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Rawan Al-Wazzan

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What guidelines would you give someone preparing a TEDx talk?

TED Community, I’ve attended a number of independently organized TEDx events and seen plenty on YouTube and was disappointed to find out that some talks presented weren’t TED material. They lacked the ‘idea worth spreading’ element. What would you suggest to a speaker who’s preparing to deliver a TEDx talk in order for them to make sure their talk is up to standards?


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Some great feedback. Thank you Fritzie Reisner, Deborah Zotian, Kashaf Mamoon, Edward Long, Shariq Hashme, Tofig Ahmed, Abhinandan Chatterjee, Johnson Tam-Lit, Philip Kanoutos, Jenoye Cole, Lucas Avelleda, Asha de Vos, JenniferAnne McCool, Carlos Miranda Levy, Bharath Kumar Kunjibettu, Lesley Rickard, Edmond Hui, and Tosca Killoran. :)

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    May 2 2012: Tell a story. Complete with an arch in the story line. Keep it simple. Watch Ridley Scott's Prometheus video and study its structure. That's what I did for my last 2 talks in TEDxSilkRoad and TEDxUChicago and the audiences enjoyed it (ppt at http://www.relief20.com/tedx ).

    Be creative, different, and then maintain a good flow and rhythm. Use anecdotes, stories and images the audience can relate to. That's what I did for my TEDxTokyo talk ( http://tedxtokyo.com/tedxtokyo-2011/program/carlos-miranda-levy/ ).

    Most important, be confident and practice, rehearse, monitor your talk, people's reaction to it, and your own opinion. Practice is the key to a good talk. Do you want to stand there and talk or do you want people to be moved by your words and stories?
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      May 5 2012: Carlos, thank you for providing your talk. Many gripping factors in it starting with the pitch-black introduction and ending with the message that "everyone" can lend a hand.

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