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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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    Apr 23 2012: Hi Rawan, how are you?

    I'm sharing with you a presentation called "XYZ of a terrible TEDTalk", made by Chris Anderson during the TEDxSummit:

    - Take a really long time to get started;
    - "Too important to be just a talk, slow down and orate;
    - Make sure everyone knows who you are;
    - Make yourself seem smart, use abstract language and lofty concepts;
    - Who needs real substance? All that matters is that you inspire;
    - No need to build an argument;
    - Try to sound as intellectual as possible;
    - No time to waste telling stories
    - Copy your visuals of the web, too easy and no one will notice;
    - Be very serious. Humor is a terrible distraction;
    - Give lots of details about the storie and structure of the organization;
    - Slip in some snarky political comments;
    - If you`re an artist or architect, try to sound as intellectual as possible;
    - Memorizing 90% of your talk should be just fine;
    - Don`t risk being true;
    - Talk about crucial funding needs;
    - Great TEDTalks follow a formula. Crack the code and copy it.
    • May 2 2012: Regarding what makes a good TED Talk:

      J. ROLAND COLE’S OBVERSE RX’S
      (THANKS TO CHRIS ANDERSON’S SARDONIC AND SATIRIC SUGGESTIONS!):

      1. START QUICKLY. DON’T WASTE TIME.
      2. GIVE A TALK—NOT A SLOW OR DRAMATIC ORATION.
      3. TALK ABOUT THE SUBJECT, NOT YOUR SELF-IMPORTANCE.
      4. SAY IT, DON’T ATTEMPT TO IMPRESS, SOUND ERUDITE.
      5. SUBSTANCE IS WHAT’S NEEDED. (INSPIRATION OPTIONAL.)
      6. ARGUMENT NEEDED? DO IT WELL. BUILD, SHOW, JUSTIFY. (DON’T TACITLY ASK US TO ASSUME YOUR ASSUMPTIONS.)
      7. USE YOUR INTELLECT, DON’T SOUND “INTELLECTUAL.”
      8. A GOOD STORY QUICKLY ENLIVENS AND ILLUSTRATES.
      9. CREATE YOUR VISUALS, DON’T STEAL FROM WEB/OTHERS.
      10. LIVELY HUMOR BEATS DEADLY SERIOUSNESS.
      11. MAKE POINTS, DON’T GIVE NEEDLESS DETAILS.
      12. SNARKY POLITICAL COMMENTS ARE FINE—ELSEWHERE.
      13. AGAIN, ENLIGHTEN US, ESCHEW INTELLECTUALITY.
      14. KNOW YOUR POINTS AND GIVE THEM,. WINGING IT, LEAVING PARTS TO HOPE OR CHANCE, IS DISRSPECTFUL
      15. FINALLY, BE TRUE, BE YOU, AND NO FUNDING REQUESTS.
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      May 5 2012: Hi Lucas, I'm great. How about you?
      Will be sure to crack the code. ;)

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