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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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    Apr 20 2012: I agree with your observations. I saw some poor material myself in here.

    When something is presented in a big stage or printed in a multi thousand copy book, we use to see it as well established knowledge. If someone starts the right questions then problems start. We have to be prepared for the right questions. So before presenting or printing or publishing we have to take some experts to give us an opinion. Or at least test our arguments our selves extensively.

    Secondly, you point it correctly yourself, someone must have an idea that interests others.

    Third, someone must have a good plan or knowledge, how others can apply that idea. Or as minimum a good suggestion in what short of societies and contexts that idea can be applied. For instance, how much money an idea like that would require or in what sort of environments that idea would have applications. More over if this idea is always an improvement. If it isn't an improvement for everybody, how can we judge that? Not all ideas are a "good idea" for everybody in the world.

    Fourth and more important you must say the truth no matter who is not going to like it. You should not start with a goal to offend people. But if someone doesn't like your suggestion, if you have good arguments and you are well prepared, it is his/her problem to bring some evidence and argue against your point. With reasonable arguments not yelling.

    No matter what are the personal beliefs of the audience someone must find arguments and reasoning that will help christians, atheists, muslims, buddhists e.t.c. to cooperate with each other and not start a war. He must follow reasoning that it is based in human rights for freedom, education and free will.

    Use points like I did.
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      May 5 2012: I always find it helpful to list points to better communicate any idea (just like you did).
      These tips are pretty helpful to anyone preparing a talk.
      Thanks Philip! :)

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