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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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    May 7 2012: I am a TEDxYouth@BIS organizer and I give the speakers this:

    The ideal TEDxYouth@BIS speaker is...

    1. Engaging and Inspirational (Will the idea engage the audience? Would our audience be excited about hearing this talk? Does the idea generate conversation among the audience?)

    2. Original and Creative (Is the idea presented in a new way? Will it open people’s eyes to a new point of view?)

    3. Relevant (Is the idea relevant to our theme? Can our audience relate to the idea?)

    4. Logical (Did the speaker give a clear overview of their talk? Is this structure clear and logical?)

    5. Experienced (Will the speaker’s background appeal to the audience? Are they qualified to give this talk? Is their presentation style enthusiastic and entertaining?)

    6. Selfless (Is the idea free from branding? Does the speaker think about others and leave out any personal agenda?)

    As the young speakers develop their talk we ask them to reflect on if they embody the above qualities and if they are ready for the stage. We pair them with mentor teachers to help them define or refine what they want to say, and practice in English if they need to. We encourage them to think, "If people walked away with a headline of my talk, what would it be?" and most important we encourage them to think of this as a learning journey and remind them that they will get improve each time they take on the challenge!

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