TEDxYouth Organizer, TEDxKhartoum

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How to motivate TEDx speakers before the event?

As the TEDxYouth@Khartoum conference approaches, our question is about how we can help motivate and prepare our speakers, psychologically and mentally, to give a great talk.

  • Nov 4 2012: Hi Khalid

    If you question is about how to make then to be confident in the moment of speaking I will give you handful and useful tips.

    1. ask them to remember a moment they were confident
    2, make a circle around them where they stand at the very moment.
    3. touch their shoulder (this called anchoring)

    (let them have/create a movie in their mind about this moment while they are standing in the circle)

    4. take them out of circle, let them shake their arms.
    5. ask them how they felt when their were in circle (at that moment touch exactly where you have touched when they were in circle)
    6. make them imagine there are in the circle (while actually they are not standing in the circle)

    if at some point it wouldn't work, go back and repeat the steps. make them remember a moment , then go to stand in the middle of circle, then anchor the moment. and then take them out of circle.

    make them imagine that they are going to talk in front of cartoon characters. (this even works with adults)
    if you wonder how I know all this. I can tell you that I help students and small and medium size business people with their presentational and public speaking, I use NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) techniques - (NLP is known as applied psychology)

    Feel free to ask any question you may have

    Good luck and success with your event
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    Nov 2 2012: I am also a speaker at the coming TEDxAkure. A worthy example for speakers is Gandhi's way, as expressed by his assistant Mahadev Desai: "What Gandhi thinks, what he feels, what he says, and what he does, are all the same. He does not need notes."
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    Lejan .

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    Nov 2 2012: Unless you sedate them with drugs, stage fright is always part of the game... :o) And that's ok.

    What you can do as a backstage host is just being friendly and try to sense what an individual may need. Some may wish to talk about anything just to get their thoughts off the speach in front of them. Some may wish for silence and time to focus and concentrate. So a backstage area should offer both if possible. A meeting area and a retreat. You could also serve some teas of the calming type and stimulating drinks like coffee and such alike. For some people a small glass of champagne does wonders, but alcohol should only - if at all - be served in very small quantities, as it becomes destructive otherwise. Smokers would be happy if they could smoke somewhere, and little bowls of snacks like peanuts would keep many nervous hands beautifully busy... :o)

    Finally, a view words of encouragement and an open smile on the way out to stage will support as best as you can.

    Good luck and good success with your conference!
    • Nov 3 2012: Am not a backstage host i am in the speaker comity, I'm talking about in reahearsal how make them ready to Event
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    Nov 2 2012: The situation is difficult to visualize. Have you invited people with little experience speaking to groups? Have they been expressing nervous concerns to you or reluctance to be on your program?

    How to prepare people depends very much on why you do not expect them to speak well without your assistance.

    Are they nervous and lacking in intrinsic motivation - or is it really that you don't have confidence in them?

    Whatever you decide to do, I would suggest that you try not to let your anxiety about their motivations or ability to speak well interfere with their natural motivation and poise.
    • Nov 3 2012: Thanks very much i will try that , they are developing
  • Nov 1 2012: If they are not motivated why have them to speak?
    • Nov 2 2012: They are motivated but we wont them to be more motivated , they are nerves
    • Nov 4 2012: Entropy

      Public Speaking is not an easy job.

      if you have ever tried to do in front of 5 or 10 unknown to you people group, you may know what it is.
      it is not like telling your 5 friends at once about your great idea or telling them your last night dream.