Tuesday, August 26, 2014

[How to Deliver a Great TED Talk] Post 2: Organizing Your Talk



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Basic is Important 


     Most sport coach would say you might not be very good at the moment. But the important thing is to have a good basic. As you practice, you will get better as long as you have a strong foundation. For presentation, the basic is the organization.

Good Organization


  • Tell the audience what you are going to tell them, tell them, and tell them what you told them.
  • Opening, body, and conclusion: Your opening should tell ‘what’, while your body should tell ‘why’ and ‘how.’
  • Divide your body into three parts. These parts will help you and your audience keep track of where you are. The recommended structure is
    • Situation-complication-resolution: Start with the context. Then, hook the audience with why the world is flawed or incomplete. Finally, present your resolution.
    • Chronological narration: Reach backward in time (e.g., history or your own experience). Bring them to present and show them experience in your life that related to your key message.
    • Idea-concept: This is effective when you need to enumerate something, e.g., 8 factors to become successful.

Transition to the Next Part

     Before moving to the next part, you may call back to what you've said, and tease the audience of what's coming, buy DO NOT tell them the punch line of the next part. Tease them. Make them curious for the next part.

The Power of ‘3’

     The number of 3 is the stickiest one. One and two are not enough. Anything greater than 3 is too hard to remember. Arrange your talk into a set of three: Three parts of the talk, three key features of your products, etc.

Source: How to Deliver a TED Talk: Secrets of the World's Most Inspiring Presentations by Jeremey Donovan

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