Tuesday, September 23, 2014

[How to Deliver a Great TED Talk] Post 6: Body Language

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Attitude is Important

The audience comes to see you because they like you. You should treat them nicely. Smile, and establish trust and friendliness. Behave from the time you stand up from your chair until you sit down again.

Neutral Position

A neutral position is the gesture you use when your do not want to express anything in particular. The best neutral position on the stage is probably acting as if you are speaking to your friend. Put your hand down beside your legs with your elbow bent a bit.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

[How to Deliver a Great TED Talk] Post 5: Verbal Delivery

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Authentic and Humble

      Be yourself and express your true passion. Be humble. Try to create one-on-one conversation with everyone. Use jargon-free (i.e., 6 grade level) language packaged into short clear sentences. Share expertise, not ego. Do not self-promote.

Filler Words

     These are words like ‘umm,’ ‘ahh,’ ‘you know,’ ‘I mean,’ ‘so…,’ ‘actually,’ ‘like,’ ‘sort of,’ ‘kind of,’ etc. People use these words to fill in uncomfortable silence. Avoid using these  express uncertainty, immaturity, and unpreparedness.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

[How to Deliver a Great TED Talk] Post 4: Making Great Slides

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     The best slides is ironically no slide at all. If you need slides, however, make it simple. See Ken Robinson and Simon Sinek presentation, as an example.

Three Slide Design Approaches

  1. Golden method: Use fill page picture. Fill the page with high-resolution copyrighted picture. Try to match the resolution of your pictures with that of the projector.
  2. Takahashi method: Make giant texts and make the slide clean. The best is to use one sentence per page. Use 7 by 7, i.e., no more than 7 bullets per slide and no more than 7 words per bullet. 
  3. Lessig method: The combination of the above two.
"Less is more. Be generous with whitespace.”

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

[How to Deliver a Great TED Talk] Post 3: Tell A Story

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Right Brain and Left Brain

    We are drawn mostly by feeling, but convinced by reason. Use stories and activities to appeal feeling, and use facts, strategies, tips, and techniques to convince reasoning.

Story Comes First

     Everyone loves story. So, tell great story and you will rivet people to their seat. The best story is your story. Tell people your experience and how did you feel it. Put passion into your talk. Let the audience re-experience it with you.