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"The problem is not you do not have enough stories. It's that you have too many." "Your objective is to sell a seed of inspiration."
"The speakers who gave these talks were not the first to explore those subjects, and they will not be the last. They touched us by giving their perspective on why these ideas matter and how you can make a difference."
"A great introduction tempts the audience with the taste of the benefits they're going to get, but does not go so far as to give away the bacon.”"Though we respect authority, we trust people who are similar."
"World class speakers strive to mirror the energy in the room at the opening, and then lead their audience on an emotional journey for the remainder of their talk."
"You are taking your audience on a primarily emotional journey. The facts allow you to anticipate, state, and acknowledge the logical objection that arise in naturally curious and instinctively skeptical human brains."
"People crave speakers and stories that are authentic, yes, but also passionate and fun."
"Less is more. Be generous with whitespace."
"Use slides as a place where you take off and land. Nothing more."--Craig Valentine
Source: How to Deliver a TED Talk: Secrets of the World's Most Inspiring Presentations by Jeremey Donovan