3 crucial speaking tips from a TED talks insider

Whether you’re speaking to a small group of potential clients or making a keynote address at a major industry conference, these tactics will make your message resonate.

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There’s something extraordinary about TED.

The nonprofit foundation has touched millions worldwide with inspirational talks, spreading ideas that invite listeners to see the world in a new or different way. Chances are, you’ve been deeply affected by at least one TED talk.

I was recently honored to serve on the Speaker Selection Committee and be a speaker coach for a TEDx event in Raleigh, North Carolina. This experience gave rise to some lessons and tips:

1. Have an idea worth spreading.

Before you step up to speak, develop a compelling core message—the one simple phrase or sentence that captures the essence of your presentation. My TEDx experience renewed my admiration for the brilliance and elegance of a simply stated core message.

The most important thing you can do as a speaker is to develop your point of view, your idea worth spreading.

Here are some stand-out examples from TEDxRaleigh that are clear, simple, action-oriented and easy to share:

Dr. Kevin Snyder, TEDxRaleigh curator, says, “Whether it’s designing a talk for a TEDx event, a workshop or a keynote presentation, it is essential to have a core message that inspires others to do something.”

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