Beyond TED: Why and how you should prepare shorter talks

With presentations in the popular series maxing out at 18 minutes, audiences have recalibrated their attention spans. Speakers, though, are exploring a new frontier: the two-to-five-minute tal

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Lots of people assume that all TED talks are the famous 18 minutes long, and they think that’s short enough.

Yet the lengths of popular talks in this style are getting even shorter.

At least one TEDGlobal speaker tells me that 14 minutes, rather than 18, is the limit under discussion. Far shorter are the two-minute talks given by innovators featured in TEDMED’s The Hive, bringing them to the main stage.

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