You have a story to tell

Have you been asked to give a TED or TEDx talk? Are you prepping for an important presentation? Do you know you have something to share that will serve and inspire your audience?

If so – congratulations! And I’m sorry. Because creating an excellent talk may be one of the hardest things you've ever done.

The impact of public speaking has never been greater. So are the expectations. Audiences don't want to sit through boring instruction, hollow buzzwords and mangled PowerPoints. The standards have changed. The stakes are high.

Do you feel passionate about your message but not 100% sure how to develop it into a TED-like presentation? Maybe you've given many talks but the results felt a tad underwhelming. Or have you been staring at a blank page all day and are about ready to eat a dozen donuts, pull the covers over your head and call it quits?!

A great talk will elevate your reputation, work and influence. It can change your life. It may even change the world. A mediocre talk will be – at best – ignored. Will your presentation captivate your audience? Will your ideas make the impact you want? Can you create an effective talk with ease and confidence?

Preparing a talk is a challenge for even the most famous speaker

I know this for sure because I worked at TED for seven years and got to learn from those amazing speakers, up-close and personal.

Nowadays, TED gets billions of views, supports thousands of conferences and employs hundreds of passionate staff. It had less than 20 employees when I started working there, held one conference a year and hosted some dozen talks online. As the right-hand aide to the head curator, I helped bring millions of views to hundreds of speakers, supported the growth of TEDx, TED-Ed, TED Institute and TED Books, and served in every facet of the organization as it rocketed to prominence and the concept of the "TED talk" was created, refined and shared across the globe. 

The world needs more doers and thinkers to teach their vital ideas. I want to share my knowledge so that you can share your ideas – with intelligence, impact and authenticity. We need you. 

Six facets of a great TED talk

There is absolutely no formula for a great TED talk. However, as a great presenter you will integrate and balance these qualities:

  1. A passion for sharing your idea: A TED curator gave me a tip about how she selects speakers: if they seemed most interested in publicizing their new book, their TED talk would likely be blah, (no matter how great the book). If they were filled with passion to share the ideas in the book, (or their insights, invention, projects) they’d electrify the audience, (no matter the size of their credentials). The best speakers want to share their ideas as a gift to the audience. Working together, we will clarify, uncover and pinpoint what you are most excited to share. When you are grounded in the certainty of what you have to give, you stand in your genuine power and become unshakable as a speaker.
  2. An idea that changes your audience’s understanding: A great talk doesn’t need to be a complex, brand-new discovery or invention. What a great talk achieves is to expand our choices, possibilities and hopes. It lets us understand the world in a new and better way. I’ll help you see the value of your unique understanding and experiences. As Martha Graham said, “…there is only one of you in all time, (your) expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” 
  3. A focused theme and through-line: A talk that tries to say everything ends up saying nothing. You may know so much about your topic that it's frustrating to cull it to fit 18-minutes or less. We’ll work to focus your theme and through-line, to ensure that every piece of content has a purpose and that your audience truly understands and appreciates your gifts.
  4. A compelling start. A satisfying end: We love stories, we learn through stories, we retain knowledge through stories. A well-told story grabs you up into its quest, adventure or mystery. People often think TED stands for Technology, Education, Design. That 'E' actually stands for Entertainment. Let's craft your story so your ideas elucidate, educate and entertain.
  5. Clear writing: I don't mean to offend, but a live audience suffers a form of mental deficiency. In a live presentation, words and concepts rush by. There's no rewind button. We can't flip back to reread a dense paragraph. If your audience loses the thread, they disengage. As an editor, I will help build a scaffolding of clear, sturdy and uncomplicated language.
  6. An authentic emotional connection: You may have been told that a TED-like talk includes your personal story. No. A great speaker is simply real and present. Authentic presence is compelling. I will support you to find and share your truth – to the precise amount that is comfortable for you and fitting for your ideas. 

You have a unique, valuable message. Let's nurture it.

Focus and articulate your passion, develop your authentic voice and create a TED or TEDx presentation that shares your brilliant ideas with joy, clarity and satisfaction. Nourish your ideas, work more productively, and create a pitch-perfect presentation. Give a great talk and have some fun while doing it. I love to help good ideas unfold.

Contact me for a free phone consultation.

Nurture your talk with insight. Support it with clarity and direction. Share it with confidence and satisfaction.

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