TED curator Chris Anderson shares the secrets of giving a great TED talk. Why should you care, if it seems exceedingly improbable that you’d ever be invited to give a TED talk? Because the same principles apply any time you want to convey a burning idea you have to an audience.
1. Cover just one major idea, and have it run through your entire talk.
2. Give listeners a reason to care. Pique their curiousity. Ask intriguing questions.
3. Build your idea piece by piece out of concepts listeners are already familiar with. Use metaphors to show how the pieces fit together.
4. Make sure your idea is worth sharing. Who does this idea benefit? Of course, it should benefit your listeners.
Will Stephen demonstrates how NOT to give a TED talk: Emulating the stereotypical style of TED talks while communicating nothing at all.
And finally, master procrastinator Tim Urban (writer of the Wait But Why web comic) explains the mind of a procrastinator in graphic detail, including his own procrastination in preparing for his TED talk about procrastination.