- The TEDx YouTube channel has nearly 10 MILLION subscribers (Compare that with the TED YouTube channel that has 8 million)
- And we can all probably name TEDx talks that have gone viral – borne from the same sort of unassuming TEDx event that I spoke at in October. Most famously, Brené Brown’s inaugural TEDx talk about vulnerability…. it’s a favorite, especially BECAUSE she had no intention and no idea it would catch fire like it did. Or, Simon Sinek's “Start With Why” talk – launched a career! (And these are just TWO of the HUNDREDS of talks – just like the one I gave – that were transported out of the live-theater moment and into the minds and hearts of millions of people through video.)
- And, even back in 2012 there were 13,000 talks – and nearly 1,000 are added each MONTH. Whoa.
5 Presentation Lessons I Learned From Giving This TEDx Talk:
I preach about practicing to anyone who will listen.
- Procrastinate, JAM it all in at the last minute, and then show up unprepared/scared/too nervous to enjoy it
- Over-practice (or, more accurately, practice incorrectly) – and show up memorized, in mechanical mode, hanging desperately on to their plan and oblivious to the needs of the moment.
- A month before the talk I had a script that I was pretty happy with and started doing my famous (…ok, not at all famous…) walk-n-talks.
- Then I started seeking feedback on the content.
- Then I changed it all.
- Then I went back to some of it.
- Then I panicked and threw it all out, convinced I didn’t know anything and I had no business talking about any of this.
- And then I just made some decisions and committed to them, because I was tired of all the changing and my heart and brain couldn’t handle it any more.
- Get yourself a coach (ahem: hi!). I asked a friend of mine to coach me whose work I admire greatly – and who I knew would be able to walk with me in the ups and downs of the process.
- Get on your feet sooner than you’re ready. I say stop at 80%…you will keep changing it (see above), but getting on your feet helps you discover what needs changing faster.
- Repetition, repetition, repetition (repetition, repetition!). Repetition!
- Share it with others before you get on stage. I held two “practices” for people outside my family. And then my kids and husband were the lucky beneficiaries of the other 100 rehearsals. Bless their hearts.
- Give yourself more time than you think you need.
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We gotta walk our talk.
AUGH, this is a hard one for me to accept, and to have learned. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the live aspect of speaking. That’s my jam, and the magic of the audience-speaker connection is literally what this talk is about, because it requires us to show up, see, and be seen.
This is both the talk of my life – and just another talk. It’s both.
And, because I'm a presentation coach as well as a speaker, I can't help but analyze this talk a bit.
How do I feel about it? Mostly good. Like anyone, I get caught up in nit-picking (why oh why didn't someone tell me to put on some more lipstick, and ARGH I repeated myself a few times and SHOOT I didn't land that joke very well, and I haven't yet figured out how to end this puppy well…)
But then I remember my message.
The point is not to impress you (though, truthfully, I hope I impress you).
The point is to connect.
So, I would be sooo so so so so grateful if you could watch – and then connect. Reply here and let me know what you thought. Share it with others, and encourage them to move beyond perfection to connection. Share it with someone you know who speaks, or is afraid to. Share it with someone who wonders if they BELONG on “stage” – leading.
Because we do. We all do.
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