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What do you do with an idea?

An idea isn’t just something you can plan or prepare in time for a meeting, It just pops into your mind when it’s ready to, and there you are.

So, when you do have an idea, what do you do with it?

Well, there are lots of options. You can avoid it because it’s a bit scary or you can try to hide or abandon it. You can decide that it’s silly and not worth any attention or you can pretend that it doesn’t belong to you at all.

However, sometimes it’s not easy to just forget your idea and chuck  it into your mental trash basket to be lost forever. It  keeps popping up and won’t leave you alone – it wants to be heard! You’re driving back home and suddenly you catch your breath. It’s your idea and it’s exciting and  you want to explore it and play with it. Next day you’re in the middle of a conversation with a friend and your idea keeps bugging you and won’t let you focus. It wakes you up in the morning, it doesn’t let you sleep at night, it makes you feel alive.

From this moment on you realize that your idea needs your conscious attention and instead of trashing and ignoring it, you start to nurture it, build it, take care of it and satisfy its needs. Let it run wild!

Day after day your idea becomes bigger and stronger, and you enjoy the time you can spend with it, watching it grow and take shape into something beautiful and elegant. You love your idea. It´s turned into a significant and meaningful  part of your life and you decide that it’s ready to be shared with other people.

Are you afraid that they won’t like it as much as you do and may criticise it? Well, some of them inevitably will. They’ll say your idea is too simple, unrealistic and that it would be better to hide it and never show it to the world again.

And you could believe them and start feeling ashamed and run away from it. But why should they decide? Why should you listen to them if only you know how much happiness it can bring you?

And then your idea is complete and mature, it’s become a part of everything. You might sometimes think that your idea has turned your world upside down, but It encourages you to think bigger and see things from a different perspective.

Now you know what to do with it.

May your idea change the world.

Kobi YamadaWhat Do You Do with an Idea?. Compendium Inc, 2014

By Yevheniia Bielskikh

How to prepare your TEDx Talk

TEDxTUWien How to prepare your TEDx Talk - Zeynep Guelle

Here are some steps to follow

Defining the IDEA you want to share

This might seem like an obvious step to begin with, but it can be hard to define exactly what you are going to talk about.

First of all, your talk should correspond with this set of criteria: Expert, passionate and unique.

  1. Being an expert doesn’t mean that you should know everything related to your topic, but you should be competent enough to provide accurate information from verified sources.
  2. Being passionate means believing in what you’re doing. It also helps to create an emotional connection with the audience.
  3. Try to understand what´s special about you and your experience and what makes you stand out.

Focus on one major idea and identify the primary purpose of your talk. Is it to educate your audience? Is it your goal to entertain? Or maybe you want to inspire people and motivate them to take action? It’s up to you, but clarifying this point will help you build the core and premise of your presentation.

Preparing for the talk itself

  • Here are some tips that can help you to give a great speech.
  • Develop an understanding of the TED talk format by reviewing the best TED videos. Don’t try to copy the speaker’s style, just try to get a feel for how different the energy and flow of every talk is.
  • From Global to Local. Explain the general idea before you go into the details. It`s important to grab your audience’s attention before they get lost in detailed explanations.
  • Bring your own “personality” to the story. Your experience and feelings are what make it exceptional and give people a reason to care.
  • Don’t forget about timing, your talk should be around 18 minutes.
  • Create the PowerPoint presentation with noteworthy slides. Remember that you’re the main source of information on the stage.
  • Close the loop. Find a catchy and memorable final point for your talk.

Rehearsing

  • Start to rehearse early enough. Depending on your experience it could take around 2 months, so take that into account and schedule in enough rehearsal time before the actual event.
  • Rehearse under different conditions. Use different locations to practice during the day/night/evening. Try to observe how this influences you.
  • Listen to and observe Record your speech and listen to it while driving back home or preparing your lunch for example. It will give you a chance to thoroughly memorize your talk and to get used to the tempo and flow of your talk.
  • Practice with a clock counting up and practice with a clock counting down.
  • Divide your talk into milestones and measure the amount of time needed for each section of your presentation.
  • Find a coach to support you.

Final step- Giving an amazing talk!

By Yevheniia Bielskikh