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