What are the elements that make an incredible TEDtalk – or any inspiring speech or talk, for that matter?
As another edition of TEDxAmsterdamED looms on the horizon, we asked Joni Bais, director and co-founder of Great Communicators, and Jessika Lynch, curator and co-founder of TEDxAmsterdamED, to share what makes a great TED talk. Between the two of them, Bais and Lynch have selected and/or coached dozens of successful TEDx speakers, presented workshops, written content for, and worked with many other speakers to create, shape, and present their talks on various stages and events.
The two recently met for coffee to answer the question: how do you put together a great TED talk?
Attending a TED or TEDx event tends to be a very special opportunity for most people who get the chance to be at an event live. It has been described by one of our past guests as, “a day that leaves you tingling from every nerve ending.” We’d have to agree.
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As the date of the TEDxAmsterdamED main event draws nearer, preparations on all levels have been intensifying. This is especially true for the speakers, who have now taken the first steps in the TEDxAmsterdamED coaching program run by our partner, Great Communicators.
It was a nice surprise to see one of the former speakers of TEDxAmsterdamED, Jaffar Al-Ani, as our host yesterday. Now I know that TEDx is not only valuable for the audience, but also for the speakers themselves. What an amazing amount of growth Jaffar has gone through in comparison to his talk in 2013. Loved his talk then, but loved him more today as a free speaker! Jaffar took a moment to point out the right to free speech, referring to the horrible week in Paris. The pitches were fast, good and varied. As a regular speaker on stage, I was impressed by the way the speakers presented themselves.
TEDxAmsterdamED’s program team spends the better part of a year researching speakers to present their talks at our main event. One way we look for speakers is via our annual Speaker Pitch, where we ask our community to spread the word and let us hear the best Ideas Worth Spreading in education. This year’s Speaker Pitch event will be held on January 11, 2015 in Boom Chicago Amsterdam.