I found out the hard way that bad public speaking is contagious. As a schoolboy I wasn’t active at all in presenting in public, not to mention giving a public speech……
Then I grew up and started working, I’ve been in IT professional training, corporate work and consultation job in the early days. I started getting myself involved in public speaking, presentation, pitching, awareness talk and conducting training. I usually spent a lot of time for preparation, I always prepared managing details and start rehearse so that my fear and nervous in public speaking can be minimised and controlled.
As time goes, I started to get comfortable in presentation and public speaking. I was fascinating of speaker who present in TED talk. I really wish I could give a TED talk one day. And I actually do practice for it, all I need is 18 minutes, a topic and an audience – if only my goldfish or my computer. The act of trying to give a talk in the tradition of TED will change the way I think and feel about public speaking.
There are more than 1,000 talks on the TED website with more than 1M views, typically delivered by writers, academics or entrepreneurs who have been giving mediocre talks as a matter of habit, and who have been suddenly challenged to stop being mediocre. Faced with the obligation to deliver the talk of their lives, they decided to do the work and take the necessary risks.
There is no formula for a great talk, but there are some common elements. First and most important: there is a point, an idea worth hearing about. Second, the talk has a “throughline” — meaning that most of what is said in some way supports that idea. There may be stories and jokes, even surprises — but everything is relevant. Third, the speaker connects with those listening — perhaps through humour, stories, or simply making eye contact and speaking frankly. Finally, the speech explains concepts or advances arguments by starting from what the audience understand, and proceeding step by step through more surprising territory. It can be very hard for a speaker to appreciate just how much he knows that his audience do not. One reason to rehearse is that an audience can tell you when they get lost.
Even I didn’t do any TED talk (yet), but I do improve a lot and smoothly delivered my pitching to different audiences. .
Preparing to give a high-stakes speech is like training for a marathon or studying for an exam: even if you only do it once, the process will teach you things you will always remember.
“All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson