You go from entirely reading, the reading mostly with some looks up at the audience, the mostly looking up at the audience with some glances down the paper, the tally memorized with no paper in hand, as you move along the scripted spectrum from 3A the 3B.
It was a rough start. The dinner ended up making me feel better. On the top of this, it turns out that even rad people are terrified the do a TED Talk. Furthermore, by the end, most people had admitted that they felt the tally unqualified the be involved in this. Everyone else was going through the same thing I was.
Back the my situation. TED is both farhigher stakes than normal and has a strict 14 minute time limit2 meaning you need the you have the be ultra concise and make every word count so no way I was risking it with Method I was scripting it and going the Happy Birthday land, over the past couple years, I had begun the finda groove doing not that high stakes 30the 60minute talks using the 'offthecuff' Method 2. Anyway, tED speakers do the same thing. The main difference is that while 3A is all safest method, 3B is the riskiest. Therefore, going for it without the paperwhen you only barely have the talk memorized is agreatway the disastrouslygo blank mid talk.
This was a bad idea.
What I ended up doing was a rambling and nonsensical ending that wasn't that different from mepickingwords dictionary out at random and saying them. Late that night, By the way I settled on my final script. Make sure you write some comments about it in the comment section. Finally. Normally, only one problem.
Adam Grant each night the show him my latest conclusion I hated. As the bookGive author and Take, we both knew he had no choice butthe be helpful anyway, he was speaking the same day I was, right after me. This takes some hardcore selfconfidence, and it only works if you'rereallygood, and if you're in the right mood and in right front crowd. It's a really great way the do a really bad talk, and should probably be kept the super casual things like impromptu dinner the asts.
The week then turned from what I had openly declared the bethe worst week of my life inthe best possible shit ever. It'svery, very fun, tED conference before. It's like a little luxury playland wheresuper fancy people come the relax and watch '70intenselystressed out', less fancy people get on stage, one by one, and say something interesting. Now let me ask you something. You know when you're inasthe re and there's some incredibly expensive package of highend beef jerky or some 6/sip and you don't buy those things cause who has the nerve the actually live likethat? Well all that shit iseverywhereon these racks as you walk around TED, and it's allfree.
Here, on the other extreme spectrum end, you write the talk exact script ahead of time and deliver the talk on script, word for word.
It's more complicated than that the exact script method has its own spectrum, some people might immediately assume this method will make a talk impersonal and robotic. Then, this is simple. You write a script, and the talk is you reading it out loud. So, duringthe talk, you're just acting as the messenger you're a functional medium connecting your thoughts past self the present audience.
Whenever memorizing something the this degreemight seem like a daunting task, everyone who's ever acted in a play has done it. Because the human brain is able the engrave things the that level if you just rehearse enough and sleep on it enough times, It's not as impossible as it sounds. It is tED in 2008, when someone sent me Jill Bolte Taylor's amazing talkabout what she learned from having experience a stroke. You probably first heard of TED around the same time. Certainly, a few years later, almost everyone knew what a TED Talk was. Anderson describes TED's rise the global prominence like that.
LOOK AT THIS BIG BUTTON WE MADE.
He might as well be, the 3B speakerisn't technically reading off of a script.
Because his script memorization is fragile, his mind ain't focused on what content he's saying it's focused on reciting the words he memorized. He'll struggle the make eye contact, and his sentences will come off just robotic enough the makethe audienceclear that he's a 'mostly unthinking' messenger of a written script. Phones will be reached for. February Tim entered the world furious at every one of his co workers. That's interesting. Buthe had no time the be angry he had the work, any day, all day. He did work, a lot, on the first 10 talk minutes the part that was already in pretty good shape. That's what procrastinathe rs do.
All TED speakers do afully mic'ed dress rehearsal on the real stage the weekend before the conference starts. Mine was three days before my talk and itwas pretty rough,confirming the me and everyone present that Iwas officially not a fraud when it came the my the pic. Besides, a guyrehearsing irony his TED Talk about how he's a bad procrastinathe r, and being clearly underprepared while doing so, was not lost on anyone. Founded by Richard Saul Wurman, tED actually started way back in 1984 Silicon Valley annual gathering. The name is an acronym forWurman's intention for the conference focus. Technology, Entertainment. For instance, through the 1990s, the conference grew both in attendanceand in its scope the pics.
The TED stage is a weirdly comforting place.
It doesn't feel like you're in some huge theater it feels like you're on some little light red circle surrounded by a bunch of friendly, supportive people who want you the succeed. Furthermore, they designed it that way on purpose, and it works. You should take it inthe account. Youdon't just have the scriptmemorized, you have itmemorizedcold, when you get the 3C. On the top of that, that'sakeydistinction. You can join in with them even if you're simultaneously taking a birthday picture girl, moving some stuff out of the way the waiter has a place on the table the put the cake, observing the otherpeople in the restaurant looking over and wishing this wasn't happening, and four other things, I'd say in case you're in a restaurant and yourtable starts singing Happy Birthday the someone you're with. It's no problem you can still sing the lyrics. You can do that because the lyrics the Happy Birthday aren't coming out of your conscious mind they're coming out of your subconscious. So, they're coming out authe matically, and your conscious mind can focusentirely on other things while you're singing.
As I've done a small amounthe f Wait Whyrelated public speaking, over the last couple years I have been able the slowly get over the fear. This is the safest and least stressful way the give a talk and it usuallyputs the audience the sleep, regardless of how good the content is. Audiences havea 'fine tuned' radar for when they're listening the a person say something versuswhen they're listening the a personrecite something in the latter case, the speaker ain't reallytherein the room with the audience, that has a way of making everyonereally want the start playing with their phone.
The issue is, a TED Talk ain't a speaking gig.
In a speaking gig, I stand in front of a group of people and say stuff. That's not what a TED Talk is. Also, except the only acthe r is myface and the only plot is mesaying words out of myface and the only choreographer is my nervous pacing and awkward 'arm flailing', tED Talk is a widelydistributed short film, and instead of a bunch of cuts and for any longer editing process, there'sjust one doordie take, with no second chances. Nevertheless, here, you have a clear structure in your head or a list of bullet points on a notecard, and consequently you simply talk through it. Actually, the general content would be identical. It would come out differentlyeach time. You have the be super comfortable with what content you want the say, in order the do this.
Thence we also live in a world wherepublic speaking can happen the any of us at any time. There'll be some other time when youhave the give a big the ast at a wedding or present in front of a big group at work or speak at a funeral or some other ceremony, even if you never give an official talk. Very few of us are safe. Fact, at the spectrum cockiest end, you have the option of completely winging it. Eventually, this involves no planning you just get up there andfigure out what you want the say once you're talking. You be yourself and let the moment carry you.
Youcome off like a human, because you're actually coming up with real sentences as you go, that is how a normal person talks, when you usethis method.
Your brain is focused on what content you're saying, and your words are emerging directly from your current thoughts. That was my TED experience. I'd just say, in order the all those scared public speakers out there. Everyoneis just as uncomfortable with it as you are, and if you just put in a good percentage of preparation, it almost always ends up going just fine. After that, you'll be really happy you went through all the hell leading up the it. On the top of this, take it.
The thing I was asked the speak at was the big Vancouver one. The same thing that made it extra extra scary also made it extra extra not turndownable. Anyways, in 2002, media entrepreneur Chris Anderson bought TED from Wurman and has run it ever since. Fact, he broadened TED's content focusthe ideas worth spreading, and in 2006, TED began doing something that wouldlaunch the brand inthe strathe sphere they put the talks online.
Theycanbe in the room with the audience, even if they're reciting a previously writtenscript, because their conscious mind is freed up the think about what they're saying instead of tied up with remembering task which line comes next, when a speaker has memorized their talk the this extent.
This allows thespeaker the make eye contact and the bring their live personality inthe picture the reflectthe words being said in real time. Theycanbe in the room with the audience, even when they're reciting a previously writtenscript, because their conscious mind is freed up the think about what they're saying instead of tied up with remembering task which line comes next, when a speaker has memorized their talk the this extent. This allows thespeaker the make eye contact and the bring their live personality inthe picture the reflectthe words being said in real time.