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9. Do one more FULL timed rehearsal

Right before you go onstage (we’re talking day-of), do one more timed rehearsal. This will ensure that you know the speech and that you’re well aware of where you might need to slow down or speed up.


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10. Have two natural ending points

10. Have two natural ending points

Pick two natural places you could stop in your talk, then demarcate those as possible endings.

That way, if you’re running way over, you can stop at your first ending point, and while your audience may miss out on some inspirational or emotional ending, they’ll have heard all of th...


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8. Don’t be camera shy.

8. Don’t be camera shy.

  • Videotape some of your final practices. It doesn’t have to be a high-end video setup. Videotaping yourself helps you get used to looking at the camera, and you can review the video to look at your stage presence, eye contact, gestures, plus identify any expressions


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3. Rehearse with a great (honest) communicator.

3. Rehearse with a great (honest) communicator.

Choose someone you trust and also that understands how to give a TED Talk, and rehearse with them.

You love your material and you want to include all of it, but if you want to master how to give a TED Talk successfully, you need someone you trust to help you murder your darlings.


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4. Close the loop.

4. Close the loop.

A lot of times, as the presenter, you know your material so well that you think you’re making each key point clear. You might not be. Your coach should make sure you are telling people why.

  • It’s the “why” around our ideas that make them spread, not the “how.”



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6. Practice with clock counting down

  1. Once you’re within the timeframe, begin practicing with the clock counting down.
  2. You need to set a few places in your talk where you benchmark a time stamp.
  3. Calculate where you need to be in the content in six-minute increments. You should know roughly where you should be a...


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2. Solicit feedback

2. Solicit feedback

Assemble a handful of people who are effective presenters that you trust to give honest, unfiltered feedback on your narrative and slides.

Have them give you feedback on the content you’ve chosen and ask whether they think it will resonate with your audience.


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1. Print your current slide deck as 9-up handouts.

1. Print your current slide deck as 9-up handouts.

The 9-up format is conveniently the same size as the smallest sticky note. Keep trimming and trimming until you feel you are close to 18 minutes.

During this process it becomes clear that your big idea can be communicated in a succinct, distilled manner.


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5. Practice with clock counting up

  1. The first few times, rehearse with the clock counting up. That’s because if you go over, you need to know how much you’re over.
  2. Do NOT be looking at the clock at this time. Have your coach look at it because you don’t want to remember any of the tim...


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7. Be noteworthy.

7. Be noteworthy.

  • Your coach is there to jot down what you say well and what you don’t.
  • They should work from a printout of the slides and write phrases you deliver effectively so they can be added to your script.
  • They should help you capture phrases so you can type them into your notes.


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