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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 the most important information that matters.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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