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Anatomy of Maysoon Zayid's TED Talk
TED Lessons
11th May 2016

Maysoon Zayid: Anatomy of an Inspiring Speaker

Maysoon Zayid brings lightening to the TED stage with poise and brilliant wit. The Arab-American comedian takes us on a journey of her adventures as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled. She has cerebral palsy, but utterly aside from the inspiration that comes from someone with difficulties speaking up, she is gutsy, funny and a massive, massive showman. She shows us what it is to boldly bring your personality and your story onto stage – and just how powerful that is.  ~ Here are some of the amazing ways she brings her personality: ~ Vulnerability Maysoon shows…
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Totally Terrific TED Talks from 2015
TED Lessons
30th December 2015

5 totally terrific TED Talks from 2015

  As we begin the countdown to 2016, let's take a look back at TED Talks in 2015. From scandals to extreme adversity, 2015 was the year of 'overcoming'.  Here are five TED Talks that rocked it, socked it, and clocked it! Which talks did you enjoy? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter. An incredible life Dame Stephanie Shirley is a study in perseverance and triumph over adversity. She tells the incredible story of her life in this TED talk -- inspiring and full of specific insight on how we can push through the next barrier --…
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Why most corporate conference speeches suck!
Delivering a TalkTED Lessons
30th March 2015

Why Most Conference Speeches Suck!

Most corporate beings spend days, weeks, months of our career sat in daylight-free, recycled-air, hotel boxes listening to our company leadership waffle on about nothing in particular that will score precisely nil points in our memory. (more…)
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Monica Lewinsky TED talk
TED Lessons
23rd March 2015

How to own your story – just like Monica Lewinsky

After many years of silence, Monica Lewinsky - the former White House intern who became notorious for her affair with President Clinton - has decided to take back her narrative and give purpose to her past. She is determined to have a different ending to her story. We don't all have a story like Monica's - one in which the personal became political in a dramatic way - but we do all have a choice as to how we tell our story, and we can all repurpose our past. (more…)
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ted talk - ted or dead
TED Lessons
18th April 2014

Spot the difference: TED vs ‘dead’ talks

TED talkers are not usually speaking gurus but are innovators in their fields, usually in the fields of research and technology. Usually professionals doing really cool and interesting work. TED audiences expect innovative and interesting ideas – hence the tagline “Ideas Worth Spreading”.  Any "good" talk is one that at least meets audience expectations. But for a TED or TEDx event, the message not only needs to be original and simple: it also has to be relevant to the discerning room full of intelligent innovators that usually comprise a TED audience. In other words, the TED talker has to capture attention…
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Ken Robinson speech
TED Lessons
3rd April 2014

Ken Robinson: Anatomy of an Inspiring Speaker

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson is celebrated as the standard to which all TED Talks are held. Robinson is an internationally recognized leader in education, innovation, creativity and human resources. His three TED Talks have been viewed an amazing 21.5 million times, making him the most viewed speaker on TED.com. Ken's first talk "Do schools kill creativity?", remains the most viewed of all TED Talks so far. Downloaded over 20 million times from all platforms in over 150 countries, it still continues to be downloaded about 10,000 times a day from the TED site. But why? Why is it that we (and the…
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Analysis of Anthony Robbin's speech
TED Lessons
20th February 2014

Anthony Robbins: Anatomy of an Inspiring Speaker

What was it that made Anthony Robbins TED talk 'Why we do what we do' one of the most amazing speaking moments in recent times? As public speaking expert Sarah Lloyd-Hughes analyzes Tony Robbins, we'll see that the magic comes from much more than a good script... (more…)
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Analysis of Jill Bolte Taylor's speech
TED Lessons
13th February 2014

Jill BolteTaylor : Anatomy of an Inspiring Speaker

What was it that made Jill Bolte Taylor's TED talk 'My stroke of insight' one of the most amazing speaking moments of all time? As public speaking expert Sarah Lloyd-Hughes analyzes Jill Bolte Taylor, we'll see that the magic comes from much more than a good script... (more…)
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Writing a great speech
TED LessonsWriting Your Content
11th March 2013

The Golden Thread approach to writing a great speech

To write good content for your speech you need to be crystal clear about the message you're trying to get across to your audience. Here we look at the Golden Thread method for writing a great speech by constructing compelling speech content. Simple and very powerful - this is the method we use to teach TED style speakers how to shine. (more…)
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How to speak to a large audience
Delivering a TalkTED Lessons
5th March 2013

How to speak to a large audience

Often my clients get intimidated by large audiences. Sometimes it's like 7 people in the room is ok, but if the 8th person walks in, you can't handle it. Whatever a 'big' audience is for you, how do you get confident to speak in front of them? Let's investigate exactly how to speak to a large audience... (more…)
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