She also taught at the university level for several years.
Sep 23rd, Ed: A few weeks ago, Becky Blanton wrote to me saying: It was a godsend literally. As a speaker, one major milestone you face is your first highly public speech. However, if you do, it helps to remember that the things which make TED talks great can make all talks great.
TED speakers are asked to do six things in their talk: My father had recently died. I had become invisible, one of the 3. Yet three years later the lowest point of my life was suddenly fodder for a TED talk.
As an attendee, I was eligible to compete for a chance to talk at TED. But now that year or more of being invisible to society had the potential to educate and inspire society. This would not only be the first professional speech of my life, it would be about the most emotional and trying year of my life.
I had less than two months to prepare. It was a challenge. I turned to a variety of sources, including Six Minutesfor help. But how do you narrow your focus and distill a life to mere minutes?
Determine your message — is it to educate? I wanted to do all those things. I had lived in my van for a year with a dog and house cat while working a full-time job. There was the day-to-day struggle to eat, sleep, work, shower and survive on the streets.
There was the struggle to remain true to the vision I had of being a free spirit on an adventure while fighting clinical depression. Be Authentic I kept asking myself, what was my message?
Where did I focus? What would I want to know if I heard a similar story? What got me out of the van and homelessness and back into an apartment?
That was the message, the quality, the focus. From there it just got easier. But it was also about the essence of things — like perspectives and judgments, that influence our lives. In this context, my message was clear: People are their dreams and visions. Take time to focus each idea you want to express, then pick the most compelling, the strongest idea.
So I told my story. Once I believed that, I could start looking at how my experience, my journey through homelessness, while the same on many levels, was also new and untold in many other ways. I wanted my audience to be with me emotionally, but to identify with me, not to feel sorry for me.
I wanted to come across as authentic, not as a victim. To do that I focused on the facts, not on the trauma of the pain or the emotion. Tell the story and let the reader or listener make their own choice about the outcome.
If you can provide that, the rest will come. I had nothing to sell, so abiding by that rule was easy! If you have a great message, a fabulous idea, or an amazing story or product — people will want to buy. Focus on being remarkable, not profitable.
I watched several people interrupted when they breached their time limit. The same holds true for any venue where you talk. Even if you go over your limit, the audience is watching the clock.The threeTED Ed talks below offer a great illustration of how these elements work together to render a good piece of writing.
These videos have been featured in TED Ed blog and for more lessons on writing, grammar and linguistics check out TED Ed lesson series “ The Writer’s Workshop ” and “ Playing with Language.”.
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Aug 06, · Now that you have an idea of what makes a good TED Talk, let’s consider how to develop the assignment.
Learning goals: You will have content-related goals, of course. Consider, too, what you want students to learn from preparing a TED-style talk. Then, students work together to classify those writing genres in various categories, such as formal and informal, public and private, and digital writing.
Students then invite people into the classroom to talk about what, why, and how they write in real life. TED is a non-profit organisation for spreading ideas, in the form of short, powerful talks of 18 minutes or less.
All the talks are posted on YouTube. All the talks are posted on YouTube. The main 5-day conference is held in America, but smaller TEDx conferences are independently run to help share ideas in communities around the world. A book talk is an activity that is often used in middle school to encourage students to read more books in their spare time.
Book talks have the goal of sharing books with students in hopes that they will find the book interesting and read it.