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Top Tips for TEDx Talks

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Top Tips for TEDx Talks

If you’re not a natural public speaker, giving a talk can be daunting. We’ve enlisted help from some trusty Open University staff who have also given TEDx talks, to find out their top tips.

Preparing your presentation:

  • First and foremost, be yourself but be willing to take advice.
  • Start at the end – thinking about your core message – and work your way back to structure.
  • Remember to manage your time effectively – you don’t want to rush the beginning or end.
  • Keep it simple and accessible – stick to three key points you want to get across.
  • Rehearse, review and reduce – your first cut will no doubt be too long. Get friends and family to listen to your presentation, time it for you, and to be a critical friend.
  • Practise as much as you can, but if you really need to, make small prompt cards to take.

When giving your talk:

  • Try to memorise it as much as possible. Some slides can help but keep them simple for the audience to understand.
  • Think about your delivery – your intonation and bringing energy into your voice helps to keep the audience engaged.
  • You are presenting for the live audience and for the livestream/recording but stay calm and try not to let it throw you.

You might be nervous but maybe you need to be a little nervous to make it good!

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