A few years ago I was lucky enough to be selected for a TedX talk at my university. It was a great day when I found out, and then the preparations began! That’s certainly a talk I didn’t want to mess up, although I often think that I would have got more views if I had fallen down the stairs.
I was lucky enough to get some great coaching from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating science — and some tips on what to do/not to do on camera!
The first thing I will say, and which I had never thought about is that the lights on stage are really hot — be well hydrated before you start. And don’t wear hot clothes or you’ll be sweating the whole talk through!
Here are a few tips I was given:
- Link your topic to a personal story people can relate to
- Do not move a lot or constantly shift your weight back and forth
- You are talking to the audience on stage, but also to the people who will watch the video — so make eye contact with it every now and then.
- Know your timing
- Have few, simple, impactful images
- What is the point you are tying to get across, are you succeeding?
- Practice with non-experts, do they get your point?
- Record yourself on camera, what is your body language saying?
- Visit the place where the event is going to take place before hand
- Even better — practice one time on-site
Do you have thoughts to add to the list?