Have you had dreams of being a speaker on a big stage – – lighting up the audience with empowering thoughts and meaningful laughter?
I have been doing that for over 30 years on the keynote stage. Lately, however, the keynoting business is celebrity-driven. So unless you are already “famous” or have a best-selling book (and I don’t mean only on Amazon), it’s a long-shot.
The good news is you don’t need to do a keynote to grow your business. You can do a TEDx Talk! What is that? It’s a showcase for speakers presenting well-formed ideas (worth spreading) in under 18 minutes.
From the website: “The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences. TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. TED is a non-profit organization committed to building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers, who present their ‘ideas worth spreading’ via more than 2,000 TED Talks accessible at TED.com.”
“I can do that!” you may be tempted to think. Yes, you can.
I’ve been helping people create TED-type talks for years, and now, I’m official! I have been named speaker coach for the TEDx program at Loyola Marymount University.
You need to develop an idea. Take evidence or observations and draw a larger conclusion. Is it something new, something surprising, an old idea in a new light, or do you challenge a belief? If you say “yes” to one or more of these questions, you have a start. Do you need to be THE expert on your topic?
No. AN expert—yes. The next step is to make an outline and a script. Here’s where I come in. We can refine your idea, and structure your talk, so you communicate your idea brilliantly and delight your audience. Then, we rehearse and refine, and rehearse and refine.
I start coaching the 10 people for the LMU program next month, and the live event will be in October. Watch this space for the date! Meanwhile, if you want to develop your “ideas worth spreading,” to grow your business, call me for a 30-minute complimentary value discovery call. This is a FREE call. You get value on the call to clarify how you would use speaking to grow YOUR business, and discover if we are a match.