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The larger the group of people, the simpler their behavior Talking to one person, you can get lost in the endless intricacies of their story But speaking to thousands, their behavior is completely predictable

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The 3 Aspects of a Great Conference Talk | Rob Walling - Serial Entrepreneur

Rob Walling

When I started public speaking in 2008 I was really bad. Nervous. Content didn’t land. Often times I didn’t “get” my audience.

I spoke a few times in 2008/2009, but it wasn’t until 2010 when I made strides towards getting better. As I did it I stumbled upon a framework of how I view public speaking.

My mental model of a talk has 3 aspects that should work in tandem:

  • Content
  • Delivery
  • Entertainment

Content Content can be inspirational, aspirational, tactical…maybe a few others?

The mistake I made early on was making my content too tactical and ignoring delivery and entertainment. So my talks came across very dry.

This was a reaction to watching speakers like Tony Robbins give talks almost completely devoid of actionable content, but his delivery and entertainment levels were off the charts.

And that bothered me. A lot. So I over-corrected in the other direction.

The key with content is to know your audience and their expectations .

If Tony Robbins took the stage at one of his events and gave an amazing in-depth tutorial on how to run Facebook ads, people would mutiny.

Because that’s not what they expect from Tony Robbins.

I think Tony is a phenomenal speaker for the RIGHT audience (those who need motivation, not those who need specific tactics). Gary V. is similar.

Delivery Delivery is about stage presence. Energy. Confidence.

You know it when you see it – some people have great stage presence, other people (like me in 2008) seem nervous and meek. Over-caffeinated and stressed.

This one takes a lot of repetition to overcome (for those who don’t have it naturally), whether on your own or with a speaking coach.

Entertainment Entertainment is the third piece.

If you are funny on stage…I hate you.

I have never been able to pull off “funny.” I am jealous of speakers like Patio11 and Lianna Patch who can rattle off joke after joke from stage. This isn’t me.

If it’s not you, my best advice is to lean into being yourself. For me, this turned into telling super nerdy jokes about programming and physics.

Or showing 60-second videos during a short intermission in my talk. I’ve struggled to be funny on stage so I’ve taken a different approach that’s more inline with who I am.

Not saying it works, but it’s the best I’ve been able to pull off.

After running MicroConf for nearly 10 years we’ve had more than 200 speakers on stage (including attendee speakers).

With MicroConf , I’ve noticed the best talks have amazingly applicable content, good delivery (doesn’t have to be amazing), and a bit (but not too much) entertainment.

But your mileage may vary based on the audience.

Out of Balance What’s interesting is if you imagine a talk with only great content (but poor delivery and no entertainment) – it’s super dry.

Great delivery and entertainment but shallow content? That’s a motivational speech.

Great entertainment but vapid content and poor delivery? That might feel like a poor stand-up comedy routine.

I have a hard time imagining a great talk that doesn’t have a dose of each of these 3 aspects.

Serial Entrepreneur and startup speaker Rob Walling talks through the three building blocks of great conference talks.

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Easy way to sound 10x more confident when you speak: • stop saying “I feel like...” • stop saying “I think that...”

about 1 year ago

A great speaker can build a Clubhouse following much faster than on any other social network. Everyone can see and flock to the biggest room, listeners are exposed to more than just bite-sized content, and very few people can speak well extemporaneously.

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Secrets of Public Speaking and Oral Communication from Renowned Speaking Coach | Listen Notes

Ramit Sethi (@ramitsethi), founder and CEO of I Will Teach You To Be Rich, joined Ben Casnocha to discuss:- Ramit’s philosophy of personal finance. He says he focuses on $30,000 questions as opposed to $3 questions because there’s no limit on how much you can earn, but there is a limit on how much …

00:42:38 - Michael Balaoing, founder of Candlelion, joins Ben Casnocha on this episode to discuss:- The importance of the acronym WTF (what’s the feeling?) whe…

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How To Become a Great Speaker and Storyteller with Robbie Crabtree | Listen Notes

Ramit Sethi (@ramitsethi), founder and CEO of I Will Teach You To Be Rich, joined Ben Casnocha to discuss:- Ramit’s philosophy of personal finance. He says he focuses on $30,000 questions as opposed to $3 questions because there’s no limit on how much you can earn, but there is a limit on how much …

00:35:45 - Robbie Crabtree (@robbiecrab), founder of On Deck Performative Speaking, joins Erik on this episode to discuss: - The importance of conveying emotio…

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Neil Gaiman – The Best Commencement Speech You May Ever Hear (20 Minutes) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss

This will be a short post as, sometimes, brevity counts. I want to let Neil Gaiman speak in this instance. Neil is one of my favorite authors, and I first became fascinated by his imagination with The Sandman comics in the 90’s. So much so, in fact, that I imported The Sandman from different countries to help me learn languages.

The Sandman from Brazil. Wonderful for studying Portuguese, as I have identical English editions.

My love for his work grew from there. From Anansi Boys to The Graveyard Book ( my favorite audiobook of all time ) to Neverwhere , the list of favorites is long.

The above commencement speech, mandatory listening for anyone who hopes to be creatively successful, is right up there with Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford commencement speech, which I’ve embedded below. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments on either, as well as links to any favorite speeches of your own.

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The Tim Ferriss Show is one of the most popular podcasts in the world with more than 600 million downloads. It has been selected for "Best of Apple Podcasts" three times, it is often the #1 interview podcast across all of Apple Podcasts, and it's been ranked #1 out of 400,000+ podcasts on many occasions. To listen to any of the past episodes for free, check out this page .

This will be a short post as, sometimes, brevity counts. I want to let Neil Gaiman speak in this instance. Neil is one of my favorite authors, and I first became fascinated by his imagination with …

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You Have To Start Talking - The GaryVee Audio Experience (podcast) | Listen Notes

Today's episode is all about doubling down on your strengths. So many people get caught up in trying to get better at what they are weak at because they believe that the things they are strong at can't be a viable career. Most of the time, parents label their child's passions/strengths as "distract…

00:10:46 - Today's episode is a classic keynote from 2018! The way to have your voice heard and to get attention from people in the digital age of social media…

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CNN names the top 10 thinkers of 2013, 7 of them have given TED Talks | TED Blog

CNN-10 How do you pick the 10 thinkers in the world whose ideas are making the biggest ripples? It’s a task sort of akin to asking: which are the 10 most beautiful flowers in a meadow? Luckily, we don’t have to answer this intimidating question. Because CNN is all over it.

Today, CNN Tech published “ The CNN 10: Thinkers ,” a look at the 10 science and technology “visionaries whose ideas are shaping our future.” And since seven of the people on the list have given TED Talks, boiling down their very big ideas into 18 riveting minutes, we thought we’d share those talks below.

Regina Dugan: From mach-20 glider to hummingbird drone
Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud
Elon Musk: The mind behind Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity ...
Jennifer Pahlka: Coding a better government
Shyam Sankar: The rise of human-computer cooperation .)

The three other thinkers included on CNN’s list: epidemiologist Caroline Buckee (who is tracking the spread of malaria via cell phone data), electronics designer Tony Fadell (the “father of the iPod), and computer scientist Andrew Ng. (He co-founded Coursera and while he hasn’t given a talk, his Coursera partner Daphne Koller spoke at TEDGlobal 2012 about the fascinating research the group is doing while providing online college classes.)

“The CNN 10: Thinkers” is a part of CNN Tech’s look at the state of innovation in 2013. The series began with a look at “ The CNN 10: Startups ” in June. In November, the site will publish “The CNN 10: Gadgets.” And in December, the series will end with “The CNN 10: Ideas.” And we’ll be curious to see what they choose for that.

Here, see TED Talks from Regina Dugan, Sugata Mitra, Elon Musk, Jennifer Pahlka, Shyam Sankar and more.

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Dream!: The speakers in Session 5 at TED2013 | TED Blog

Session5_Dream Before you can create a new world, you have to imagine new possibilities. The speakers in this session are the visionaries who propose that which couldn’t be seen before, and suggest new paths that not only haven’t been traveled yet — but haven’t been thought of.

Here are the speakers in this session. Click their name to read a recap of their talk:

The explosive creative direction and choreography of Rich + Tone Talauega has been featured in tours and music videos of pop icons like Michael Jackson, Madonna and Jennifer Lopez.

Elon Musk is the CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors and the CEO/CTO of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX).

Mary Lou Jepsen discovers astonishing ways to integrate digital screens into daily life.

At 14, Taylor Wilson became the youngest person to achieve fusion — with a reactor made in his garage. Now he wants to save our seaports from nuclear terror.

Violinist Ji-Hae Park shares the joy of music.

Since the counterculture peak of the 1960s, Stewart Brand has been reframing our view. Now, with biotech accelerating four times faster than digital technology, Stewart Brand has a bold new plan to share.

Speakers in Session 2 of TED2013 including Rich + Tone Talauega, Elon Musk, Mary Lou Jepsen, Taylor Wilson, Ji-Hae Park, Stewart Brand.

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So that's my best public speaking tip. If you want to be a better speaker, become a better storyteller. If you want to be a better storyteller, write about great stories. Finally, review what you wrote, so you're ready to use the stories in conversation when relevant.

10 months ago

How to become a better public speaker: I've given 100+ keynotes (mostly about my book, Atomic Habits). I'm still not particularly amazing, but I've definitely improved. And the #1 thing I did to get better was surprising and totally by accident. Here's what happened...

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10 months ago

A dynamite interview with @JamesClear about the importance of habits and rituals. The man dishes out life-changing insights like they're t-shirts on a college campus https://t.co/v5Rn8WXCVZ