Preparing for TEDx: How a Keynote Speaker Gets Ready
The grueling process of refining and rehearsing that is required to craft a TEDx talk is outlined in The Star article. While it is unreasonable to assume that speakers just take to the stage and wing it, the time-consuming and intensive nature of the preparation stage is more involved than one may think. Each TEDx speaker is assigned a coach to help them whittle their mass of ideas into a rousing and coherent speech that will make the biggest impact on the audience. Everything from voice training, content editing, and coaching on how to walk and breathe properly are addressed. This, on top of the rigorous practicing that each speaker does on their own time—running over their lines and perfecting their delivery so that their message really resonates—is what separates the truly dedicated speaker from a mediocre one. All of this editing, coaching and preparation still leaves plenty of room for personality, though, which is part of what makes TEDx so unique.
“They’re not trying to change your idea or who you are as a person," Jon Dwyer, a new TEDx speaker says in the article, "they’re just giving you the tools to tell the story better.” Once you do strike that magic balance between finessing your content to perfection and injecting just enough of yourself into the presentation, you will feel, as Dudley says, "home" on the stage. When his time ran out, and he was greeted with a room full of applause, that initial "punch to the stomach," feeling was transformed into relief that he "didn't suck." Something Dudley says was "an amazing feeling," that certainly made all of the hard work worth the effort.