Our blog is a way of sharing what we know about speaking, curation and events. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we've enjoyed putting them together.

Speaker toolkit – part six: delivery for maximum impact

The last part of our speaker toolkit will help you deliver your talk with maximum impact. Below you will find practical advice on how to use your body, voice and movements effectively.
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Speaker toolkit – part five: rehearsals

Do I really need to practice? This might be the most comment question (or complaint) we hear when coaching speakers!
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Speaker toolkit – part four: high impact visuals

Slides and visuals continue to be an important part of public speaking. So, how do you make sure you are using slides to create maximum impact and avoid death by PowerPoint?
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Speaker toolkit – part three: imposter syndrome

Imposter syndrome or imposter feelings can strike at any time, but especially when speaking in public. This instalment of our Speaker Toolkit will examine how you can combat imposter feelings.
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Speaker toolkit – part two: authenticity

“Just be yourself” – simple advice that is much easier said than done!
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Speaker toolkit – part one: making nerves your friend

We are really excited to be starting our first ever “toolkit series”, delivered to you through our monthly newsletter, which you can sign up to here.
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Storytelling techniques

Amazing storytelling breaks down the wall between you and your audience and gets them to care and invest in your message; bad storytelling can make your audiences switch off and lose your interest.
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How to avoid death by powerpoint

We’ve all been at a bad presentation – whether at an event or at work – and intimately know the feeling of #DeathByPowerpoint. So, let’s be clear: there is no excuse for bad slides.
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Panel discussions: six ways to avoid chaos

Love them or hate them, panel discussions are here to stay. They are a common format for conferences and events, but, so often, they are a source of stress for organisers, anxiety for speakers and frustration for audiences.
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Event curation: what, why, how

Most of us are familiar with the role a curator plays in a gallery or museum. But it wasn’t until I started attending and running TEDx events that I realised that curation was not only a part of organising conferences and talks, but it was also vital!
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What is your purpose?

Since starting my own business a year ago, I have been asking myself this question quite a lot. After a decade of working in the charity and human rights sector where I was so solidly defined by the causes I was working on, it was daunting to figure out what I was about now.
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Eight things not to do in public speaking

I’ve worked with some outstanding speakers over the last 10 years for TEDxEastEnd and other events. For the most part, my experiences have been positive, and I’ve been privileged to work with dedicated and very talented speakers who take what they are doing seriously.
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What makes an “idea worth spreading”?

Last week I was fortunate enough to see the opening session of TED 2016: Dream. It got me thinking about TED’s famous tag line: ideas worth spreading. What makes one talk stand out? What makes you share a talk and tell your friends about it? Why did I immediately share one talk when it came online...
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The anatomy of a great talk

TED talks are compelling; they keep your attention, they communicate complex ideas simply, they inspire, and utimately they are about sharing a great idea. The format is simple – one idea, eighteen minutes maximum, no reading and no complex slides.
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Your AV checklist

We have all been at an event where the AV fails. It can be frustrating and upsetting for the event organisers, distracting for the audience and disappointing for the speakers. Often the technical aspects can feel overwhelming, especially if you don’t have a technical background. So what can you do and what do you need to know?
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How to take your audience on a journey: curating your speakers

Curating the order in which people speak during your event can be as impactful as the speakers on stage. Organising TEDx events for the past five years has fundamentally changed the way I think about a speaker line-up.
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How to create a TED inspired event

TED talks get millions of views and thousands of people have attended TED and TEDx events around the world every year. Whether you are a TED fan or not, it is undeniable that the TED events and talks attract large audiences and keep them engaged.
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