The TED Format
If you ask any TED speaker about the TED format, you might see some eyes rolling because TED talks are nothing like people are used to, and that fact gets a lot of them frustrated. The way we see it, TED talks are not very far from Performing Arts, if you ever read Chris Anderson’s book “TED Talks” – we highly recommend you do – you will see many things actors have been saying for ages. The idea that acting is much different from public speaking comes from the lack of knowledge the average person has about the profession. But if they want to give a TED talk, they better get familiar with it. A good TED talk tells your story, has one main idea, and focuses on the audience.
What’s an idea worth spreading?
The big idea is the main subject of a TED talk, and it should be innovative, we can tell you first-hand that most TED events dislike broad topics such as “forgiveness,” “love,” “rights,” etc. We all have seen that before, but if that’s your topic, then what you need is a fresh angle!
Don’t tell us that forgiveness is healing; tell us that by forgiving, one can lose weight. – Yes, that is only a goofy example, but you get the idea. It has to be something we haven’t seen before and has to have a compelling story behind it; it should have scientific proof to back it up (or it would, at least, make your life a lot easier if you have it). A good TED talk is not a very easy thing to accomplish – but it’s possible, and we are here to help you with it!
The Conversational Tone
Remember, we talked about how it would be helpful if you get familiar with the acting technique to deliver TED talks? That’s why: the conversational tone. That’s what we want on a TED stage. We want to feel like we are watching a real person, with flaws, and an incredible idea that will get me thinking, discussing, motivated, empowered! Unfortunately, the conversational tone is the hardest one to deliver professionally.
Good thing that we at Ariadnefaden use the Method Acting approach! We don’t help you do; we help you become.
Conversations, tears, laughter, stories, delight, magic, teaching, coming out as an authority, as a human being, like a boss! None of this is a problem for us, do you know why? Tell us how many teachers, businesspersons, or lawyers, did you ever see in a movie? You haven’t; you saw actors who became them.
That’s talking like TED!