TEDx - Perspectives from a speaker coach

Recently I was invited to be a speaker coach for the upcoming TEDx Cape Town event. The journey began last Saturday with a full day workshop at the V&A. Since its inception in 1984, TED has redefined public speaking. Time and again, it shows how a carefully crafted and inspired short talk can stir excitement, share knowledge and sometimes even change the world. Most speakers make it look easy. Far from it. Preparations for both speaker and coach commence months ahead of the big event. Nothing is left to chance. As the journey unfolds, I hope to share a few practical handles I pick up along the way: Nail your idea… Many speakers come to the workshop with great stories but with only the m

Lessons for leaders: JFK's "Man on the Moon"

Last week (September 12) was the 56th anniversary of John. F. Kennedy’s “Man on the Moon” address at Rice Field in Houston, Texas. As far as moments that changed the course of American history go, the “Moon” speech ranks right up there with Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and MLK’s “I have a Dream” speech. Let's examine 3 aspects of its genius It pointed to a shared identity Kennedy was determined to give Americans something to live for, something that would re-establish the nation’s prestige in the eyes of the global community: “No nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in the race for space” Though it would be a hazardous and costly venture, it woul

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