Coaching a cadre of scientists to give TED-quality talks

The Eloquent Woman

One scientist brought seaweed from Belize to a science meeting in Canada to provide context and story to her talk, and a little amusement in crossing customs. Denise did a fantastic job creating the excitement for the TED-style approach even with the potential for cultural differences, and the 1:1 coaching enabled conversations tailored to the appropriateness of a participant’s culture.

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Learning from Make TV’s William Gurstelle

Speaker Confessions

As much as we would like to ask the orchestra conductor or theater director why they interpreted Beethoven or Tennessee Williams in a particular way, the opportunity to query them personally doesn’t often happen except in a lecture. Audiences differ, so it’s important to tailor the talk to the particular group of listeners. I typically start from a relatively generic framework that I’ve used before and customize it to fit the needs of a particular audience.