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Are You Ready for the #CampusParty Stage?

Posted May 14, 2016
 
Do you dream of speaking from the same stage as a Nobel Prize winner, a cyberwar expert, or someone building their own space program? Do you think you're up to the challenge?



If the answer is yes, here's how to make your Campus Party speaking dreams come true.
  • Set your alarm for 23:55.
  • Rush to the stage.
  • Grab the mic.
  • Get out your presentation & start talking.

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Booya. Campus Party Out... Well not quite... It's really not that simple.

That's why we collected a few pro tips from speaker coaches. Maryam Pasha, David Beckett, and Michael Koenka have coached hundreds of speakers. They've helped them communicate clearly on the TEDx stage. And they have helped startups and entrepreuners become more convincing and tell their stories better. These three really know what they are doing.  That's why when they tell us how to improve our communication skills, we listen.

 

Pro tips from speaker coaches


Practice makes perfect. Really. So make sure you have a great presentation that you have actually practiced a few hundred times.

Here's some advice from TEDx organizer Maryam Pasha:

The goal is for your talk to be a conversation with the audience – for it to flow and to look effortless. Think about your favourite stand-up comedian – even when they look like they are improvising or adlibbing, they have carefully crafted every word and practised for it to look spontaneous.
 

I’m not just talking about remembering the words. Although you do start there, your practice will go through three stages:
 

  1. memorise the structure and outline
  2. memorise the full talk
  3. memorise the intonation and delivery.

Speaker coach and pitch trainer David Beckett also has tips for aspiring speakers:
 

1. Get the most important facts out as early in the story as possible, to clarify what the problem is you are fixing for people.
 

This quantifies what the issue is you are pitching, and sets the scene for the solution.


2. Tell clearly what you do within the first 20-30 seconds.


The audience need to know what the industry or field is that you are working in and need context.


3. Prepare your story using Post-It Notes – don’t just try to jam your ideas straight into PowerPoint or other presentation software.


​Most important is to get your story straight, and the slides will follow from the story. It’s really difficult to establish a strong structure for your pitch while focusing on making slides: brainstorming them out of your head will help you identify the key messages you want to communicate.


​And here are even more tips from speaker coach and pitch trainer Michael Koenka:

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​Still think you're ready?

Fill out this form to be considered for a place on the Campus Party stage. 


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