12 pieces of advice for giving talks that have impact

Many of us who read this blog have to give talks. I (Clare) found this list of helpful hints for giving talks fabulous. I so agree with a few of the points: “jargon is death”. How often have you sat through a talk that is a string of jargon and wondered what is he talking about? I was so happy to see “story as queen” on the list. I love hearing stories and when they connect to the findings/research the talk comes alive. I know that the next time I have to give a talk, I will review this list to make sure I do “one kickass thing” and give myself permission to stumble. Enjoy.

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Courtney E. Martin hosts a special session called "The 19th Minute," and gives valuable insight on how to give a talk that has real impact. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED Courtney E. Martin hosts a session called “The 19th Minute,” and shared valuable insight on how to give a talk that has real impact. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

Sharing an idea isn’t like snapping your fingers — things don’t just instantly change. But as more people hear an idea over time, it can trickle into people’s thinking — and shifts, both subtle and extreme, can happen as a result. In a TEDWomen session called “The 19th Minute,” host Courtney E. Martin invited several guests to talk about what happened after they gave their 18-minute TED Talk — what changed, as well as what didn’t.

Deborah Rhodes spoke about the momentum her TEDWomen talk has built for using Molecular Breast Imaging rather than traditional mammography to screen for breast cancer under certain conditions. She still has a long way to go, she says, because, “mammography is very entrenched—culturally and medically.” Krista Donaldson talked about how her TEDWomen…

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