Five Public Speaking Mistakes and What To Do Instead

Five Public Speaking Mistakes and What To Do Instead


How-To, Speechwriting, TEDx

This blog was originally published on the TEDxMileHigh blog and can be read in full here. Want to improve your public speaking in 2020? It’s just as important to know what not to do, as it is to know what to do on stage. As TEDxMileHigh’s Content Producer, I review hundreds of talks each year, […]

Can two speakers give a TEDx Talk together?


Strategy, TEDx

Two heads are better than one, right? Wellllllll, maybe not on the TED stage. The overwhelming majority of TED & TEDx Talks feature a single person, but two-person talks (duets) do exist. Per TED, “While we don’t have any rules that prohibit two speakers giving a talk together, we generally discourage it.” In this article, […]

The 18-minute myth


Speechwriting, Strategy, TED, TEDx

I love a good myth-busting talk. Telling the audience they’re wrong is a sure-fire way to get them to listen.  It plays off two basic human instincts – 1) Not wanting to be wrong about anything, ever (hello, ego!), and simultaneously / paradoxically, 2) Wanting in on a secret. Don’t know what I’m talking about? […]

The Top 7 TEDx Clichés & What To Do Instead

Are you pitching the same idea as everyone else? I’ve reviewed 10,000+ TEDx Speaker Applications. This is your guide to pitching an original talk.