My first TEDx talk

I sat in the audience waiting with an intellectual eagerness that had a good feel about it for this live oral performance.

The day was a cold Saturday in January and I was attending my first TEDx talk for a live oral performance. I had heard so much about TED/TEDx talks and in a moment of foolishness I googled ‘TEDx talk in London’ and handed over £50. At the time I rationalised the expense; now I think it was nothing short of extravagant.

With one small caveat that my assessment is a generalisation.

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‘The eyeless chemist’ – in oral communication content is key.

If you’re wondering how to put together content for your next presentation try ‘Kisses’,1 2 a poem written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge for Sara Fricker.3

In this poem Coleridge explains the ‘storying’ process: ‘… if storying Legends tell aright, Once fram’d a rich Elixir of Delight’.

For him, storying is about gathering ingredients that form a persuasive elixir designed to seduce the woman he loves.

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