presentationGiving a presentation can be one of the toughest things for many people to do while others seemingly kill it and blow the audience away. Recently MSN’s Business on Main published an article about giving a winning presentation. The article focuses on the popular TED talks and the rules behind giving a TED talk. TED has grown from a local conference to a movement around the world delivering some of the best talks and information.

TED Rules:

TED has some simple guidelines to make your talk successful. Things like: “Dream big. Show the real you. Make the complex plain. Connect with people’s emotions. Don’t flaunt your ego. No selling from the stage! Comment on other speakers’ talks. Don’t read your talk. End your talk on time. Rehearse your talk in front of a trusted friend … for timing, for clarity, for impact.”

To go with this no TED talk is ever more than 18 minutes.


Prepping for your talk is key to it’s success. Here are four simple points to remember:

  • Take a strong position in the title
  • Think carefully about your audience
  • Make your points as concise as possible
  • Know the likely counterarguments of an intelligent, expert audience


Once you finish it’s important to follow-up with everyone who helped made your talk possible. You want to leverage any success it can create for you. Thank people for setting it up and respond to anyone who might mention it on a blog or social media. This follow up is what will get you booked again!

To learn more details about preparing for your talk visit the full article.

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