Video Summary: How to sound smart in your TEDx Talk | Will Stephen | TEDxNewYork


    Video Summary: How to sound smart in your TEDx Talk | Will Stephen | TEDxNewYork

  • 1 Will pointed out the importance of the way of talking

    Will began by saying that he has nothing to say today, yet he kept talking in an energetic way that made it seem like he is saying something very important. Will was pointing out how important the words seem to be when a person talks with high energy.

  • 2 Will pointed out the importance of asking questions

    While still sounding very serious and adjusting his body language properly, Will asked people 'How many of you have been asked questions before?' Will then said that he still has nothing to say but he is just showing how a person can seem serious even if he is saying nothing important.

  • 3 Will then showed how important it is to break the tension

    After the audience laughed, Will made some funny comments. He was pointing out how important it is for a speaker to break the tension and make people feel at ease during a talk.

  • 4 Will put a picture of a man he doesn't know

    Will put a picture of a man he doesn't know on the slides and said that he just Googled the word scientist then came up with the picture of the man. Will was pointing out how pictures are important in presentations and Ted talks.

  • 5 Will showed the importance of listing facts in a presenation

    Will presented people with some funny facts such as 6x2=12 and 2x6=12. He was referring to the fact that using facts, numbers and data on a slide can make a presentation sound and seem serious even if it really isn't.

  • 6 Will pointed out the importance of graphs

    Will then put a pie chart followed by bar graph that had no useful data. In the pie chart the big section was called majority and small section was called minority. Through his humor Will made people realize that charts can make a presentation look much more serious(see also How to create an effective presentation?).

  • 7 Will summed up the previous points

    Will said that if someone saw this presentation on Youtube with the sound turned off, he will think that he is giving a real presentation even though he said no facts since the beginning of the talk. He was again making it clear that the style of presenting is as important as the information.

  • 8 Will displayed many unrelated pictures

    Will started displaying pictures each with one or two words written below it, then he kept saying meaningless words such as 'Gaba Gaba'. Will was pointing out that the way someone presents his ideas can make him seem serious even if he is saying meaningless words.

  • 9 Will started to sound more serious about it

    Even though he was still saying no facts and mainly describing his actions on the stage, Will started talking in a more serious voice. He took off his glasses and became more energetic.

  • 10 Will slowed down the pace

    Will started Speaking slowly and said that 'He is going to make it seem like he is building a moment'. His gestures became slower, his voice became lower and he seemed like he is about to say something important but he didn't say anything.

  • 11 Will ended the presentation

    Will ended the presentation by saying that he said nothing. It was very obvious that the message he was trying to give to people that the presentation with its slides, the body language and the way of talking and presenting is as important as the information itself, if not more.