Hello everyone! This is coming late but I still am pretty stoked about it.
My little speech on the TEDx stage went great. I really wasn’t as nervous as I thought I’d be.. Maybe because when the time came for MEST to be invited up, most of the attendees were leaving. The event started a little late, and by the time the talks ended, no one wanted to be there anymore.
It was a good experience for me however – good practice, good crowd, good public-speaking.
Few things I learnt from my pitch prep for TEDx are:
– Practice makes everything better. It’s hard to flunk a speech or pitch you practised for. So practice, practice, practice.
– Create an outline of your speech or pitch so even if you forget your words, you know what to move on to.
– Move around the stage. It helps with nervousness. Be careful not to pace though, walk with purpose.
– Have a friend sit front and center, so when you look in the crowd, you can see or imagine (stage lights are bright!) a friend listening, not critics and mean faces.
I hope these (super-concise) tips helpful to someone. That’s why I made sure to write them!