The ability to speak within a prescribed amount of time is critical to effective public speaking. Too short, and you don’t deliver the message. Too long, and the message is watered down and, dare I say, BORING. Sometimes a speaker gets so involved in talking that they forget about their audience! We’ve all, no doubt, experienced the pre-lunch speaker going on and on while our stomachs collectively growl with hunger. I don’t know about you, but I am incapable of digesting a message when all I can think about is if I still have a mint in my purse!
In an effort to stamp out poor public speaking, The Communication Lab (CALL) has implemented TED Tuesdays. Each week we will highlight a speech from TED.com, a virtual space where you can see thousands of speeches by interesting people who, according to the TED website “are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less).” Some of the very best speeches on TED are even less than 5 minutes – like today’s speech by Matt Cutts http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/matt_cutts_try_something_new_for_30_days.html
Do you have a favorite TED speech? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.