Why we need to tell new stories of climate winning

Concern about climate change is going up, yet willingness to take action is flat-lining. Getting people to care isn’t enough. We need to tell new stories of climate winning.   Let me tell you a story.   Now, I’m fairly new to the “climate scene” – but having worked with large NGOs, foundations and funders, curated…

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Who will you stand up for?

Who will you stand up for this International Women’s Day #IWD2023? From Pacific Islanders to working parents, trans women to Asian women, here’s nine ideas from 2023’s TEDxLondonWomen speakers. Women exist at the intersection of so many identities. The idea that the challenges that women face are singular, is ludicrous. Today, I’m excited to share that our TEDxLondonWomen2023…

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Five reflections on TED Countdown 2023

“I felt very privileged to be on a journey with these incredible people, and play a small part in bringing ideas that can really move the needle into the public arena.”  This July, I took a really exciting step. After 12 years curating and coaching TEDxLondon, TEDxLondonWomen and TEDxEastEnd events, I was delighted to collaborate…

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23 thoughts for 2023 from TEDxLondonWomen

The dust has settled from #TEDxLondonWomen 2023. Here are 23 thoughts for 2023 that keep percolating for me: On Speaking In the run up to a big talk you’ll hit a wall of self-doubt where you think you’ve made a terrible mistake agreeing to do it. You need to push through that. Script it, practice…

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Why it’s time to nurture your inner geek

I had a session with a new client last week. He’s a pretty brainy guy and I’ve seen him tell great stories. Thirty minutes in, he said to me, a bit deflated: “I don’t know… I don’t think I can ever be a captivating storyteller, I have a really technical background and I’ve always been…

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Your AV checklist

We have all been at events where the AV fails; it can be frustrating for the organisers, distracting for the audience and disappointing for the speakers. Often the technical aspects can feel overwhelming if you don’t have a technical background. So what can you do and what do you need to know? When I started…

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What makes an “idea worth spreading”?

Last week I was fortunate enough to get to see the opening session of TED 2016: Dream. It got me thinking about TED’s famous tag line – ideas worth spreading. What makes one talk stand out, what makes you share a talk and tell your friends about it? Why did I immediately share one talk…

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What is your purpose?

Since starting my own business a year ago I have been asking myself this question quite a lot. After a decade of working in the charity and human rights sector where I was so solidly defined by the causes I was working on, it was daunting to figure out what I was about now. Of…

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The anatomy of a great talk

TED talks are compelling, they keep your attention, they can communicate complex ideas simply, they inspire and they are ultimately about sharing a great idea. The format is simple – one idea, 18 minutes maximum, no reading or complex slides. But how do you create and give a talk a great talk (or how do…

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Panel discussions: 6 ways to avoid chaos

Love them or hate them, it seems that panel discussions are here to stay as a format for conferences and events, but so often they are a source of stress for organisers, anxiety for speakers and frustration for audiences. Disjointed discussion, domineering hosts, pointless questions and hostile audience members aren’t a recipe for a success.…

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How to take your audience on a journey: curating your speakers

Curating your sessions, the order in which people speak, can be as impactful as the speakers on stage.  Organising TEDx events for the past five years has changed the way I think about a speaker line-up. However, when I first started to organise events, I never really thought about the order in which people spoke.…

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How to create a TED inspired event

TED talks get millions of views and thousands of people have attended TED and TEDx events around the world every year. Whether you are a TED fan or not it is undeniable that the TED style works to attract audiences and keep them engaged. So how do they do it? I’ve been to quite a…

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Event curation: what, why, how

Most of us are familiar with the role a curator plays in a gallery or museum. But it wasn’t until I started attending and running TEDx events that I realised that curation was not only a part of organising conference and talks – but it was vital! For me curation is about using the content…

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8 things not to do in public speaking

I’ve worked with some amazing speakers over the last 10 years for TEDxEastEnd and other events I’ve organised for companies and charities. For the most part my experiences have been positive, working with dedicated speakers who take what they are doing seriously. However, I have also worked with speakers who are determined to ruin their…

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