Talking with Impact

DESMA X 479.3A
Each of us has the ability to ignite curiosity. Design and present a polished 12-minute TED-style talk that crystallizes and articulates your "big idea."
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About this course:

This class will use the tools and process of building a TED TALK to enhance and refine presentation literacy. Resulting in nothing less than articulating a "big idea" that could change the world. What do you passionately believe? What will make a difference? What's your point of view? How would you unearth and distill the essence of what you’ve learned from your life experiences? What is your "big idea?" This is about learning to create the most compelling way to engage your audience. Whether an audience of one or many. Learn how to take the familiar and upend our understanding. Overturn our expectations. To provoke the unexpected response in the service of a call to action. We're not out to create a lecture, a pep talk, a pitch, self-promotion, a sermon or propaganda. This is about how each of us have the ability to ignite curiosity. To tell a story in the service of provoking action. To mine your expertise and experience from an unexpected angle so a 5th grader could understand it and an expert would be challenged. Everyone has a TALK in them. The ultimate goal of the class is for each participant to present a finished "off book" (memorized) 12-minute talk that crystallizes and articulates their "big idea." This should incorporate and be supported by life experience and objective data and observation. In addition it's encouraged that the final presentation is supported by, but not dependent on a visual component; i.e. slides, etc.

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This course applies towards the following certificates & specializations…

What you will learn.

  • Tell a story in the service of provoking action
  • Use the tools and process of building a TED TALK to enhance and refine presentation literacy, incorporating a visual component
  • Incorporate and be supported by life experience, objective data, and observation
  • Learn from and network with guest speakers
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