After watching a few TED talks on the TED website and watching fellow classmates attempt the daring call-to-action, it made me start understanding what I find most engaging while listenting to a TED talk. For me, the most important aspect of a TED talk is the overall purpose/idea and the call-to-action. This is the overall premis neede when presenting a TED talk. However, I believe the ‘catch’ to every talk is the story. The ability to grab the attention of the audience and hook them in with a relateable story or experience allows the speaker easier acces to provide inspiration. A good talk allow the audience to be at the edge of their seats, feeling inspired, and ready to hear the conclusion which ties everything together.
The most persuasive TED talks have been ones which reveal a story pertaining to an experience I have been through or can relate to, but continues on the path of curiosity; leaving the overall theme and idea for the end. As the audience finally reaches a heighten feeling of emotion the talk is all tied together to a uniformed gasp of understand by the members in attendance.
Below is one of my favorite TED talks which unvails that final ‘gasp’: