After listening to my peers’ TED talks, I was able to engage myself and walk away with additional ideas and knowledge I did not have previously. Like wise, some classmates were able to touch on subjects, we lose sight of during every day life. Two classmates, spoke about the essence of tragedy and the impact it not only has on ourselves, but a community, city, or nation. We are all affected by tragedy throughout our lives, that is just the way of the world, however, what we can effect is the way we deal and cope with these tragedies. It is a shame, but usually it takes a tragedy for one to realize how lucky we truly are. The biggest takeaway I received from listening to these two TED talks on tragedy is the way we have the control to attack and view our lives. We maintain the control to live life to the fullest every single day. We do not have to let a tragedy dictate how we embrace life.
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’: