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A TED speaker coach shares 11 tips for right before you go on stage
  1. Start drinking water 15 minutes before you start talking. 
  2. Psych yourself up, not out.
  3. Use your body’s nervous energy for good.
  4. Focus on your breath when you feel the adrenaline. 
  5. Beware of repetitive motion.
  6. Think about how to use movement wisely.
  7. Use your tone to strengthen your words.
  8. Give people a chance to adjust to your accent.
  9. Focus on something outside of yourself.
  10. Remember that the audience likes you. 
  11. And finally, no matter how well you prepare — be okay with the unexpected. You may forget a word; someone may drop something backstage; there might be a technical difficulty. Take a moment, breathe deeply and just roll with it.
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Animation Basics - “The Art of Timing and Spacing” This very well polished and informative Ted-Ed talk lays out the basics
of timing and spacing in animation. What you see is less important than
what you don’t see and being able to expertly control time and space
gives the animator ultimate control to being to create amazing
animation. Ultimately, timing can give meaning to the movement.

Artist inspired by Spider-Man creates the ultimate tribute to his childhood role model

Over the course of four months, Patel created a sculpture titled “Letter to Peter Parker.” It’s a life-size fiberglass cast of himself wearing a special Spider-Man suit. From far away, it might look like the usual costume the superhero would wear, but if you get close to it, you’ll notice that the texture of the suit is actually made up of words composing a letter to the hero.

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Color blind or color brave?

The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it’s a “conversational third rail.” But, she says, that’s exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that speaking openly about race — and particularly about diversity in hiring – makes for better businesses and a better society.

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For the last 12 years, LaToya Ruby Frazier has photographed friends, neighbors and family in Braddock, Pennsylvania. But though the steel town has lately been hailed as a posterchild of “rustbelt revitalization,” Frazier’s pictures tell a different story, of the real impact of inequality and environmental toxicity. In this short, powerful talk, the TED Fellow shares a deeply personal glimpse of an often-unseen world.


if you can’t see anything beautiful about yourself, get a better mirror, look a little closer, stare a little longer, because there’s something inside you that made you keep trying despite everyone who told you to quit.
—  Shane Koyczan:
To This Day … for the bullied and beautiful

Should we be angry at Mandela? 

“It has become popular amongst young black people to suggest that Mandela sold us out.  The problem with this assessment is that it looks only at a small slice of his life.  If you have studied the man’s life, then you know that his views were shaped by the political circumstances that faced him. 

 

The first Mandela was fiery – he was called a radical.  He espoused violence and was famously unapologetic about it.  He wasn’t afraid to die for his views – but we like to forget that he was prepared to kill for a free South Africa.  He was one of the founders of the armed revolution. 

 

The second Mandela was pragmatic.  He knew that violence in the immediate aftermath of his release from jail would spell doom for the nation and so he negotiated tough and hard he was prepared to invoke violence but was far more committed to preventing it.

 

The third Mandela was our grandfather.  He was the man –still a pragmatist but a deeply empathetic one – who was convinced that a fresh start for SA required forgiveness and absolution.  This is the Mandela who became a global icon.  Mandela the Teddy Bear – who went on Oprah, who loved rugby, who hugged babies.  Whites loved him because he looked at them in the eye and forgave them.  And so there is also a sense of betrayal amongst some whites – the idea that Mandela promised them that everything would be okay and yet it isn’t.  So its not just black folks who are upset at Mandela.  It seems that even those whom he sought to forgive aren’t so sure of what they bought into. 

 

The fourth Mandela was committed to social justice. This was the Mandela who apologised for not doing enough on AIDS when he was president.  This was the man who put on a treatment action campaign T-shirt that read HIV positive and stood with the poor and the angry.  This Mandela was no longer obsessed with racial reconciliation, he was seized with ensuring dignity through rights. 

 

So if you look at the whole Mandela – not just the one who is most palatable or who most suits your views, you understand that he was a man who responded to emerging issues, who fashioned his politics to suit the moment – not because of expedience but out of necessity.”

- Sisonke Msimang (Writer, Activist, Opinionista) at TEDxSoweto

 

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A solid talk, good for teachers, good for anyone who wants to get better at anything.

“The one thing that keeps us out of connection is our fear that we’re not worthy of connection.” 

Watch this : The Power of Vulnerability

This is what I have found: 

  • To let ourselves be seen, deeply seen, vulnerably seen; 
  • To love with our whole hearts, even though there’s no guarantee
  • To practice gratitude and joy in those moments of terror, when we’re wondering, “Can I love you this much? Can I believe in this this passionately? Can I be this fierce about this?” just to be able to stop and, instead of catastrophizing what might happen, to say, “I’m just so grateful, because to feel this vulnerable means I’m alive.”
  • The most important, is to believe that we’re enough. Because when we work from a place, I believe, that says, “I’m enough,” then we stop screaming and start listening, we’re kinder and gentler to the people around us, and we’re kinder and gentler to ourselves.
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