There are plenty of outstanding lectures that come from TED. These lectures can introduce bold new ideas, demonstrate exciting inventions, showcase performances, highlight science and discovery, call attention to important issues and more. They’ve become rather popular in education recently, because of their concise nature. But how are TED Talks so compelling?
Will Stephen, a writer on Saturday Night Live, put together a TEDx Talk (a lecture at a more localized TED event) about how to sound smart in a TED Talk. While Stephen repeats that he has absolutely nothing to say in this TEDx Talk, this is actually a brilliant breakdown about how orators use harmless tricks to keep our attention. On the surface, it’s a parody of a TED Talk, but there’s more to it than comedic value.