Nothing truly remarkable ever comes from playing it safe. You have to be willing to take risks as a speaker.
Risks in your content
Have a strong point of view. We want to hear your opinion and then it’s up to us to decide if we agree or not. Vanilla speakers are not the ones that are remembered so get comfortable with not pleasing everyone.
Risks in your performance
Put down your notes and get out from behind that podium! Your audience will appreciate your vulnerability. (Note that ‘Be Vulnerable’ was one of the original three TED commandments.)
Risks as your new normal
Decide to incorporate risks as you are creating your content and as you are working on your performance. As told to us by Tom and Kelly of The Second City, “The thing is, if you are good at what you do, you’re going to fail, because it means you’re out there taking risks.” It’s okay that not every risk will result in huge success because every risk will result in valuable lessons learned.
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