Thursday January 28, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM EST
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Metro Office, Farragut West, Legislative Room 
1725 I Street, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006

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Denise Graveline 
don't get caught communications consulting 

"Immediately after the talk, I had some great feedback--both on Twitter and in real life. I even got asked if I had given it as a TED talk--and that I should. I was really chuffed by this--I was aiming for the "TED quality" talk that Denise had highlighted in her workshop."

-- Dr. Lucy Rogers, InspireFest 2015 speaker and participant in this workshop in spring 2015 in Cambridge, UK

"Giving a TED-like talk was so different and a little daunting. Fortunately, we were provided with the services of a speech coach. We were lucky enough to have Denise Graveline. This turned out               to be a lifesaver."

-- Wisconsin AARP's Lisa Lamkins, speaker at the Align Health Quality Summit



Creating a TED-quality talk

Many speakers and presenters want to give a "TED-like" or "TED-style" presentation. In this small-group, full-day workshop, you'll learn how to structure, write, and deliver a talk that achieves TED quality, learning from a coach who has helped more than 100 speakers prepare talks featured on the stage at TEDMED and TEDx conferences around the world, and on TED.com.

Speaker coach Denise Graveline will lead this interactive workshop for just five speakers, a format that will allow you to make progress on planning, writing, practicing, and delivering your talk in the style of TED--whether you are headed for a TED conference, or hoping to elevate your everyday presentations.

What you'll learn

Using examples from different TED formats, Denise will help you think about how to go beyond merely mimicking this popular style to create your own original and compelling TED-style talk. You'll discover how to plan for the video as well as for the stage, and how to think about your delivery, as well as your talk structure and presentation. You'll learn how and why TED presentations engage, inspire, intrigue, surprise, and put forward "ideas worth sharing." Specifically, you will learn:

  • How to get past the obvious and identify the real story that will become your script
  • Vulnerability, intrigue, and more: The qualities that take TED talks viral
  • What to leave out of your talk
  • Structures and how much you can get into the shorter formats
  • How to decide whether you benefit from using props, slides, or a demonstration
  • Considerations that will help you plan for the video
  • Top delivery tips specific to TED talks, from strong starts to gesture, pace, and vocalizing

How to prepare

To participate, you do NOT need to prepare a talk or presentation in advance. Instead. simply come to the workshop with some thoughts about the "big idea" you wish to share in the talk and be ready to describe it. You may wish to bring a laptop or other note-taking aids with you.

Registration, meals, deadlines

Your registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch; a vegetarian option is offered for lunch at no extra charge. We'll gather for an optional drinks hour after the workshop is done for the day. Seats are limited to five people per workshop. Please read our workshop FAQ and policies; when you click on the registration button, you are certifying that you have read and accept these terms and policies.

This small group workshop offers early registration at $724.00--a 25% discount--if you register by midnight Eastern US time on October 30, 2015. From October 31-December 31, 2015, full registration will be $965.00. All registration closes when the workshop reaches 5 participants, or December 31, 2015, whichever comes first. 

About the coach

Denise Graveline has coached more than 100 speakers featured on the TEDMED stage, TEDx stages around the world, and TED.com. She has coached many more to give speeches and presentations in the style of TED talks, and has prepared speakers for industry keynotes, congressional testimony, television interviews, informal talks, and more. A Washington, DC-based communications consultant and speaker coach, she also is author and publisher of The Eloquent Woman, a popular blog on women and public speaking.

Seats are limited! Sign up today

Join us and elevate your presentation and storytelling style. A similar workshop will be held two weeks earlier, on January 14, 2015. Please do share this information with your friends and colleagues and join this unique professional development opportunity!