10 tips on how to make slides that communicate your idea, from TED’s in-house expert

Insights from Our Office

10 tips on how to make slides that communicate your idea, from TED’s in-house expert

on

Aaron Weyenberg is the master of slide decks. Our UX Lead creates Keynote presentations that are both slick and charming—the kind that pull you in and keep you captivated, but in an understated way that helps you focus on what’s actually being said. He does this for his own presentations and for lots of other []

Does body language help a TED Talk go viral? 5 nonverbal patterns from blockbuster talks

News

Does body language help a TED Talk go viral? 5 nonverbal patterns from blockbuster talks

on

All TED Talks are good. Why do only some go viral? Over the last year, a human behavior consultancy called Science of People set out to answer this question. To do so, says founder Vanessa Van Edwards, they polled 760 volunteers, asking them to rate hundreds of hours of TED Talks, looking for specific nonverbal and body language patterns. []

How to learn a new language: 7 secrets from TED Translators

Language

How to learn a new language: 7 secrets from TED Translators

on

By Krystian Aparta They say that children learn languages the best. But that doesn’t mean that adults should give up. We asked some of the polyglots in TED’s Open Translation Project to share their secrets to mastering a foreign language. Their best strategies distill into seven basic principles: Get real. Decide on a simple, attainable []

A TED speaker coach shares 11 tips for right before you go on stage

Live from TED

A TED speaker coach shares 11 tips for right before you go on stage

on

The weekend before a TED conference, each speaker rehearses their talk in the TED theater. It’s a chance for the speakers to get to know the space, for our curators to give last-minute suggestions on talk content, and for our speaker coaches to give advice to help each speaker feel their absolute best the day []

Looking for a new podcast to try? 45 great picks from the TED staff

Insights from Our Office

Looking for a new podcast to try? 45 great picks from the TED staff

on

There’s something so cool about finding a new podcast to love — each little download opens a door to new ideas, new jokes, new ways of seeing the world. Working at TED, as you might guess, many of us have strong opinions about this. Beyond the podcasts we all love: This American Life, Radiolab, The []

What I learned from watching every TED-Ed Lesson

Education

What I learned from watching every TED-Ed Lesson

on

As a Production Intern at TED-Ed, a big part of my job has been to make sure none of our video files have any glitches. So for the past two months, I’ve watched every single TED-Ed Lesson — nearly 500 of them — at least twice. If TED-Ed were a menu, I’d have tried everything []

How to run a brainstorm for introverts (and extroverts too)

Insights from Our Office

How to run a brainstorm for introverts (and extroverts too)

on

Cocktail party trivia: Brainstorming was invented in the 1930s as a practical idea-generation technique for regular use by “creatives” within the ad agency BBDO. That all changed in 1942, when Alex Osborn — the “O” in BBDO — released a book called How to Think Up and excited the imaginations of his fellow Mad Men. []

10 research tips for finding answers online

Insights from Our Office

10 research tips for finding answers online

on

Before Danielle Thomson was our TED Prize researcher, she wrote trivia for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and spent years finding difficult-to-source info for The Late Show with David Letterman. And she has quickly established herself as our staff secret weapon. When one of us can’t get our hands on a piece of information []

AK-47s transformed into jewelry and watches, thanks to a chance meeting in a TED hallway

Impact of Ideas

AK-47s transformed into jewelry and watches, thanks to a chance meeting in a TED hallway

on

The watch looks both futuristic and retro at the same time. A swirl of visible gears and carefully calibrated dials, it charts time in an unusual way — the hour jumps into place at the top, the minute is marked in a semicircle along the bottom, and the seconds swoop above. It’s a statement watch, the []

25+ apps to make your everyday life easier

Insights from Our Office

25+ apps to make your everyday life easier

on

At our small, fast-moving nonprofit company, everyone does a couple of jobs — and productivity apps help us manage roles that shift between coding, writing/designing and running a full-scale conference twice a year. We asked the TED staff what apps they can’t live without. And beyond the classics—Instagram, Google Maps, Spotify, Uber, Seamless—we found some []

40 brilliant idioms that simply can’t be translated literally

Language

40 brilliant idioms that simply can’t be translated literally

on

By Helene Batt and Kate Torgovnick May It’s a piece of cake. You can’t put lipstick on a pig. Why add fuel to the fire? Idioms are those phrases that mean more than the sum of their words. As our Open Translation Project volunteers translate TED Talks into 105 languages, they’re often challenged to translate English []

Words of wisdom from mothers, recorded at StoryCorps

TED Prize journal

Words of wisdom from mothers, recorded at StoryCorps

on

When someone makes a StoryCorps interview, they’ll usually talk about the most important people in their lives, remember the best and worst moments they’ve lived through, and pass on wisdom they’ve gleaned over the years. So it comes as no surprise that memories of parents are often the star of the show. Our facilitators tell us []

8 tips for virtual collaboration, from TED’s tech team

From the Tech Team

8 tips for virtual collaboration, from TED’s tech team

on

Our 29-member Technology Team is spread out. TED HQ is in New York, but our team includes developers who live in six other states — from Florida to Oregon, with a stopoff in South Dakota — and two other countries. (Yes, tech talent doesn’t always reside in New York and San Francisco.) There are big []

6 curious kids interview their moms about life and love

Culture

6 curious kids interview their moms about life and love

on

If you could sit down and interview your mom, what would you ask her? Would you ask about your childhood? Her childhood? Would you re-tell old funny stories? Try to dig up some of her secrets? As an adult, the idea of interviewing your mom can seem pretty scary. Kids, on the other hand, are []

On raising kids who are more than “hoop jumpers”: A teenage TED speaker’s mom on how she encourages her sons to innovate

Q&A

On raising kids who are more than “hoop jumpers”: A teenage TED speaker’s mom on how she encourages her sons to innovate

on

Jane Andraka has raised two remarkable sons. Luke, age 20, is studying electrical engineering at Virginia Tech. “He was always tinkering and taking things apart — wondering how they worked, wondering how they could be made better. He had ideas coming out of his brain like a firehose,” she says. Meanwhile, Jack, age 18, is []

The TED2015 conference in 30 quotes

Live from TED

The TED2015 conference in 30 quotes

on

TED2015 featured more than 90 speakers, and more than 20 hours of talks. We turned our perceptions inside-out, saw some new technology, traveled to space more than once, heard astounding life stories, learned about unusual materials, rethought artistic expression and contemplated the divides of society, with an eye toward ending injustice. In the end, this collection of []