The Hack: Trust your own voice
Jacqueline Oliveira is a teacher, coach, and TEDx speaker. She spoke at TEDxCesena in 2016 and has some tips for organizers. She’s an expert at cross-cultural communications, which helped her, as an American, present at an Italian TEDx. She talks about how to read audiences to build trust across cultures.
As an educator, she has used TED, and TEDx talks extensively in the classroom. She’s particularly fond of Susan Cain’s talk because of her ‘genuine voice’. She appreciated the help she got from the TEDxCesena coaches on the flow of her talk and their guidance on selecting the title.
For speakers, she recommends a Rehearsal Ritual that includes deep breathing, memorizing your talk while exercising (She swims and paced the transitions between themes as she counted laps), and visualization.
Doing anything with TED was a dream (come true)Jacqueline Oliveira, Speaker, TEDxCesena
The Lightning Round
Tell us a bit about your background and your TEDx origin story.
She’s been listening to TED talks for years as an educator and using them in the classroom.
How many TEDx events have you worked with or produced?
She’s been a speaker once, at TEDxCesena. It was a friend of a friend who alerted Fulvia and Maurizio, the TEDxCesena organizers, to her idea worth spreading.
What made the TEDx unique?
She was amazed at the real time translation of her talk from English to Italian. There were a few English speakers, and this helped.
What was the biggest surprise while working on your event?
The reception she has gotten since the talk was posted.
Every event has its challenges, what was the biggest dragon you had to overcome?
She was afraid of glitches and couldn’t predict when there was a hiccup with the slides.
What’s one piece of advice you have for veteran organizers? For first-timers?
Consider having improv coaches available for your speakers. She found this incredibly helpful. Also for speakers: Practice, practice, practice.
The show is called Hacking the Red Circle, so what's your best hack?
Trust yourself. Note: This is a great hack, or advice, for anyone in the TEDx ecosystem. Sometimes we have a gut-feeling of the right thing to do, yet we don’t trust our instincts (enough).
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