Talks from the 2015 TED Conference are beginning to appear at the TED web site. I read about this presentation by Monica Lewinsky at the TED blog before video was available, and now that it has been posted, it’s been viewed more than 500,000 times. Notable too is the comment I’ve seen at other sites
- Fast Company posted a confirmation of Lewinsky’s message and noted that “At the end of her talk, Lewinsky received the longest—and loudest—standing ovation of the conference.”
- The New York Times published a long appreciation of the speech and gives some insight into its preparation—it refers to at least 24 drafts and a speech coach, and it gives an idea of the cost to Lewinsky, both of speaking and remaining silent.
- John Zimmer, an International Speech semifinalist a few years ago, posted a thorough analysis of the speech. He had more time to prepare than we allow in our regular meetings, but he demonstrates the elements of a terrific evaluation.
It’s a long way from a club meeting to more than 500,000 views, but the path is there—preparation. practice, and finding and refining a message.