#JarofJoy - My TEDx talk

It's finally live! The link is here. Watch my talk before you read on, so I don't give anything away.

What it felt like to do a TED talk

I can honestly say it was one of the most amazing and terrifying things I have ever done. I was so scared and excited when I walked out onto that stage. But the moment I started speaking, I suddenly relaxed, and started to enjoy myself. The words just kept coming, in the right order. The audience were laughing when I hoped they would, and I could hear them sigh and gasp at the 'tough' parts. Yes - this was actually happening and I had the audience in the palm of my hand. It's an incredibly powerful feeling to know that 400-odd people are hanging on your every word.
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Giving a TED talk - TEDx Stuttgart 2016

Giving a TEDx Talk


Dermot and I flew to Stuttgart the day before, as I hate travelling, and didn't want the stress of possibly arriving late. We woke up bright and early, and went for a run before breakfast in a beautiful park with segregated cycling and walking footpaths and red squirrels running around.
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How to practise a TED talk

It's time to talk

I had the perfect draft (or so I thought). Now it was time to learn it. Both the TED books (
listed in my first TED blog) suggest that you should know your speech as well as you know the song "Happy Birthday To You", and you should be able to recite it whilst doing something else, so it becomes second nature. A 15 minute talk has about 2500 - 2800 words, depending on how fast you talk, so it's quite a chunk to remember. Read More…

How to write a TED talk

"Would you like to do a TEDx talk in Stuttgart…?"

Never in my wildest dreams did I think that my little breast cancer blog would lead to me being asked this. But I was, about 4 months ago now, thanks to Twitter. The question came from the amazing Ross Fisher (
@ffolliet), a Paedatric Surgeon who is passionate about getting people to stop using slides filled with tables and charts and words, and learn to tell a story instead. He's changed the way I give a presentation for the better. He'd presented at TEDx Stuttgart in 2013, and was contacted by @nicolegugger to ask if he could ask me to talk. The rest is history. The theme was 'Motion, Emotion and E-Motion', which seemed to fit my story of breast cancer, promoting exercise during treatment and highlighting the differences in IT use as a doctor and a patient.
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