How to sound smart in your TEDx Talk | Will Stephen | TEDxNewYork

How to sound smart in your TEDx Talk | Will Stephen | TEDxNewYork

Translator: Gustavo Rocha
Reviewer: Ariana Bleau Lugo Hear that? That’s nothing. Which is what I, as a speaker
at today’s conference, have for you all. I have nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zippo. Nothing smart. Nothing inspirational. Nothing even remotely researched at all. I have absolutely
nothing to say whatsoever. And yet, through my manner of speaking,
I will make it seem like I do. Like what I am saying is brilliant. And maybe, just maybe, you will feel
like you’ve learned something. Now, I’m going to get started
with the opening. I’m going to make
a lot of hand gestures. I’m going to do this with my right hand,
I’m going to do this with my left. I’m going to adjust my glasses. And then I’m going to ask you all
a question. By a show of hands, how many of you all
have been asked a question before? (Laughter) Okay, great, I’m seeing some hands. And again, I have nothing here. Now, I’m gonna react to that and act like I’m telling you
a personal anecdote. Something to break the tension. Something to endear myself a little bit. Something kind of embarrassing. And you guys
are going to make an “aw” sound. It’s true. It really happened. (Laughter) And now I’m going to bring it
to a broader point. I’m going to really beckon. I’m going to make it intellectual. I’m going to bring it to this man
right here. Now, what this man did
was important, I’m sure. (Laughter) But I, for one,
have no idea who he is. I simply googled image
the word “Scientist.” (Laughter) And now you see, I’d like it to seem
like I’m making points, building an argument, inspiring you to change your life,
when in reality, this is just me… buying… time… Now, if you don’t believe me,
let’s take a look at the numbers. This is a real thing
that’s happening right now. The number of talks
that I’m giving is one. Interesting facts imparted
thus far in said talk, well, that’s going to be a zero. My height in inches is 70.5.
Note the .5 there. 2×6 equals 12. And then interestingly enough
6×2 also equals 12. That’s math. 352 is a three-digit number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and then almost immediately
following that we get 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Now, to add more filler here, I’m going to give you
a couple more number to consider, uh … 18. 237. 5,601. 2.6 million. Four. Four. 24. Staggering! (Laughter) These are real numbers, all of them. And to follow that up,
let’s take a look at some graphs. Now, if you take a look at this pie chart,
what you’re going to see is that the majority
far exceeds the minority. Everybody see that? Cool, isn’t it? And let’s take a look at this bar graph, ’cause it shows similarly irrelevant data. Now, I’m doing this because
I’d like to make it seem like I’ve done my homework. If you were, say, watching this
on YouTube with the sound off, you might think, “Ah, okay.
This guy knows what he’s talking about.” But I don’t. I’m floundering, panicking.
I’ve got nothing. I’m a total and utter phony. But you know what? I was offered a TED Talk. And dammit, I’m gonna see it through. (Laughter) Now, if you take a look behind me, these are just words paired with
vaguely thought-provoking stock photos. I’m going to point at them like I’m making use
both of my time as well as your time. But in reality, I don’t know
what half of them mean. And now, as these continue,
I’m just going to start saying gibberish. Wagga wah, gabba gabba. Turkey, mouth and a mouth. Chip, trip, my dog Skip. Rip it and dip it, Richard. I’m an itty-bitty baby bopper. And I’m hungry in my tum tum. Brad Pitt, Uma Thurman. Names, things. Words, words and more things. And see? It feels like it might
make sense, doesn’t it? Like maybe, just maybe, I’m building to some sort of
satisfying conclusion, I mean, I’m gesticulating as though I am. I’m pacing, I’m growing in intensity, I’m taking off my glasses,
which by the way, are just frames. (Laughter) I wore them to look smart, even though my vision is perfect. And now I’m going to slow things down
a little bit. I’m going to change the tone. I’m going to make it seem
like I’m building to a moment. And what if I was? (Laughter) Amazing, isn’t it? What can we do? Life’s a roller coaster. You know, if there’s one thing
you’d take away from my talk, I’d like you to think about
what you heard at the beginning, and I’d like you to think
about what you hear now. Because it was nothing and it’s still nothing, think about that. Or don’t, that’s fine. And now I’m going to stop talking. Thank you. (Applause)

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100 Replies to “How to sound smart in your TEDx Talk | Will Stephen | TEDxNewYork”

  1. Can't believe I watched it twice.
    A master a public speaking indeed 😂

    Study says an effective presentation is made of only 7% of content, well he sucessfully demonstrated that even 0% of content could still catch the audience's attention and sounds impressive.

  2. つまるところ、みなさんはこの5分56秒という人生の中の貴重な時間を無駄にしたということです。


  3. He want to say how the power of body language & voice tone have effect and how they are trick your mind that what I understand and learned.
    So learn how smart people talk and talk like them, and that coming with practice

    I’m trying to write this in english because I’m trying to fix my english and for developing💗

  4. I’m Japanese so For the first time I heard his speech I thought he says something important . And I can’t understood why people laugh
    But second time I watched subtitles , I understand why
    It’s interesting

  5. I wish I watched this without sound. IF YOU READ THIS BEFORE WATCHING THE VIDEO: TURN OFF THE SOUND then after rewatch it with sound

  6. You know, I have absolutely nothing to say. And yet, you, the reader, can clearly see how lenghty this comment is. Do you know why? There is a deeply intrincate meaning. That meaning… …is gibberish. That's what the majority of the people who ever read this comment would think, but when you really stop to comtemplate about the universe we live in, it suddenly connects. We are all humans, and you in specific is an user on the internet. When you realize that, you suddenly completely understanding existance as a whole. And did you know? There have been over one thousand ants to ever exist in this planet. This might seem insignificant, but in reality, it is not, because that number, is bigger than the number of nuclear power plants we have. Think about it for a second, and tell me. Does that not disgust you? Does that not frighten you? We must stand up, and breed anteaters, so we can prevent the antpocalypse! You may have noticed I made a pun there. That wasn't a pathetic attempt to make a joke. No, it was something much more meaningful. Relatable. Studies have shown people who understand puns have a deeper understanding of the languages they speak. And people under the age of 100 have shown to have less risk of death. Thanks for reading, and I hope you all walk out of here as better people with a better understanding of the dangers of living with dogs.

  7. Now I comment this video with an ingenious and funny phrase to get some likes that are really useless for my life.

  8. well actually I learned after wasting 6 minutes of my life that what you say matters less than how you say it

  9. My teacher: I’m assigning you all to do a 3 min talk you have two weeks!
    Me after two weeks: I have no content ^^

  10. Lol, when he was writing this TED talk he must have been like, "OMG I think I'm really on to something!" The doof. He wasn't. Disliked.

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