TEDxAsheville By the Numbers: 15
15 is the atomic number of phosphorus. There are 15 players on a rugby field although it may seem like more in the thick of the scrum. It’s also one of the numbers commonly featured in the television show Lost – 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42. In speech, there is often confusion between the numbers 15 and 50 (depending on which syllable is stressed).
At TED conferences each speaker is challenged to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Due to the intimate nature of TEDx events, each speaker featured at TEDxAsheville 2009 has 15 minutes to present (due to applause, banter, heckling (?) or a little verbal meandering).
To help this year’s speakers tighten up their message and meet the 15 minute time limit, many of them are working with Rick Fornoff. Rick, owner of Message Clarity, is the public speaking trainer to the stars. He’s been involved with Toastmasters for 18 years, where all speakers are timed and with experience develop an internal clock, but most people benefit from the discipline of practicing their speeches with a timer.
According to Rick, “speakers with a passion for their message in many cases tend to try to say too much and include too much content. 15 minutes can be a remarkably short period of time to sum up an important cause but that is what all of our TEDx speakers are offered.”
So, come out and participate in the 2009 TEDxAsheville event on Sunday, August 30th to see how well our speakers have prepared for their 15 minutes of fame.
Brian Beaudet, a TEDxAsheville blogger
This event is not being organized by the TED conferences — this is an independently organized TED event.