So i was at the TED (Technology Entertainment Design) CONFERENCE LAGOS, it was a great experience i must say. As someone who speaks to other people for a living, hearing other people inspire you with their stories and models of the world is very refreshing.
It was a special day in Lagos on Saturday 11, February 2017. There was an international marathon going on, so all the roads where blocked it was very difficult for me driving my car from Lekki to Muson center where the TED CONFERENCE LAGOS was taking place.
I had to park my car in Dolphin estate, hop on a commercial motorcycle to get to the venue. I got to the venue signed in, grabbed something to eat from the rich display of food attacking my nostrils with joy.
Sat down in the hall and here are the lessons i learnt from the event
- THE POWER OF STORIES: All the speakers presented their ideas with compelling stories about what happened to them, what happened to people they cared about, and what they are committed to do about the problem. Your stories should not bring you shame, they are the tools that other people need to crawl out of their dark places.
- THE ANTAGONIST AND PROTAGONIST: A great story must have a BAD GUY AND A GOOD GUY. All the presenters presented the problems in society they’re tackling as the ANTAGONIST like the lady who teaches prisoners how to be self sustaining after they finish serving their term in prison, she said loads of people in Nigerian prisons are innocent and some have been on the awaiting trial list for ten years! She then positioned herself and her team as the PROTAGONIST. The solution to the problem. In business you can present your amazing product as the protagonist against the market leader.
- THE USE OF PROPS: Props are basically any moveable thing you use in a presentation to illustrate your point. Some of the TED CONFERENCE LAGOS presenters used props like Coconut, Water bottle, Bags, and of course slides. The fun thing about props is that, it catches your attention. So next time you’re making a presentation consider using a prop, just like i did in Abuja recently where i used a Apple fruit to illustrate a point.
- STAY ON MESSAGE: They all stayed on their messages. No distractions
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