TED Talk

A TED talk can be seen as a hybrid between a speech and a lecture. TED is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to spread accessible knowledge about a wide range of topics, in the form of talks of up to 18 minutes in length. The talks take place in locations across the globe, and are usually filmed and made freely available on the TED website. The acronym TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, but TED talks may also touch upon a wide range of other topics.

The speaker of a TED talk is not necessarily a professional orator with extensive media training (as opposed to most prominent politicians), but is simply an expert on a given topic who has been asked to share some of her knowledge. Therefore, TED talks may vary widely in style, and can also contain informal elements.

The speaker is usually alone on the stage, but on rare occasions there may be two speakers making a presentati...

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