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)

Comments (100)

  1. And yet I can’t get to the minimum of 2 minutes on a presentation

  2. I remember this dude from CollegeHumor, back when they were great

  3. Гениальная речь. Думаю войдёт в историю

  4. Brilliant speech. I think will go down in history

  5. Will Stephen tell us how?

  6. This is how YouTubers make 10 min video for 30 second content

  7. Deaf person would be so confused with the contents on the screen

  8. Is this what ted talks have become? This isnt even funny

  9. "Because life doesn't happen to you, it happens for you. How do i know this? I don't, but i'm making sound and that's the important thing."

  10. this is an informational comment

    important fact1
    important fact2

    therefore,yada yada yippikayey

    thank you.

  11. Yo en mi tesis :v


  13. OK dude
    But, How to sound like smart ?

  14. Best TED Talk ever!

  15. I did this speech for 8th grade

  16. Brilliant

  17. The video that we don't deserve,but the one we needs right now…

  18. Seinfield of TEDx talks… a whole lot of nothing that sounds great!

  19. Ted talkers lissening always

  20. Onion talks? Oh this is a ted talk my bad

  21. 棒グラフが英語でもボーグラフということを学んだ。有意義な時間だった。

  22. Is this Harry Potter?

  23. i cant stop laughing . Afterall life is a roller coster

  24. Give my 5 minutes backk

  25. Okay but imagine how awkward this would be if nobody in the audience thought this was funny.

  26. Same to politicians hahaha

  27. watch this while mute…

  28. he says he has nothing, yet he conveys everything.

  29. This puts me rambling about how the earth is flat in my final history presentation to shame

  30. More than clever and smart. It's really deeeeep 👌

  31. Cuando empezo me hizo acordar al capitulo de seinfeld donde inventan una serie sobre nada jaja

  32. Deaf people hate this trick.

  33. Jesus loves you my friends

  34. Il y a quand même 8,4M de personnes qui ont voulu savoir la réponse mdr

  35. Bienvenido a la política.

  36. He has nothing to stay, people have time to hear, instead of exercising their bodies to get a better MIND!!!

  37. He has nothing to say, people have time to hear, instead of exercising their bodies to get a better MIND!!!

  38. …me encantó y si es útil para mi clase… Tks

  39. I think he is the best of ted speakers he made people listen him without single point to offer

  40. What did I just watch?

  41. When you forgot you have a presentation in school so instead you try to talk about how great your presentation would have been if you made it.

  42. Use big boy words

  43. Ok but he got me hooked

  44. bro love him or hate him this guy is spitting fax

  45. When you told your audience that you don't have anything to say, but after that you were talking for over 5 minutes.

    SPEECH 100

  46. ok this is almost as good of a parody of ted talks as 2070 paradigm shift

  47. Sam Hyde already did this in 2014 for 18 minutes lol

  48. i learnt nothing

  49. 2:44 "that's math"

    cuts to asian women

  50. takes notes for next talk

  51. TED talks won't ever be the same to me.

  52. Well, it was far more interesting than many tedx talks I’ve listened to.

  53. I got nothing for you Cap, zero, zip nada

  54. genius i love this man

  55. Will make a good politician someday.

  56. this is me stalling for time when I haven't prepared anything for a class presentation

  57. I will never look at Ted Talks in the same way.

  58. The best thing is this was one of the most interesting TEDx Talks

  59. "You can't just come to your TEDx with absolutely nothing and expect it to turn out well"

    This dude: observe

  60. Actually he did technically teach us the formula that most ted talks follow… so he did have a point, which is something a lot of ted talks lack, so in a way this is the most informative ted talk I've every seen.

  61. Okay, how many of us actually tried to watch it with sound off?

  62. Every 60 seconds in Africa, a minute passes

  63. Wow I was right. I may be on ted. If they pay me or give me a gift card.

  64. But why he gave me those Moriarty vibes :"( I dunno

  65. I just watched 6 minutes of

  66. Good format of presentation.

    We can now put a topic in this format to sound like a good presentation.

  67. 日本人です、英語は得意じゃないけどなんとかリスニングしました


  68. the 4k dislikes is everyone who has done a ted talk

  69. hi mga taga smei dyannnn

  70. Well, there went 5:56 min of my time, plus time to comment. Smart? Your 'likes' should have been 'as if'. Your "what if I was", should have been "what if I were". Surely this was FREE. Perhaps you could take a refresher course in English Grammar. Keep your day job.👽

  71. my review of this video
    he said nothing to us but I can feel something talented in him

  72. Even though I had the sound off, I could tell this guy is a brilliant speaker.

  73. After nothing before nothing actually nothing, ever nothing.

  74. Legend has it he was banned from talking ever again.

  75. Good point Doc, I'm convinced

  76. This is a more refined 2070 Paradigm Shift.

  77. HAHAHA that's gorgeous, the best Ted speech I've heard ever.

  78. one of the most hilarious ted talk ever

  79. Music off : oh this dude is killin

  80. Im still thinking about that number… "18". It's very smart and maindblowing.

  81. Honestly, that reminded me also of quite many Apple shows, E3 shows, etc

  82. i think this is my favourite ted talk at now jaja

  83. Sometimes I feel the whole world run the show like that ..

  84. I'd hate to be 'that guy' that is pointing out the obvious but, this guy claims he's got nothing but what he is actually showing us, is a brilliant deconstruction of the template used by the average TED talk to seem like they know what they're talking about even if they don't. This guy is extremely intelligent. Don't be fooled, he's actually giving out very valuable information in terms of presentation, structure and body language.

  85. Best Ted Talk Ever 😂😂😂👌

  86. Is this a tedtalk or a standup comedy video😂😂😂

  87. Now,
    What this man did was important,
    I'm sure !

  88. The actual best TED talk ever… Yes.

  89. That´s such great meta-dadaism art 😀

  90. it shows that he knows what he is talking about…

  91. Every TED talk ever!

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