My knees were shaking as I walked onto the stage at the Edinburgh International Conference Center. I had been invited to give a talk at TED Global, the biggest of the big leagues of public speaking, and I was beyond nervous. So nervous, that a TED production assistant agreed to click through my slides because I couldn't do it myself in rehearsal. Speaking at TED was a life-changing experience—my talk has been viewed over 1.6 million times. But not every TED talk goes viral. TED curator Chris Anderson warned the speakers that only 80% of what appears live at TED makes it online; the other 20% are just not good enough. So, what makes a TED talk great?
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After two days, I resolved that Canberra is the world's most boring city. That is why I went back to Sydney.
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The global pandemic has forced meetings, teaching, and training to be remote. Running a remote event, as we have discussed before, is not like running an in-person meeting. It needs to be structured to keep people immersed when the social pressure of being in a room together is missing. Immersion's scientists combed through client data who are using our Distributed NeuroscienceTM platform and spoke to users to identify best practices when running remote events. Here's what we have learned.