Chris Anderson, curator of TED, reported on giving a killer presentation for the Harvard Business Review. He states, “I’m convinced that giving a good talk is highly coachable. In a matter of hours, a speaker’s content and delivery can be transformed from muddled to mesmerizing. Whether you are preparing a TED talk, a CEO doing an IPO road show, a brand manager unveiling a new product, or a start-up pitching to VCs (anyone out there watching Shark Tank) the lessons we have learned <at TED> are useful to all presenters.”
At TED, they start helping speakers prepare their talks six months or more in advance so that they’ll have plenty of time to practice.