Wednesday 20 September 2017

Crippling fear, lots of rules, and Prada shoes: The inside story of a TED talk

When Irish Independent associate editor Dearbhail McDonald was asked to deliver 'the talk of her life', she forced herself to step out of her comfort zone - and found her voice

What's the story: Dearbhail McDonald during her TED talk at DCU's Helix Theatre
What's the story: Dearbhail McDonald during her TED talk at DCU's Helix Theatre
Speaker: Dan Gilbert

The first thing I tried to do when I was asked to deliver a TED talk by one of my alma maters (Dublin City University) was to get out of it. Fast.

Public speaking, in the main, doesn't terrify me.

I frequently appear as a guest or presenter on television and radio and speaking at conferences or events has pretty much become part of the day job. And ever since I fell off the roof of the manger at the school nativity play, I'm pretty good at recovering during live performances.

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