By: liza On: January 26, 2011 In: Audio Video, News Comments: 5

Last December, I delivered a talk for TED. In fact it was the first ever TEDWomen and was a great event. I met  many amazing, dedicated men and women whose work is to help women around the globe. The editors at TED just released the video of my talk.

Writing the talk took over a month. It began as long  speech, and I spent weeks pairing it down to the six minutes I was allotted.  I also worked with a very talented coach, Trisha Bauman, who helped be understand many new (to me) key elements for successful public speaking and performance.  While I have given numerous talks over the years, this was the first one that I felt I should memorize. In fact,  memorization really frees you up, and allows you to connect with the audience and with what you are saying much more naturally.

The audience at the conference was wonderful. In fact you can hear me laughing with them because I was so taken aback by their loud spontaneous laughter. It was great. Many of the other  talks were (rightfully) serious, and I sense that the audience was looking for relief, which I provided. While many of the other speakers were serious with touches of humor, I was humorous with an underlying note of serious.  My favorite way to be.

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  • yael wagner
    February 03, 2011

    watched your TED talk and found it most inspiring. it takes a lot of talent to find the humorist angle in tough issues, yet you do it and well.
    as one who’ve never been accused of being too feminine or fitting in, i know a thing or two or a 100 about it. i was touched by the way you described it, shared it.

    Thank you!

  • liza
    February 07, 2011

    Thank you!

  • P.L. Frederick
    February 28, 2011

    Nice talk. I appreciated learning your perspective, seeing your drawings and hearing your words all together. (I didn’t know that good cartoonists were also good at public speaking.) I’m a budding female cartoonist (budding as in inexperienced, not as in young) and my cartooning mentor sent me a link to this page to help inspire me. I’m so very glad he did!

    Humor lightens us all up and lets in fresh air. Humor is true enlightenment. :o) Keep on enlightening us!

  • diana helene
    August 29, 2012

    i love your work!!!!
    i’am also a female cartoonist, from Brazil… i will be glade if you check my page:
    thank you!

  • liza
    August 31, 2012

    Thanks! I will go look!

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