Things I learnt from TEDx!

Wow, that was a full on day at TEDx! ย Here are a few things I learnt….

1. If you get the chance, go to TEDx!

TEDx is amazing online, but in person it is such a huge experience. ย There are so many talks, great TED videos, amazing music and above all totally smart amazing people. ย  ย Plus if it’s in a fantastic place like the Ryukyu Kingdom then the music, dance and artwork just blow you away.

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2. If you’re presenting, get on in the morning.

I was on second, in the morning, which I think is just about perfect. ย The girl before me was really good, the people after me were all totally different and really good, but the ones in the afternoon were so emotionally powerful that there would have been no way I could have followed them. ย You never know who’s going to be on with you, so getting on the morning is the best. ย Plus rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. ย I speak for a living but the adrenaline here is something else and I have no recollection of what I actually said – if I had to think and not do it from instinct it would have been terrible! ย (Well, actually I haven’t seen the video yet so it might be terrible!! ๐Ÿ™‚ )



2b. ย Laughing takes up a lot of time!

18 minutes for a speech is quite short, and it is a real deadline. ย Shorter is better so you always want to aim for less. ย I timed the speech at 15 minutes, which I thought was good. ย What I didn’t realise was how long laughter and applause takes! ย Everyone was laughing so much and I was just watching the timer count down in terror! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย So add in lots of extra time for laughter, especially if you have such a fantastic audience as today!


3. The world really is good

As I’ve mentioned before, newspapers and news sites are designed to only report bad news, to make us feel depressed and hence buy more newspapers. ย When you see TEDx you are blown away by how many amazing things are going on in the world. Change is happening everywhere, and it seems in leaps and bounds, it is unbelievable. ย  And seeing so many people with passion, in so many diverse fields, from free diving to deep water research, from clean tech to film making. ย Plus seeing world class artists, chatting with them as just real people, is so enriching. TED needs to make a newspaper we can all read every morning!


So a huge, huge thank you to everyone for all the amazing work you put in to make TEDxRyukyu. ย And thank you so much for inviting me and giving me the chance to play a small part in such a wonderful community. ย It really does renew your faith in what the modern connected world is achieving!

Thank you again and hopefully I’ll have a link to the video when it’s live.

Be genki,


Photos from the TEDxRyuKyu Facebook page.

Richard Graham

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10 Responses to “Things I learnt from TEDx!”

  1. Elena

    Hi Richard! Greetings from Izhevsk! The day you had your talk on TED we had our fingers crossed. It is great that everything was good! Really TED talks are a wonderful way to start one’s day. It is one of my favourite apps. Even today I checked if they added your speech or not( not so quickly I see)) You are a person with passion but after TED I suppose the level of your passion increased 1000%)
    Go Richard! You are great and what you do is great and full of light!
    Sorry for writing not very often! I am busy teaching your course )or explaining how to do this to teachers who are going to start.

  2. Richard

    Thank you Elena! And no worries about not writing often, it is fantastic what you are doing over there – please say “hi” to everyone for me!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Julia

    Hi Richard!

    At last there is a post about YOUR TED talk on here!

    I’m so glad you enjoyed taking part in the conference and having a good time communicating with other participants. And that this was such a great experience for you!

    And a BIG THANKYOU for the tips you share with us.
    They are really useful. I’ll keep them in mind.

    And it’s great to learn that our future is not so gloomy as newpapers say.

    Now I’m looking forward to see the video of your talk (Sure it will be great!)

  4. Darina

    Congratulations on getting to TEDx! Iยดm sure your speech was great and Iยดm looking forward watching it on line.
    …and yes, good news does happen… everyhere, everytime…

  5. Stella

    Hi, Richard.
    Waiting impatiently to watch you on TED. I am sure you did your best there.
    Hope to meet you in Ukraine.

  6. Morrys

    Congra Richard you are my hero just keep walking while I keep Learning

    Saludos de Colombia

  7. Chris Cooper

    Hi Richard

    I looked at this on my smartphone and due to the black suit, I thought you had become a floating head and hands at first! That would be a good trick for a TED Talk!

    Looking forward to seeing the talk, can we expect it to appear online soon?

  8. Dennis in Osaka

    Great News! Thanks for sharing. I look forward to seeing the Tedx clip, and I look forward to seeing the future TED clip as well!

    Hopefully you can meet Salman Khan somewhere (Khan Academy) and discover what is necessary to tap into Bill Gates foundation money to change the world faster!

  9. Richard Graham

    Hi Rinaldo, unbelievably the organizers still haven’t put them up yet! Very disappointed considering how much work I put into it. We’ve contacted TEDx HQ so hopefully they’ll get it sorted!

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