Behind every inspiring TEDx talk, there’s a great idea, and behind that idea is a lot of practice and refinement. In most cases, a speaker doesn’t just come up with their idea and then walk on stage to stand on the red dot and present a mind blowing talk. Usually – and realistically – there are weeks of preparation where a speaker will rehearse with colleagues, friends and family; much time will be spent refining their talk; and even sometimes redefining their entire idea. But, the end result is something wonderful – it’s the idea worth spreading.

Jonathan Talbott, speaker coach extraordinaire

Someone who knows this process so well he could probably do it in his sleep is our TEDxYouth@BSN speaker coach, for the second year running, Jonathan Talbott.

Jonathan knows his stuff when it comes to communications. He’s been helping people with their pitches, presentations, and public speaking (the 3 P’s!) for the last four years with his business Talbott International Presentations (TIP). Not to mention, he has coached over 200 TEDx talks and was the Head Coach for TEDxDelft for two years. When asked why he does it, he enthusiastically says, “Because I love this stuff!” He really must, because he has been a TEDx speaker coach at TEDx events ranging from TEDxYouth@ISH, TEDxErasmusUniversity and TEDxDelftWomen – all very different licenses catering to even more diverse audiences.

We’re very excited to have Jonathan on board with us (again!). With the aid of his coaching, we feel confident that our second TEDxYouth@BSN event will host speakers who are prepared and confident when sharing their ideas to our audience and community.

Here are some of Jonathan top picks from previous talks he has coached:

Mileha Soneji, Simple Hacks for Life with Parkinson’s (featured on TED.com)

Max van Duijn, Why We Tell Stories

Ellen van de Poel, Curing Health Care Systems

Teodor Cataniciu, Tackling Massive Problems

Ben van Berkel, On Health

Dorothy Grandia, Authenticiy is a Dangerous Word

Simone Filippini, Watch Out!

Munashe Takawira, Images of Africa

Krister Palo, Asperger’s, not what you think it is