The second time around

Do you ever wonder why ESPN Classics became so popular?

We want to know why those games were so great.  We don’t see how the play is developed until the second time around.

So — when watching a great talk, do you ever wonder, what made it so great?

Sometimes it’s hard to understand why the talk was so compelling when you are listening to it for the first time.

From pixels to proteins and brainwaves to bioluminesce, some ideas are harder to comprehend than others.

So while we don’t have “Speech Classics” TV, we’ve got plenty of other channels online.

During a second review of a talk you can appreciate why they chose the visuals they did, how their story arcs with rich, vibrant, lively examples, and how they got you to well up in tears up over a set of data.   You’ll see and learn things you didn’t the first time — and maybe take away a tip on how to craft your next story just a little differently.

After a week of seeing live talks at TED, I’m sure to be watching some of them over again.  Especially the surgeon who printed an organ on stage…I’m still processing that one.