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    • What’s something interesting about TED that I wouldn’t think to ask about?

      That it was originally started by Richard Saul Wurman in a conversation format: two interesting people who often don't know each other from different fields facing each other and talking to each other while the audience listens and Richard keeps it on track.

      Richard said in a 60 Minutes interview that he did it that way because conversations between people are the best things in life. When I heard that, I hunted him down and got on the phone with him several times about it. He says the current format isn't as interesting to him — rehearsed speeches by one person at a time. I wanted him to help with panel conversations but he doesn't type. He's 88.

      He did, however set the time limit at 18 minutes per speech. He chose that time because it sounded precise and and like it had scientific so people would stick to it.

    • I realize this is more nitty gritty craftsmanship, but can you talk about the thinking behind the slides you used and when it made sense to use a slide to emphasize a point? Or not to?

      I love powerful visuals and to me the most powerful are photographs. The one almost everyone talked about after was this one of my future wife that I took when I was a lovesick 19-year-old who was trying desperately to not to let my crush on her show. I didn't expect that image to be The One.

      We had both been hired as summer camp counselors, but I had just failed at college and she had just graduated. I thought that put her out of my league and a secret crush was the most I could hope for. Later in the talk I had a line that ended "and she's sitting right there." The audience visibly warmed to that and surrounded her after.