"What we believe about the future determines our visions. And our visions determine our strategies, which again determine our actions." says futurist Mette Sillesen in her TEDx talk from April 2018 in Odense, Denmark.
Mette has been working as a futurist since 2012, when she completed her Master’s degree in Innovation, Management, Marketing & Business Communication from Copenhagen Business School. She believes that technology can and will be used to enhance our spiritual side, and as a futurist as well as personally she is preoccupied with finding meaning as well as helping others in their search for meaning.
We felt this was a shared interest, so we talked to Mette about her speaking experiences, her preparation process, how she knows she's reached the essence of an idea, and her views on what role public speaking is taking in society these days.
Speaking is not about delivering information, everyone can get all the information they need online. It's about talking to the heart and your work in the world.
Ask yourself what is the one thing you want people to remember and what is the one thing they should do after your talk. Have a red thread through your talk, and make sure that everything you say is in support of your main point.
Mette's preparation process
The "f*ck no" moment
Public speaking is becoming a profession. So we should do it professionally. Really know your content and know why you are standing there.
Everyone in the world has to take responsibility for giving people hope.
The TEDx talk High-Tech. High-Spirits that Mette is referring to in our conversation is here: