TED Talkin: How David Christian fits “Big History” into a short presentation.

Episode 81:
TED Talkin: How David Christian fits “Big History” into a short presentation.

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This is an episode for: Presenters who have to to convey complex ideas, history and science nerds.

Molly Geoghegan, Narrative Strategist

Molly Geoghegan

Aug 10, 2023

David Christian is a historian who knows how to keep the “Big Picture” in mind. In fact, he coined the concept of “Big History”, which examines universal patterns from the Big Bang to the present day. 

Continuing our series on breaking down some of the most-viewed TED Talks of all time, David’s 2011 TED Talk, The History of Our World in 18 Minutes, boasts the kind of title you just HAD to click on. His impressive presentation takes you on a journey that starts several billion years before humanity—and closes with why it all matters.

Mikey and I analyze how David can convey such dense subject matter to a mainstream audience in a short amount of time, and what other presenters might learn from it.

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Molly Geoghegan, Narrative Strategist

Molly Geoghegan is a writer, organizer, and film school dropout. She hikes frequently with her dog, Guinness, and signs up for too many email newsletters. Having lived in Chicago, Paris, Dublin and Galway, Molly has made her way back to the Rockies and calls Denver, CO home.

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TED Talkin: How David Christian fits “Big History” into a short presentation.