TED Talkin’: How Diana Nyad never gave up on her epic swim story

Episode 102:
TED Talkin’: How Diana Nyad never gave up on her epic swim story

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This is an episode for: presenters, motivational speakers and swimming enthusiasts.

Molly Geoghegan, Narrative Strategist

Molly Geoghegan

Jan 04, 2024

In September of 2013, Diana Nyad became the first person to swim unassisted in open water across the Florida Straits from Cuba to Florida. It was an epic feat, and one she returned to at age sixty after a failed attempt in her 20s. 

A few months later, she gives an aptly titled TED Talk called “Never, ever give up”.

Her story is one on never giving up, facing the odds and beating the ego. Nyad’s experience fits perfectly into a 3-act hero’s journey and we break down how she really leverages that to her benefit. 

With no visual aids, Nyad’s storytelling skills really shine through. Presenters everywhere can learn from her pacing, tone and delivery.

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About The Author

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 Diana Nyad never gave up on her epic swim story