By @SimonCocking. Jojanneke v.d. Bosch will be introducing the speakers at the upcoming TEDxBinnenhof event in Dublin, and also sharing her own insights on how to prepare for and deliver TEDx talks ahead of the launch of her new book on the subject.

This year the Dutch Embassy in Dublin will be hosting a special event in partnership with Irish Tech News Ideas worth Spreading. Register for your free tickets here.

Brief background about you?

Jojanneke (pronounced ‘Yoh-YAH-nah-kah’, the Dutch version of Joanne or Siobhan) van den Bosch, born in the Netherlands in 1975. Online communication specialist, online active since 1993. Founder of OnlineComm Academy (since 2006), that offers blended learning courses (e-courses combined with in real life and livestreamed events) about social media, internet strategy and online creativity. E-learning visionary and video livestreaming enthusiast. Early adopter of social tech. Public speaker since 2004, gave a TEDx talk in February 2015. Jojanneke founded the project in 2007, for and about bereaved children in Western countries. WesternOrphans published Jojanneke’s first book ‘So, You’re An Orphan Now’ in 2013. The second book, ‘Live Your Talks’, will be published on 1 April 2016, and presented at the Dutch Embassy on 31 March.

What inspired you to be involved with this event?

Sharing valuable stories in order to discover new insights or new perspectives to existing ideas is something I enjoy very much. But I also know how challenging and exhilerating it can be to prepare for a TEDx talk, since I have performed at a TEDx event myself. It’s wonderful to experience this event from another perspective, this time. I can relate to the experience that the presenters at TEDxBinnenhof are going through on the day of our viewing event. They have prepared for this day for months, crafting their story and performance. Building up to the moment they will share their idea worth spreading. From that moment on, the idea will grow into something bigger, because the audience, also the attendees at the viewing event at the Dutch Embassy, can do something with the information. A wonderful thing to witness.

Why it will be helpful for people to attend. What will they get out of it?

Seeing more than one TEDx talks via our livestream from The Hague, plus in real life presentations at our event, activates both the left and right side of your brain. This gives the audience the opportunity to get inspired about global topics and ideas that have been developed in Ireland and the Netherlands in one afternoon. There are great opportunities to build new network connections.


What is your new book about?

My new book, ‘Live Your Talks’, is about the difference between corporate presentations and performing at a TEDx conference and how to optimize your own presentation. Public speaking can be wonderful and exciting, but it can also stretch your comfort zone. In this book, I share my own experiences, insights and practical strategies on how to perform the best you can, even when you are under a great deal of pressure. I openly share my experiences in preparing for TEDxDelft and dealing with hardship in the months prior to the event, and have included the key takeaways, with practical tips.

To give one example: after I had signed my contract with TEDxDelft, I decided to share how my foster parents (my biological parents died when I was fourteen years old) had empowered and helped me to build a better life for myself. Just a few weeks after signing for TEDx, we discovered that my foster father was terminally ill and wouldn’t make it to the TEDxDelft event. I was preparing for my talk, while he was forced to accept his unevitable untimely demise. Despite this, I was able to prepare for the event. I share my strategies of coping with that, so that other presenters can benefit from them, in case they have their own challenges while preparing for a big event.

Topics like crafting your story, speaker style, connecting with your audience, rehearsing your talk, feedback, performance and timing are covered in the book, but I also share how speakers can get more gigs and how video livestreaming can benefit your business as an entrepreneur and speaker.
Furthermore, I have interviewed ten other experts on speaking, performing and directing. These interviews are also included in the book.

Any tips for other future TEDx speakers?

There are so many tips for future TEDx speakers. Also for speakers who are preparing for other challenging performances. A first tip I’d like to share, is to focus on the novelty of the idea that you’d like to share. Many innovative ideas consist of two or more elements that already existed, but once they’re intertwined, they create novelty, new context and new meaning. And despite the fact that the whole world is all about storytelling at the moment, never forget that it’s not about a story in essence: it’s about an idea, and what that idea can do for your audience and the world they live in. A TEDx talk is never ‘just’ about sharing a personal experience or about presenting a technological innovation. A TEDx talk isn’t about the one who is delivering it either. It’s about the idea that can create a ripple in the world, however big or small.

Who has inspired you?

There are a lot of people inspiring me every day. I find inspiration everywhere. When I get inspired, I feel the need to instantly adjust and/or improve something in my life.
Some of the amazing people who have inspired me to adjust and improve, are Brene Brown (researcher and author), artist

Cindy Sherman, authors (J.K. Rowling, Mitch Albom, Cheryl Strayed, Colum McCann), many actors who have shared openly how they improve themselves and their performances (Hugh Jackman, Gabriel Byrne), and conductors like Jaap van Zweden and Reinbert de Leeuw, who connect people and talents and create extraordinary music experiences. Everyone who uses their talent to express themselves and adds value to other people’s lives.

Also people close to me can inspire me, or documentaries. For instance, I recently saw ‘Twenty Feet From Stardom’, about background singers. In essence, the documentary isn’t about stardom. It’s about talent, choices and perseverence. There are some wonderfully fierce people in it, like Merry Clayton and Lisa Fischer.

I feel inspired when I see people who are in completely different circumstances than I am, but who are in essence dealing with the same challenges and emotions. It makes me feel connected to everyone who feels on a deep level that we’re never finished, in terms of developing oneself. We’re never done learning, and that’s exactly how it should be. I think that’s just beautiful.

The four people who inspire me the most, are my parents and foster parents. My parents gave me life and encouraged to chase my dreams and use my talents. My foster parents taught me how to go about that in a practical way. They have empowered me, and I am forever grateful.

Where can people see / listen / read more about you?

You could visit my website here , and watch my TEDx talk on YouTube: More information about the upcoming book:
Twitter: @jojanneke

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