RAP VIDEO: How To Land A TED Talk

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In 2014 I delivered a TED Talk at TEDx Rush University. Our tribe member Jason asked how I landed that. Here's our first ever Reply Rap! Lyrics below.

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Song Lyrics:

I'm mouthin off bout a TED Talk/ 
Bout to show ya how to set it off/ 
blow they heads off/ 
shoutin out the route so that/ 
you can give the next talk/ 
doubtin now if you can be the sound?/ 
man let's talk/ 
first off/ 
have a thought worth sharing/ 
something that'll make the crowd wanna start caring/ 
something that'll make the crowd wanna stop staring/ 
and contemplate the content/ 
a new way of daring/ 
when I went about it/ 
I knew I had to scout it/ 
make a tiny house/ 
leavin little room to doubt it/ 
so the way I found it/ 
was buildin up immunity/ 
by doin on a small scale first with my community/ 
built the fluency through a newsletter/ 
provin my influence through letters/ 
see that?/ 
these cats/ 
my Idea Lemon tribe/ 
had me buzzin on a high/ 
I was feelin so alive/ 
So I/ 
for a local TEDx/ 
Apply to be a speaker?/ 
I said "hell yes"/ 
Put yourself in my shoes, sit in admiration/ 
or take a step forward and fill out the application/ 
nah I wasn't waitin/ 
did that shit quick not a sec of hesitation/ 
patience now/ 
I waited for a call back/ 
call me Saturday night/ 
cuz I know I'm ALL THAT/ 
no I'm not a mall rat/ 
but I'm known to maul raps/ 
flash forward couple weeks/ 
puttin on a ball cap/ 
cuz I've made it into the field/ 
for an interview/ 
him and you get 'em in the mood with my inner views/ 
and induce them/ 
when I go ahead and introduce/ 
pitch so money it was like they payin intro dues/ 
and im inchin through these interludes of convo/ 
in the news mention who he interfuse/ 
y'all know/ 
in the web, internet/ 
tested out the concept/ 
so that in effect/ 
I had proven I'm a bomb guest/ 
remember that email I sent?/ 
They could sense/ 
I'd ascend them in dollars and cents/ 
the Sensai had fleshed out his message/ 
Selection Committee could see their investin/ 
not only in me/ 
but in my tribe/ 
who already received my shit well online/ 
next thing I know on stage at the facility/ 
packed house screamin/ 
expertise in vulnerability

--hook (2x)-- 

representin for my TEDx all across the world
make a performance outta show notes girl
takin my time to perfect the speech
and I still get you outta your seats
It's the T.E.D.


Written by Rajiv Nathan