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Richard Saul Wurman: “My world is a lattice”

October 22, 2014

Mr. Wurman, as the founder of the TED conferences, the predecessor of the TED Talks, do you ever get stage fright?

I have absolutely no fear of being on stage or of being in front of people. In fact, it’s my comfort zone. My stress levels – as measured by Carnegie Institute in a special straight jacket they have that measures your tension, sweat, muscle twitching, all those things – go down when I’m on stage talking. They were surprised. I thought it was delightful. But I do know that I go to a very comfortable place. It’s a very relaxing time for me to be up there.

Were you always like that?

When I first started to speak, I was terrible. I was humiliated time after time. I gave terrible speeches for four or five years in my late twenties and early thirties. I was…

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