Want to speak at the very first TED event? Step 1: listen to every Road To TED podcast episode so you know what it takes to give the most important talk of your life. Step 2: learn about time travel from Dr. Ronald Mallett, our guest on this episode.
Time travel may seem a little far fetched but the conversation was quite interesting. That’s probably why this accounts for the longest episode to date, clocking in at just under 90 minutes. But it’s so worth listening to.
Who Is Dr. Mallett?
Dr. Mallett is a theoretical physicist, academic and author. He has taught physics at the University of Connecticut since 1975. He is best known for his scientific position on the possibility of time travel.
He wrote a book called “Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality” which is part science, part personal journey. The book is in discussion to become a major motion picture.
What We Learned
Dr. Mallett has a ton of speaking experience, both as a college professor and as a professional public speaker. So how does a person who is an expert at speaking prepare for a talk? What challenges did he encounter?
He shares a lot of great advice on how to simplify the talk and hit the high notes so you keep your audience engaged. Of course, as you might expect, this episode sidetracked right into talking about time travel.
The show is normally just about the art of the talk, not the talk itself. But time travel is just too delicious of a topic to resist.
His TEDx Talk
This is where we usually embed our interviewee’s talk. However, Dr. Mallett did not allow for his talk to be recorded. Instead, here he is in a different video:
He does not have a favorite TED talk, either. Interestingly enough, until he was asked to speak at this TEDx event, he had never heard of a TED talk.
What Have You Learned?
Share your takeaways from this episode in the comments below. Or at the very least, tell us what you would do if you could travel back or forward in time.
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