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Amanda Palmer at TED Amanda Palmer, in the backstage light. Photo by: (Well, we’re working with our stage manager to track down who exactly took it)

The image you see above is Amanda Palmer just before stepping onto the TED2013 stage to give her talk, “The art of asking.” She asked one of the crew members to snap this photo of her with daisy in hand.

As our lineup of TED2014 speakers finish writing their talks and start the long process of rehearsing, it felt like the right moment to ask Palmer what it feels like to give a talk. Below, she tells us why speaking at TED is different from playing a show, and why she thinks creative couples should consider time apart a really good thing.

So, tell us a bit about this image.

It was snapped about two minutes before I went on stage. That waiting was agony. I…

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