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TED Talks Audiobook

TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking

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Publisher's Summary

For anyone who has ever been inspired by a TED talk...

...this is an insider's guide to creating talks that are unforgettable.

Since taking over TED in the early 2000s, Chris Anderson has shown how carefully crafted short talks can be the key to unlocking empathy, stirring excitement, spreading knowledge, and promoting a shared dream. Done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience's worldview. Done right, a talk is more powerful than anything in written form.

This book explains how the miracle of powerful public speaking is achieved, and equips you to give it your best shot. There is no set formula; no two talks should be the same. The goal is for you to give the talk that only you can give. But don't be intimidated. You may find it more natural than you think.

Chris Anderson has worked behind the scenes with all the TED speakers who have inspired us the most, and here he shares insights from such favorites as Sir Ken Robinson, Amy Cuddy, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Salman Khan, Dan Gilbert, Mary Roach, Matt Ridley, and dozens more - everything from how to craft your talk's content to how you can be most effective on stage. This is the 21st-century's new manual for truly effective communication and it is a must-listen for anyone who is ready to create impact with their ideas.

©2016 Chris Anderson (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    P. Guichard Australia 20/05/2016
    P. Guichard Australia 20/05/2016 Member Since 2015

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    "A must have for all speakers."

    Speaking isn't about mastering a technique, it's about being yourself on stage and delivering an impactful message. This is what this book is about!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alexx Stuart 05/11/2016
    Alexx Stuart 05/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "So good"

    Just brilliant Chris. I've re written my upcoming Ted talk 3 times during the listening of this excellent audio book. Thanks for sharing your ideas and observations over the years, with us. Alexx Stuart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emmanuel 17/09/2016
    Emmanuel 17/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "great introduction to public speaking"

    this here really is a must for anybody who's interested in the power of public speaking either as a listener or speaker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • C. Freeman
    NC
    8/05/16
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    "One of the VERY Best!"

    Everything about this audiobook is outstanding. The narrator (who is the author) is an amazing example of what the essence of this book is about: compelling, interesting, significant public speaking–for TED, or any other venue. Anyone interesting in public speaking and in making this a better world will enjoy and benefit from hearing it. One of the best of some 700 audiobooks I have listened to. I was so impressed I bought the physical book as well.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Jarrod A. Hogue
    16/06/16
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    "Excellent tools but loses momentum"

    The first half of the book was excellent because it provided tools, strategies and examples of how to develop a talk or presentation. The author then transitioned into using technology and finished with global implications of Internet video and compelling talks. I wouldn't recommend the last 2-3 chapters unless that interests you.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Ashlie Bell
    28/09/16
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    "Excellent!"

    This was an excellent book that I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to pursue public speaking, whether it be a TEDtalk, conference presentation, or workshop. I feel much better prepared after listening to this audiobook and feel inspired to share my ideas with the world!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Robb Lightfoot
    Northern Calif.
    20/10/16
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    "almost perfect"

    I am a huge fan of Ted. The one thing I had hoped in a book like this that it would cover this subject thoroughly, with some historical perspective. I expected that it would acknowledge that the art of public speaking is 2000 years old it wasn't invented by the Ted people themselves. There is next to nothing mentioned about Aristotle or Cicero or Quintillion or some of the important work by recent communication theorists. is someone who is top public speaking for 30 years, I can tell you it's not all oratory shouted or intoned slowly to large crowds. there is a lively group of people and practitioners who have much to teach. that said, I do think there's a lot of value in this book. We do live in an age whete public speaking is becoming recognized once again is it important tool.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Tara
    16/06/16
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    "Get ready for an exciting journey?"

    Chris does an awesome job getting you excited to share your passions, even if you don't want to actually give a talk. You will be excited to give it a go after reading even a bit of this book. Then Chris proceeds to tell you exactly how to go about writing, rehearsing, and giving the talk. And it's all done within an ongoing story throughout the book. Fun, fun stuff!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • viki
    22/06/16
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    "Concise, to the point"

    I've read quite a few books about presenting and public speaking and this is one of the best

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    5/11/16
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    "Excellent narration"

    Interesting and worthwhile. Chris Anderson is a great narrator. I would recommend for someone who is preparing for a presentation - also generally good skills for any speaking opportunity

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan
    BEAVERTON, OR, United States
    9/09/16
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    "A good speaker's guide, not limited to TED"

    This was a good set of guidelines and advice for public speaking and presentations. A lot of standard things, but well presented, and some information I hadn't heard before (discussion of the uncanny valley in scripted vs extemporaneous talks).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lulabelle
    Georgia
    9/11/16
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    "All You'll Ever Need to Know"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Chris Anderson? Why or why not?

    Chris Anderson has a delightful accent that makes his speech a delight to hear. That being said, I think I've heard enough from him to last a lifetime.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from TED Talks?

    This is a comprehensive teaching in how to do a spoken presentation, particularly preparing the listener to do a TED Talk-- something like a college course, but without exams. I believe it covered every possible aspect, at least in terms of how we communicate in the first quarter of the 21st century. By the last chapters in the book, I was hoping it would be over soon, but there was too much valuable information included to stop listening.

    I hope I absorbed enough of it to take with me and incorporate into rare public speaking opportunities. It did help me take a second & third look at an impending talk and make it better and nudged me into thinking that maybe even I could be good at this.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Roland J. Denzel
    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
    12/10/16
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    "Inspiring for those who want to give better talks"

    I want to give short, powerful talks for my clients and students, and this book lays out exactly how to do that, without forcing you into one method, style, or technique. It was a great learning experience.

    The book is inspiring and actionable, although the 4 or 5 wrap up chapters at the end felt tacked on for the true fans of TED. I wish the altruistic, change the world stuff had been spread throughout, rather than closing the book. Near the end, I had clear, action steps to apply for my speaking, and these chapters took away the rush to apply what I'd just learned.

    I highly recommend this book, but if you're reading this to speak better and give better talks, read these chapters first or save them for after your talk!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Tamar M.
    10/07/16
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    "highly recommended"

    Great narrator. Great tips. Funny and enjoyable.
    My presentation skills have improved due to listening and implementing the ideas and tips in this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Reader123
    29/10/16
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    "Great info"

    Great information for anyone who lacks confidence and does not know how to speak to a large group, or maybe just a small group.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gary
    25/09/16
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    "Inspiring"

    Really enjoyed every minute, great insights to what it takes to deliver a quality talk

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richelle Arundel
    Hull, East Yorkshire, UK
    14/09/16
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    "Excellent book"

    Absolutely loved this book. Chris may not be tge best speaker himself but he has observed so many speeches and knows what makes a great speech. Essential if you are planning a TED talk but a must have for anyone wanting to improve their public speaking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Maria Rusanova
    14/09/16
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    "Outstanding"

    This book is so amazing and immersive that I didn't even understood when I read it. I believe this book should be made into a workshop and made mandatory for every lechturer and seller there is out there!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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