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.
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Industrial Designer in Melbourne
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!
"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.
"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!
"Concise, to the point"
I've read quite a few books about presenting and public speaking and this is one of the best
"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.
"SO good I've already listened to it twice."
I listened to it twice, because I wanted to take the information I learned first time and apply it to aspects of my own life.
The most memorable parts for me was when Chris Anderson spoke about how Monica Lewinsky had overcome not only her fear of public speaking, but how TED talks helped her to overcome the public shaming that had controlled most of her adult life.
A book truly comes alive when the author is also the narrator. Chris Anderson speaks as if he is talking to me directly. He presents useful public speaking tools that have been tried and tested on the TED stage. He offers many TED talks as examples that are available through the TED website.
Even though this is a book about public speaking, his ideas and suggestions can be applied to expand all of our communication arenas.
His voice is very easy to listen to.
"Couldn't stand the narrator"
The narrator is very annoying, couldn't listen to it. I am sorry....maybe it's just me:(
"How TED Talks killed my existing pitch"
After having been massively inspired by Chris Anderson's great book released May 4 I have decided to ditch most of what I had preached and sold as the only throughway to successful investor pitching. "TED Talks" is a must for everybody who are speakers, planning to do a talk or simply want to learn more about public speaking.
The main idea behind a 4 - 7 minute is to cover most of the stuff that investors traditionally are looking at in their screening. The main subjects are the business concept, business model, team and why it will succeed, niche of the market, competitive advantages, uniqueness regarding intellectual property, traction, simplified financials, capital need and exit strategy.
My focus in preparing my next investor pitch will be to tell as story, concentrate at giving, unlocking empathy, stirring excitement, sharing knowledge and promoting our dream. Is it possible to do this and the same time gives the investors what they want? Yes, I think so. If I can provide the audience with the desire to learn more and meet us in the next break or networking, I believe that we have succeeded.
I just wish that I could have had the opportunity to read this book before I did my TEDx talk in Bergen in 2014. Yes, I was informed about the format and did not extend my limited time of 18 minutes, but I was not well prepared, and my thru line was unclear. I also did som repetitions throughout the presentation. I had a lot of very positive feedback on my approach, and many of my predictions regarding the decline in the oil and gas sector in Norway have come through, but I am hundred percent sure I would have done better today after listening to TED Talks Audible version for totally 450 minutes.
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.
"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!
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!
Great narrator. Great tips. Funny and enjoyable.
My presentation skills have improved due to listening and implementing the ideas and tips in this book.
Really enjoyed every minute, great insights to what it takes to deliver a quality talk
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.
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!!!
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