TED TALKS: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris J. AndersonTED TALKS: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris J. Anderson

TED TALKS: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking

byChris J. Anderson

Hardcover | May 3, 2016

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The inside secrets to giving a first-class presentation from the man who put TED talks on the world’s stage

Amid today’s proliferating channels of instant communication, one singular skill has emerged as the most essential way to communicate - a brief, polished, live-audience video talk. Since taking over TED in the early 2000s, Chris Anderson has tapped the world’s most brilliant individuals to share their expertise. Anderson discovered early on that the key to getting an audience to sit up and pay attention is to condense a presentation into 18 minutes or less, and to heighten its impact with a powerful narrative. In other words, to tell a terrific story.

TED Talks is chock full of personal presentation suggestions from such TED notables as Sir Ken Robinson, Mary Roach, Amy Cuddy , Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Dan Gilbert Matt Ridley, and dozens more - everything from how to distill your speech’s content to what you should wear on stage. This is lively, fun read with great practical application from the man who knows what goes into a great speech. In TED Talks, Anderson pulls back the TED curtain for anyone who wants to learn from the world’s best on how to prepare a top-notch presentation.

Title:TED TALKS: The Official TED Guide to Public SpeakingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.97 inPublished:May 3, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you want to improve any kind of public speaking, check out Anderson’s book! Anyone who has spoken to me in the last six months knows I love this book. I’ve been raving about it seen I first discovered it last fall. I’ve been a TED fan for years but my interest in Anderson’s book goes beyond the TED experience to how I can incorporate his suggestions into my communications classes at UBC. Overwhelmingly, I’ve seen students at every level ask for more instruction on public speaking. And while almost all my classes incorporate a formal presentation as part of the requirements, I’ve noticed that I’m not seeing a lot of improvement in student public speaking skills. What Anderson talks about in this book is integral to the TED experience: making a talk worth sharing. Telling a story. Making it clear that you have something important to share with an audience who can benefit from hearing it. And this is the most difficult part for my students. Identifying what is important in their work. I’ve been teaching a research writing course to graduate students in Engineering for almost a year now. I’ve seen three different classes of grad students share their writing with me. At the end of each course, students must create a short (5-minute) presentation about their research. And this is difficult for them. The audience is comprised of other graduate students and myself. An educated audience. But we all have varied levels of expertise. Because their research is usually very specialized, they must make it understandable and accessible to myself (an academic from a different discipline) and their classmates (academics from different sub-disciplines; what a mechanical engineering MA student studies is very different than what a civil engineering PhD student studies). The research these students are engaging in is fascinating and varied. But identifying the piece in their research that is compelling to a wider audience is a challenge. Anderson’s book gives a lot of tips for doing just that. In addition, he illustrates those tips with examples from all different kinds of TED talks. Then he challenges the reader to use similar techniques to create powerful presentations. I’ve bought the e-book, the audio book, and the print copy of this work and I then asked our UBC Librarian to order a copy for students to borrow. So you know I’m going to strongly recommend it. If you want to improve any kind of public speaking, check out Anderson’s book!
Date published: 2018-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Written from the producer of Ted Talks himself, this book can help anyone wanting to work on improving they communication skills.
Date published: 2018-01-21

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“For anyone who’s got a story to tell, or an audience they want to engage—this book is a must-read.”