TED Talks

TED Talks

The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking

Book - 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.

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Collins,, [2016]
Edition: First Canadian edition
ISBN: 9781443442992
Branch Call Number: 808.51 AND
Characteristics: xv, 269 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: TED (Organization)


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Mar 27, 2019

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Jul 07, 2017

TED Talks starts out a little too fluffy and feel-good-y. It's not until Chapter 3, "Common Traps," where things get more practical starting with the four don'ts: No sales pitches, no rambling, no boring your audience with how great your office/organization/team is, and no substituting style for substance thinking no one will notice. Each of these shares a commonality which is discussed in the chapter and that is TED-level presentations are about giving, not taking. The root fault of the four types of bad speeches is a presenter taking the audiences time and attention while giving little or nothing in return.

On the whole, TED Talks is a guidepost on how to give good speeches. Pull from what you find useful and skip the rest. However, it's not intended to replace the best way to learn: Actually giving speeches—lots of them.

Mar 09, 2016

TED talks are a complete crock, financed by the major Wall Street firms [Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, et al.] to propagandize the simple-minded - - the cost to attend is a minimum of $6,000? Are you kidding? At this time I've heard of dozens who took them seriously at first but were so heavily censored they radically changed their opinions to reflect my own. TED and their minions serve the plutocracy and wish austerity on the rest of us!


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May 11, 2017

Since taking over TED in 2001, Chris Anderson has shown how carefully crafted talks can be the key to unlocking empathy, spreading knowledge, and promoting a shared dream. Done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience’s worldview; it can be more powerful than anything in written form.

This “invaluable guide” (Publishers Weekly) explains how the miracle of powerful public speaking is achieved, and equips you to give it your best shot. There is no set formula, but there are tools that can empower any speaker.

Chris Anderson has worked with all the TED speakers who have inspired us the most, and here he shares insights from such favorites as Sir Ken Robinson, Salman Khan, Monica Lewinsky and more ― everything from how to craft your talk’s content to how you can be most effective on stage. This is a must-read for anyone who is ready to create impact with their ideas. - From Amazon Canada

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