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TED talks : the official TED guide to public speaking / Chris Anderson.
Anderson, Chris, 1957 January 14- author.
London : Headline Publishing Group, 2016.

xv, 269 pages ; 24 cm
"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-read for anyone who is ready to create impact with their ideas"
Foundation. Presentation literacy: the skill you can build ; Idea building: the gift in every great talk ; Common traps: four talk styles to avoid ; The throughline: what's your point? -- Talk tools. Connection: get personal ; Narration: the irresistible allure of stories ; Explanation: how to explain tough concepts ; Persuasion: reason can change minds forever ; Revelation: take my breath away! -- Preparation process. Visuals: those slides hurt! ; Scripting: to memorize or not to memorize? ; Run-throughs: wait, I need to rehearse? ; Open and close: what kind of impression would you like to make? -- On stage. Wardrobe: what should I wear? ; Mental prep: how do I control my nerves? ; Setup: lectern, confidence monitor, note cards, or (gulp) nothing? ; Voice and presence: give your words the life they deserve ; Format innovation: the promise (and peril) of full-spectrum talks -- Reflection. Talk renaissance: the interconnectedness of knowledge ; Why this matters: the interconnectedness of people ; Your turn: the philosopher's secret.
Includes index.
Other Titles:
Official TED guide to public speaking
9781472228055 (trade paperback)

1472228057 (trade paperback)

9781472228048 (hardback)

1472228049 (hardback)


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Book PN4129.15.A545

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Chris Anderson is the curator of phenomenally successful TED talks - over one billion views and counting. He is passionate about the importance of public speaking, something he describes an a crucial life skill and which we should be teaching in school, and of the amazing power of direct human-to-human communication, recorded on video, in the internet age. It is now possible to share ideas with millions around the world (as evidenced by the success of TED itself, whose most popular talk has been viewed 31 million times).

In his first book, Talk This Way , he shares his passion for public speaking and offers a master-class in how to do it - not just how to give a great TED talk, but how to stand up and speak persuasively in front of any size of audience, whether that is a school classroom, making a video blog, in a business meeting or at a conference.

The book brings together his experience of over two decades as the curator of TED, in which time he has listened to over one thousand stage talks, with advice from 30 of his all-time favourite TED speakers.

Author Notes

After a long career in journalism and publishing, Chris Anderson became the curator of the TED Conference in 2002 and has developed it as a platform for identifying and disseminating ideas worth spreading.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In 2002, Anderson shifted his career in journalism to lead TED, the conference-based public speaking venture that eventually became a social media sensation thanks to the development of online video streaming. Now he offers a resource covering all facets of presentation preparation. He has a plethora of excellent advice to offer based on past TED talks, including some of the most successful and popular ones. He covers important topics such as making a personal connection with audiences, explaining complicated subjects to laypeople, priming people to accept counterintuitive ideas, and cultivating a sense of showmanship. In giving voice to the audio edition of his title, Anderson faces the same overall dilemma that he addresses in his material. A "how-to" text-even one covering the matter of public speaking itself-does not necessarily lend itself to an inspiring listening experience. Anderson has no doubt mastered the fine points of vocal style, and his TED colleagues Rielly and Stoezel chime in to read the book's checklists, bringing a welcome change of pace. But those in search of the same adrenaline rush that they get from actual TED Talks will not find it here, as Anderson earnestly seeks to keep his focus primarily instructional. A Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hardcover. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.