- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (May 3, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0544634497
- ISBN-13: 978-0544634497
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 213 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking 1st Edition
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“The TED Talk has reinvented the art of rhetoric for the 21st century. Goodbye to windy academese, scientific gobbledygook, pompous moralizing, powerpoint chloroform – we now know that “ideas worth spreading” can indeed be spread far and wide, and with clarity and panache. Behind this revolution lies Chris Anderson, who had a vision that powerful ideas can improve the world and has developed a coherent philosophy and a set of guidelines for compelling communication. This book may restore rhetoric to its time-honored place as one of the essential skills of an educated citizen.” —Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of HOW THE MIND WORKS and THE SENSE OF STYLE
“Nobody in the world better understands the art and science of public speaking than Chris Anderson. He has nurtured, coaxed, and encouraged so many speakers over the years (myself included) — helping us to bring forth our very best performances onstage, even when we were at our most nervous and overwhelmed. He is the absolutely perfect person to have written this book, and it will be a gift to many.” —Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of BIG MAGIC and THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS
“This is not just the most insightful book ever written on public speaking—it’s also a brilliant, profound look at how to communicate. If you ever plan to utter a sound, this is a must-read. It gives me hope that words can actually change the world.” —Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of GIVE AND TAKE and ORIGINALS
“Over the past 25 years, TED has revitalized the whole world of conferences and speaking events. Here for the first time, Chris Anderson and the TED leadership team set out all they've learnt about the dos and don'ts of public speaking. An essential read for all event organizers and speakers. Is there a single recipe for a great speech? Of course not. But there are some essential ingredients, which the TED team sets out here with concision, verve and wit (which are also some of the ingredients). An inspiring, contemporary guide to the venerable arts of oratory.” —Sir Ken Robinson, best-selling author of THE ELEMENT, OUT OF OUR MINDS, and CREATIVE SCHOOLS.
“The TED Talk may well be the defining essay genre of our time: what the pamphlet was to the 18th-century, and the newspaper Op-Ed was to the twentieth. TED Talks is the guidebook to this new language, written by the man who made into it a global force.” —Steven Johnson, bestselling author of HOW WE GOT TO NOW
“Anderson shares the secrets behind the best TED presentations, believing that anyone can be taught the skills to deliver a compelling speech—TED-style or otherwise. It’s all presented very naturally and with an upbeat, positive tone …. readers will be able to use the techniques for any manner of public speaking.” —Booklist
“[Anderson] 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. He also addresses aspects of preparation, such as knowing what vocal styles to avoid, planning attire, and managing nervousness.This is an invaluable guide to effective presentations, and catnip for all the TED fans out there.” —Publishers Weekly
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This is an insiders 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, sharing knowledge, and promoting a shared dream. Done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audiences worldview; it can be 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. But there are tools that can empower any speaker.
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, Elizabeth Gilbert, Salman Khan, Dan Gilbert, Monica Lewinsky, and dozens moreeverything from how to craft your talks content to how you can be most effective on stage. This is the 21st centurys new manual for truly effective communication, and it is a must-read for anyone who is ready to create impact with their ideas.
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Bobby Fischer’s book was one of the first popular books I read that used programmed learning… stepping the reader through a series of painless exercises. I’ve also seen that technique also used in a book that teaches math by setting up the problems faced by Euclid, etc. and giving readers enough clues so they too can reach their own aha moments.
While TED Talks doesn’t use programmed learning, it is very painless reading, packed with lots of good ideas. You may not come away and be able to deliver a TED Talk right away but you will come away with at least several new ideas on how to improve your ability to get your message across in group settings.
Anyone who has seen several TED Talks knows there is no one way to deliver the talks but the book has plenty to say about what generally doesn’t work and what does. I’ll just hit on a few that struck me as helpful:
• Don’t give a sales pitch. The speaker’s job is to give to the audience, not to take.
• Sometimes it takes a little demolition before changing minds. Example: In ancient societies, a third of men died violent deaths. Modern media plays up violence because that’s what sells.We've changed. After crushing their stereotypes, now you can go onto your points.
• Take your audience down your own path of discovery. By asking them to join the process, they get more involved.
• Make sure your words and images work together.
• Don’t leave a slide up once you are finished with it. Better to put up a blank screen to avoid distraction.
• Transitions in Keynote should be kept simple. Cut when shifting to a new idea. Dissolve when slides are related. Dazzle distracts.
• Most TED speakers memorize and then practice so much it sounds spontaneous.
• Wrinkled clothes telegraph you don’t try. If you don't care, why should they?
• Breathe deeply, take your power pose. Be sure to hydrate.
• Keep your notes by your water. When you grab a drink, you can quickly glance at where you are. Notes can be there if you need them. Hopefully, you won't.
I’m sure you’ll come up with your own list of tips from this very helpful book.
If author Chris Anderson and his foundation had not acquired TED, someone would have to be called to create an equivalent. Even if you have never spoken in public or attended a TED experience, you will be struck by the importance of TED and its billions of stakeholders, that include you and me. I agree with Chris, as a Speech Major in my school's Fine Arts Department, let's begin even earlier, e.g. Pre-K, to instill (require) what is already bubbling within "bright shining faces, all in their places", remarkable story telling. Try to persuade me otherwise; are we not seeing the very young voluntarily stepping up to the omni-presence of cell phone cameras and mics to be heard and seen like never before? TED Talks is not just a well written "how to", it's a passionate and civil plea to all of us to share what only we can deliver and do it with Taste, Style, and Judgment (h/t to former boss, James Conley).
Try it. You'll be the better for it even if you still decide you don't have the guts to "present" in public.
Of course, there are some differences between giving a TED talk and the speeches one gives at toastmasters, but there so much great information about formatting your speech, the do’s and don’ts when speaking to groups and risks people have taken that both worked and epically failed, that before I finished reading the copy from the library I hopped on my Kindle and purchased my own to highlight.
I will be using this book as a reference book while I work through my speeches for toastmasters and when I start speaking publicly.
This is a great book for anyone who speaks to groups – regardless of it is in the public or to a meeting at work.
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