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TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking Paperback – April 4, 2017
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“The TED Talk has reinvented the art of rhetoric for the twenty-first 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, best-selling 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 best-selling author of Give and Take and Originals
“Over the past twenty-five 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 eighteenth 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, best-selling 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
From the Inside Flap
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, sharing 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 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 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
1. Getting appropriately personal in your talk.
2. Simplifying difficult to explain concepts.
3. Suggestions for using slides.
4. Pointers on preparing for the presentation.
5. Making an impression.
6. What to wear during your presentation.
7. Using/not using notes while presenting.
8. Suggestions for calming your nerves during the presentation.
Throughout the book Anderson effectively uses the experiences of several people to make his point. The narrative is very readable and smoothly transitions from chapter to chapter. Will be an often used future reference.
I prefer How to Deliver a TED Talk: Secrets of the World's Most Inspiring Presentations, because--like a good TED Talk--it teaches a lot and inspires in an amazingly brief amount of time. It also focuses on the positive, while this official guide spends a lot of time talking about how nervous TED presenters often are. I understand that might help some readers, but.. How to Deliver a TED Talk helped me much more when it comes to dealing with nerves. This book just made me more nervous.
This official guide is very detailed, serious, and includes lots of examples and lots of repetition. I started reading it straight through, but it didn't hold my attention. After that, I started skimming. First I read just the start and end of each paragraph. Then I read just the start and end of each chapter and each subsections. You really can get the gist of most of the book this way. I know the depth, examples, and repetition will be better for some people, but I learn better with something short and entertaining. You know, like an actual TED Talk.
Here's a breakdown of the first 70 pages to demonstrate what I mean:
Prologue: The New Age of Fire--"TED's mission is to nurture the spread of powerful ideas.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I borrowed this from the library to see if it was worth purchasing. There are so many TED talk books already out there. I was not really impressed. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
A well written explanation of Ted talks, that goes beyond the basics into the nuts and bolts of actually developing a message. Read morePublished 17 days ago by John Terry
Provides useful tools for public speaking while at the same time providing a vision for how the reader can contribute to making the world a better place.Published 18 days ago by Jimmy
Communication surrounds us, it's essential. We often succeed or fail due to our communications. This book reaches way beyond a stage performance to the essence of the subject,... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Reluctant farmer
Great book. I am preparing for a technical presentation, and this has helped me to organize, prepare, and practice delivery. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
Its a long read but useful if you need a good public speaking reference to get yourself prepped for a speaking engagementPublished 27 days ago by Al w
It is awesome for me to enhance the skill of the presentation.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer