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TED Talks
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TED Talks
The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking

"Catnip for all the TED fans out there." —Publishers Weekly

"Unimpeachably practical . . . A handy guide for novice and moderately experienced speakers." —Kirkus Reviews
"Anderson shares the secrets behind the best TED presentations." —Booklist

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.

"Catnip for all the TED fans out there." —Publishers Weekly

"Unimpeachably practical . . . A handy guide for novice and moderately experienced speakers." —Kirkus Reviews
"Anderson shares the secrets behind the best TED presentations." —Booklist

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.

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About the Author-
  • CHRIS ANDERSON is the curator of TED. Trained as a journalist after graduating from Oxford University, Anderson launched more than 100 successful magazines and websites before turning his attention to TED, which he and his nonprofit organization acquired in 2001.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 18, 2016
    This guide to effective public speaking—informed by the wildly popular TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) Talks—gives readers tips for winning over audiences big and small: wedding guests expecting a great toast, a client waiting to be wowed, or a lecture hall full of multitasking students. Anderson, whose nonprofit organization, the Sapling Foundation, runs TED, 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. He also addresses aspects of preparation, such as knowing what vocal styles to avoid, planning attire, and managing nervousness. The prose can be hard to muddle through—true to the topic, it reads more like a transcript of a speech than a book—but this is an invaluable guide to effective presentations, and catnip for all the TED fans out there. Agent: John Brockman, Brockman Inc.

  • Library Journal

    May 15, 2016

    Anderson is the curator of TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), the nonprofit known for its TED Conference and eponymous TED Talks lecture series. In this first book, the entrepreneur offers advice on acquiring and honing public speaking skills, while also delivering a history of TED Talks themselves, including profiles of several speakers and public feedback to their presentations. The text is structured along the lines of Rule 1, Rule 2, etc., throughout 21 chapters. As a guide to public speaking, the work is conveniently searchable through its section titles, and many well-received TED Talks are represented. The author documents TED's progress, from its origination as an on-site conference in California to the development of TEDx events in communities around the world. For instance, in the section on the power of stories, he references author Elizabeth Gilbert's statements that storytelling is key to persuasion. He later notes actor Salman Khan to explain the significance of focusing on main ideas. Though some mundane details are included, the book still provides solid public-speaking wisdom. VERDICT For readers who appreciate TED's mantra of "ideas worth spreading" and those who are inspired to improve their own performances, no matter their line of work.--Jesse A. Lambertson, Metamedia Management, LLC, Washington, DC

    Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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