How to Deliver a TED Talk: Secrets of the World's Most Inspiring Presentations, revised and expanded new edition, with a foreword by Richard St. John and an afterword by Simon Sinek
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DELIVER THE PRESENTATION OF YOUR LIFE--AND LAUNCH YOUR CAREER
A nonprofit dedicated to ideas worth spreading, TED challenges the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers to give "the speech of their lives" in 18 minutes or less. The more than 14,000 talks on TED.com have been viewed over 1 billion times and include those by such luminaries as Tony Robbins, Dan Pink, and Sheryl Sandberg.
Now you can learn how to give a TED-style talk to achieve your personal and business goals.
How to Deliver a TED Talk provides more than 100 invaluable tips--everything from opening with an explicit statement of audience benefits to framing your idea as an action-outcome response to a question worth asking. Whether you're presenting to an audience of 1 or 1,000, this book is an indispensable resource for any public speaker.
"Not just for TED talks, it's a great book for any presentation you have to make. If you want to deeply engage and impress your audience, this is a quick, informative, and brilliant guide." -- PETER BREGMAN, TEDx talker and author of 18 Minutes
"Jeremey's advice was key to my successful TED talk at TEDMED." -- AMANDA BENNETT, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and Executive Editor/Projects and Investigations for Bloomberg News
that it touches your audience intellectually and emotionally. CHAPTER 2 Organizing Your Talk TIP 8: Determine whether you will deliver a story-driven or premise-driven narrative. When constructing a talk, speakers develop either a story-driven narrative or a premise-driven narrative. Story-driven narratives typically focus on a single story from beginning to end. Most of the time the speaker is on stage, she actively relives her story. As a result, her logical argument will generally
her fellow passengers. The story vignette evolves as follows. A woman is reading a book on a subway car. Two men are sitting across from her having a conversation. As the subway pulls into its first stop, the woman looks up and notices a man who just boarded wearing a coat and scarf but sporting only yellow polka-dot boxer shorts from the waist down. Six more men at six additional subway stops enter the train car the same way without communicating with each other. Ultimately, a woman boards the
had a cat and a dog with me, and it was really hot. The cat came and went through an open window in the van. The doggy went into doggy day care. And I sweated. Whenever I could, I used employee showers in office buildings and truck stops. Or I washed up in public restrooms. Nighttime temperatures in the van rarely dropped below 80 degrees Fahrenheit, making it difficult or impossible to sleep. Food rotted in the heat. Ice in my ice chest melted within hours, and it was pretty miserable. I
curator Chris Anderson is well acquainted with this phenomenon. According to his article “How to Give a Killer Presentation” in the June 2013 Harvard Business Review, “The biggest mistake we see in early rehearsals is that people move their bodies too much. They sway from side to side, or shift their weight from one leg to the other.” When working with speakers, I find that most are unaware of what they are doing with their bodies. They are, appropriately, focused on getting their words to come
sound check before the event starts or during a break. This will allow you to make minor adjustments and build your confidence. Make sure your pockets are empty during the sound check and during your performance, and avoid walking directly in front of an audio speaker. TIP 99: Bring a backup outfit. In high-stakes speaking situations, especially those involving cameras, bring a backup outfit that you can change into quickly in the event of a wardrobe malfunction or a spill. It is also good