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TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  8,881 ratings  ·  868 reviews
A New York Times Bestseller

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 ri
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Daniel Bratell Chris Anderson actually addresses this question in the book. He too noticed that while every talk was good, they were also too similar, and sometimes …moreChris Anderson actually addresses this question in the book. He too noticed that while every talk was good, they were also too similar, and sometimes the format was not the best for the speaker.

I will not say that he has different recommendations than before but he tries to convey that the idea and message is more important than the format. If a person can't talk without a tie, then wear a tie (ties used to be forbidden).

He also mentions that being different is sometimes crucial to capturing the audience attention so I think he's aware of the trap so many have fallen into. They look at the top 10 viewed TED talks, check for a common denominator and then adapt that. This is his example, not mine.(less)

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Always Pouting
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure why I read this because I don't plan on giving any TED talks, what can I say when I see the words deal and book together I seem to black out. Regardless even though it didn't play any practical purpose as of yet I think this was a pretty good read because I don't personally know much about public speaking and how to prepare for that. It gave a lot of insight into how different speakers go about it and how you can use your own personal strengths to make your talk resonate with others. A ...more
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I preordered this book and read it in two sittings, because it has the most compelling advice for any kind of public speaking. The core of the book is based around how public speaking is nothing but an idea that you want to transfer to your audience's minds - that insight alone is worth the time you spend reading and learning from this book. Most advice on public speaking give more weight to body language, posture and charisma, whereas this book rightly emphasizes on the words you speak, and the ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Definitely a book for public speakers. Of course, being in TED Talks is different when you are in normal public speaking forum like a workshop in the office where you facilitate the whole day or when you are delivering a lecture at school. A TED talk last only for about 15 mins and there has to be a single idea that the speaker and the TED Talks organizer want to share. I heard that attending a TED Talks event is expensive so I just content myself viewing these excellent videos on YouTube.

Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I borrowed this book from a colleague and really recommend it as a choice for a high school library. Chris Anderson adopts a conversational tone of stating his opinion on the various ways that people can express themselves in a public speaking forum. I would highly recommend to my fellow language teachers ( high school or post secondary), students, and other individuals that are working on their oral communication practices.
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
"If you've picked up this book just because you love the idea of strutting the stage and being a TED Talk star, inspiring audiences with your charisma, please, put it down right now. Instead go and work on something that is worth sharing. Style without substance is awful."

"The central thesis of this book is that anyone who has an idea worth sharing is capable of giving a powerful talk. The only thing that truly matters in public speaking is not confidence, stage presence, or smooth taling. It's
Aug 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
Two years after Carmine Gallo produced his excellent Talk Like TED, ultimate TEDHead Chris Anderson finally follows up with TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking, a less-interesting if more-specific look at the mechanics of giving good TED.

Like Gallo, Anderson (or possibly his ghostwriter?) goes for a casual, conversational tone, but Anderson's falls oddly flat, and the first half of the book focusing on the narrative techniques which produce successful presentations suffers from
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quite surprised how much I enjoyed this. Even dipped into the online videos on occasion.

I had the audiobook but would recommend a paper copy and a highlighter pen (I’m old-school) as there is rather too much to commit to memory.

Nicely put together but definitely something to pick and choose from, not all will apply to everyone.
Liliia Leshkovych
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like to watch TED Talks as it is a creative way to share ideas, to learn from the prominent experts from every subject of knowledge and to get inspired. And it was a great opportunity to read a book about TED Talks insights and experience drawn from the best speeches.

It is a true art and a great expertise to deliver a talk just in 18 minutes. Therefore, this book is a great guide and a roadmap from the head of TED, Chris Anderson, with many insights what it takes to deliver a great and inspir
Nov 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A big point made by the author is that Substance matters more than Style. But one of the notorious failings of TED talks is that they are too often sizzle with no steak. Some of his specific models are merely great ads for lousy books, like when you go to a movie and it turns out every good scene was in the trailer.

Beyond that, especially for an audiobook about speaking, it is disappointing because it breaks many of its own good rules, e.g.: find a narrative instead of delivering a laundry list
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: writing-creative
You could watch 20 of the best Ted Talks of all time and get most of this. Or just read the book. The benefit of the book is that the chair of TED tells you what not to do. That's almost as important as what to do. There was a speaker who basically copied the best Ted Talks and fell flat, so the book is worth the read because that is something you could get from the talks themselves. I love the Ted talks and have presented a bit. Everything here made sense and was good reinforcement. I like that ...more
Jurgen Appelo
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: public-speaking
One of the best books about public speaking
Li Li
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-development
One of the best books on public speaking. If there's only key takeaway, that is "Style without substance is awful". You got to have something worth saying, then how you say it follows.

Also, the book motivated me on doing public speech - It's not all about you, it's about the ideas you want to share. When I focus on myself, all go wrong. Only when you are focusing on your ideas, you will find it liberating.

Below are the notes I took:
The only thing that truly matters in public speaking i
Barack Liu
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing

080- The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking-Chris Anderson-Management-2016

—— “When the audience sits down and listen to your speech, they give you something very precious, something that you can't take back once you give it, that is their time and precision. Your task is to make the most of those minutes. "

"TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking" was first published in the United States in 2016. It discusses the ideas and techniques of how to conduct an effective public sp
Yuriy Borachok
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There can be found brief history of TED and many advises to improve skills of public speaking.
Andy Cunningham
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
In late 1992, shortly after graduation, I had amassed a collection of over 200 job application rejection letters. In the midst of the recession, just getting to the interview was a gargantuan task. I knew I would be fine once I got there but coneying that in an application was proving just too difficult. Then someone mentioned The Perfect CV by Max Eggert. It revolutionised the way I thought about my CV and job applications generally. Within weeks I had several invitations to interview and 2 off ...more
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good and so insightful. Highly recommend for anyone thinking of presenting or communication any format as part of their job or life style. There's so much here that I think it's easy to find what may or may not work for you. If nothing else, it's a really interesting read about communication.

Arpine Grigoryan
This book is a must read to anyone who wants to master presentation skills or give a talk (TED or not). You will learn a lot from Chris's experience and some of the brightest speakers the TED stage has seen. And no, it doesn't at all say that there is just one way to give a great talk. The so-called "TED-style" is diverse, in reality, and not the stereotypical one that is being mocked here and there. Overall, lots to learn from this book.
Niamh Fenton
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
As someone who hates public speaking I embarked on this book with the aim of gaining some advice/ tips/ tricks, what I actually gained was much more. C. Anderson brilliantly compiled some of the most popular talks over the years into a book that not only highlighted the common attributes of a good talk but showed the main importance of an idea (and the passion behind it).
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lots of good advice on public speaking with interesting stories and illustrations from TED talk speakers. It was much more interesting than I expected it to be and now I just want to watch a bunch of TED talks.
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A compelling, inspiring read! Clear cut, practical advise, and definitely a resource tool for those involved in public speaking.
Fred Rose
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not surprisingly, this book is more about ideas and strategies on how to give good talks and less on technique (though there is plenty of that). I found the big picture strategies extremely helpful, especially as I think about all my lectures to university students. I thought this book might be helpful for my students preparing talks, as they have all seen many TED talks. I would say there are many other better books for people beginning to work on doing better presentations but this is definite ...more
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
There is only one regret

...why didn't I read this prior to my thesis defence?
How I wish all college textbooks were packed in such an engaging narrative, maybe I wouldn't have gotten bored and slept on it so fast.

4/5 ⭐
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
”The future is not yet written. We are all, collectively in the process of writing it.
There’s an open page, and an empty stage, waiting for your contribution”

Loved reading this book, it takes you step by step through public speaking journey, gives the courage to launch and to break the ice.
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book
It changed the way I do presentations
I started applying these advice and the change is outstanding.
Viet Hung
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great one to prepare and deliver a great talk

I am a fan of TED talks early in 2009 or so and now I learned those great technics to build a great talk for myself. Thank you!
Silvia Feldi
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Felt like a collection of 100 books and ideas in just one book, very inspiring to read and further explore
Akash Khandelwal
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
A fantastic guide to giving public speeches. I did implement few of the insights in my conference talks, with positive results.
Abhijeet Jain
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-books
Probably one of the finest books written about public speaking.
The book is filled with the public speaking experiences of TED speakers. The thing I loved most about this book is that it doesn't ask the reader to follow a definite advice, it makes the reader decide his own speaking style by giving a variety of options.
I can listen to Chris Anderson all the day !!!
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you could *read* or *hear* what a man or woman has to say, why would you actually want to SEE them speak? Public speaking is hardwired into our brains: from the time we gathered around a campfire to listen to some blind old man with a long white beard (not Gandalf), or watch Socrates deliver his famous symposiums. We like the energy of...being there. The experience of attending a great talk can fire up your brain cells and expand your consciousness. It can inspire you. Or when used for insidi ...more
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Based on reviews, I read this book with the hope it would offer significant insights on being a better communicator and presenter - an important part of my day-to-day. The book does offer some good insights/reminders in this regard: maintain a through-line to anchor the message; metaphor: campfire story; value substance over style; show vulnerability if genuine; and most impactful for me was the tips on preparing - rehearse enough that you are comfortable and confident with the message, but not ...more
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Chris Anderson (born 1957) is a British entrepreneur and the curator of TED, the non-profit dedicated to ideas worth spreading, which hosts an annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and an open-access website where TED Talks lecture videos can be viewed for free by the public. Previously he founded Future Publishing.

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