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TED Talks: The official TED Guide to Public Speaking

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In Ted Talks Chris Anderson, head of TED, reveals the inside secrets of how to give a first-class presentation. Where books like Talk Like TED and TED Talks Storytelling whetted the appetite, here is the official TED guide to public speaking from the man who put TED talks on the world's stage. 'Nobody in the world better understands the art and science of public speaking t ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 1st 2017 by Headline (first published May 3rd 2016)
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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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Li Li
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
TED Talks is an excellent resource for writers, speakers, and people who aspire to do so. I mostly write, but occasionally, I get the chance to speak. I endeavor to inspire those around me and enlighten my spirit. So this book ended up being a true gem.

The book covers resolving speaking anxieties, ways to frame your story, scenarios, and including slides or presentations with your topics. There were various ways spotlighted to be a phenomenal speaker. Meaning there's no expectation for you to fi
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-speaking
One of the best books about public speaking
Nopadol Rompho
One of the best books I've read. It shows you how you 'should' communicate. It does not benefit only ones who will give TED Talk but also everyone who need to give a talk. Strongly recommended. ...more
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I loved how the last few sentences, or probably that whole paragraph summed everything up.

Overall, have been watching and listening to quite a lot of Ted talks few years back and still do time after time, so I got what I expected.

There's always room for "perfection" but I was not disappointed.
Barack Liu
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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. ...more
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is full of great advice for anyone doing public speaking regularly or who has things to say and could say them in a public forum. I had already done a TEDx talk and I read this right after I finished a huge address that I'd been planning for. As I was reading, I really wished I had read it earlier because some of the tips would have saved me from my mistakes--the big tip I wish I had headed was to always make the talk shorter than the time allotted ...more
Niamh Fenton
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ⭐
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A compelling, inspiring read! Clear cut, practical advise, and definitely a resource tool for those involved in public speaking.
Helen Derbyshire
May 30, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a brilliant guide for public speaking, I gained so much value from 70% of this book. The other 30% was very much focused around technology, education and design (duh that’s what TED stands for!) but with that not being my industry I didn’t utilise the full book but I’m still very much walking away with so much value!

Some of the ideas of how to structure your talks / ideas and public speaking engagements were really innovative based on the fact it is focused on those three topics so in so
Fred Rose
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
Umair Akram
Jun 03, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolute treat, an excellent guide.
Haven't read many books on this topic before and definitely won't be needing to read either.
This was a detailed course on how to prepare a talk for any public occasion both with or without any accompanying presentation.
It's beautiful how Chris really emphasizes the importance of sharing the idea more than anything and keeps it the central theme throughout. After all, it's all about the purpose in why you decide to speak.
An excellent lesson in public speaki
Sep 03, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Public speaking, or more generally the ancient art of rhetoric, is often the difference between dead ideas and unrealized dreams versus an impactful and fulfilled life.

Rhetoric is the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, especially the exploitation of figures of speech and other compositional techniques.

Warren Buffett attended the Dale Carnegie public speaking course:
"In graduate school, you learn all this complicated stuff, but what’s really essential is being able to get others
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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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