TED Talks by Chris Anderson is an encouraging and relatable guide on how to give a good talk, a great read for anyone that has to talk in front of others, whether its 4 or 5 people in a meeting or in front of a large audience.
Anderson examines the importance of public speaking and the joy it brings to both the speaker and the audience. TED Talks offers ways to plan and deliver a talk and to gain some more confidence in public speaking. Using examples from some inspirational TED talkers such as Jamie Oliver and Bill Clinton, this book is easy to read and full of useful advice, tips, and tricks.
This summary will cover most of Anderson’s key points and tips about public speaking. We’ll start with the idea that presenting and public speaking is a learnable skill before moving onto building ideas for talks and 4 common traps people fall into. We’ll discuss Anderson’s thoughts on getting your point across, getting personal, narration and the idea of persuasion. Finally, we’ll address mental prep, speaking jitters, rehearsals, scripts and the importance of voice and body language. Hopefully, you’ll finish this summary with a few tips on how to improve your own nerves and public speaking.
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