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Teach your audience something new

Teach your audience something new

The human brain loves novelty.

An unfamiliar, unusual, or unexpected element in a presentation jolts the audience out of their preconceived notions, and quickly gives them a new way of looking at the world.

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TED talks are watched by more than two million times every day. They have become the standard in public speaking and presentation skills.

So probably your next public speech will be compared to a TED talk. But having to raise your game to the TED-style is not a bad thin...

Stories connect us. Stories stimulate and engage the human brain.

Stories help the speaker connect with the audience and make the audience more agreeable with the speaker's point of view.

It grabs the listener’s attention and is remembered long after the presentation is over.

Use anything in your presentation that elicits a strong emotional response such as joy, fear, shock, or surprise.

Practice and internalize your content so that you can deliver the presentation as comfortably as having a conversation with a close friend.

For example, Dr. Jill rehearsed her presentation 200 times before she delivered it live.

The most inspiring TED speakers are open, authentic, and, at times, vulnerable.

Brené Brown gave a TED talk on the topic of vulnerability and how her own research led to her personal journey to know herself. Opening up paid off for Brown in a big way. Oprah discovered...

A TED presentation should be 18-minutes. **Researchers have discovered that too much information prevents the successful transmission of ideas. **

TED curator Chris Anderson states that 18 minutes is "long enough to be serious and short enough to hold people's attentio...

And mastery is the foundation of an extraordinary presentation. So express an enthusiastic, passionate, and meaningful connection to the topic you are presenting in your public speech.

You cannot be an inspiration to your peers if you are inspired yourself.

Use humor in your speech, but without telling a joke. You will seem more likeable, and people are more willing to do business with or support someone they like.

For example, Sir Ken Robinson\ makes humorous, often self-deprecating, observations about his chosen field, education._

There are no bullet points on the slides of the best TED presentations. There are pictures, animations, and limited amounts of text.

Use the “picture superiority” technique. Your audience is much more likely to recall an idea when a picture complements it.

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Public speaking key points

  • Acoustics are the most important part of a speech delivery . Keep your voice clear and consistent to keep you audience engaged.
  • Content is crucial. Well thought out content with good articulation is essential for a great speech.
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Voice as an important tool

Your voice influences the impact of your speech and can make or break its success. 
With some guidance, you can learn to use your voice to increase your power and persuasiveness in any conversation or speech that you give.

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The TED-Style Talk

  • This type of talk is scripted and carefully rehearsed, then delivered without notes, from memory.
  • It is professionally visualized. The slides, videos, or animations are generally well-crafted.
  • Ted-style talks are videotaped from se...

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