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9 Public-Speaking Lessons From The World's Greatest TED Talks

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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9 Public-Speaking Lessons From The World's Greatest TED Talks

9 Public-Speaking Lessons From The World's Greatest TED Talks

https://www.forbes.com/sites/carminegallo/2014/03/04/9-public-speaking-lessons-from-the-worlds-greatest-ted-talks/

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Popularity of Ted talks

TED talks are viewed more than two million times a day. They have become the gold standard in public speaking and presentation skills. 

It means that your next presentation will probably be compared to a TED talk. But having to raise your game to the TED-style is not a bad thing. In fact, adopting the techniques that have brought some TED speakers global acclaim will make it much more likely that you will persuade your audience to act on your ideas.

Unleash the master within

Passion leads to mastery and mastery forms the foundation of an extraordinary presentation.
You cannot inspire others unless you are inspired yourself. Persuade and inspire your listeners. Express an enthusiastic, passionate, and meaningful connection to your topic.

Tell stories

Stories connect us. Stories stimulate and engage the human brain. It helps the speaker connect with the audience and make the audience more agreeable with the speaker's point of view.

Practice relentlessly

... 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.

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. 

"Your mission in any presentation is to inform, educate, and inspire. You can only inspire when you give people a new way of looking at the world in which they live."

 - Robe...

"Your mission in any presentation is to inform, educate, and inspire. You can only inspire when you give people a new way of looking at the world in which they live."

 - Robert Ballard, discovered Titanic in 1985

Deliver jaw-dropping moments

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.

Use humor

... but without telling a joke. Humor makes your audience more receptive to your message and lowers defenses.

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.

Stick to the 18-minute rule

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 attention." 

Favor pictures over text

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.

Stay in your lane

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 Brown on TED, invited Brown to be on her show, and today Brown is a bestselling author and regular contributor to O, The Oprah Magazine.

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  • Acoustics - the most important part of the delivery. Project your voice clearly and consistently to keep your audience engaged.
  • Content is king. Well thought out content with good articulation is essential for a great speech.
  • The best speeches are emotional, because they are powerful. Communicate anger, sadness, love, joy or excitement, in a meaningful, authentic and impactful way.

The TED-Style Talk

  • is scripted and carefully rehearsed, then delivered without notes, from memory.
  • is professionally visualized. The slides, videos, or animations are generally well-crafted...

“TED Talks” Approach

  • TED-style talks are personal. Your passion and sense of purpose create an energy boost for both you and your audience.
  • TED talks often take us on a journey. Where business speeches generally focus on a desired outcome, TED talks are also about the process of realizing how you’re going to get there.
  • TED talks are concise. Every word of a TED talk counts.
  • TED-style talks present an “ah-hah!” moment.

Craft Your TED-Style Talk

  • Choose a topic you’re personally passionate about;
  • Play with different ways to narrate (take us on) your journey of discovery around that topic;
  • Stay focused on your most important point;
  • Understand what makes all of this important to your audience.

Thinking of your talk as a gift

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Epiphanies

When you deliver a talk, your audience wants to learn something compelling enough to move them into action.

For this reason, place four to six anchor points throughout the talk that is insightful and compelling. Even common knowledge can be turned into an epiphany if emphasized uniquely or applied to the audience's specific circumstance.

A transformation

People want to change something because of you.

  • Point out what needs to change about their behavior
  • Why they need to change
  • How they can start the change

As yourself "What's the first step the audience can take to begin the transformation I'm focussing on?"

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