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TED Talks Audiobook

TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking

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Publisher's Summary

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 right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience's worldview. Done right, a talk is more powerful than anything in written form.

This book explains how the miracle of powerful public speaking is achieved, and equips you to give it your best shot. There is no set formula; no two talks should be the same. The goal is for you to give the talk that only you can give. But don't be intimidated. You may find it more natural than you think.

Chris Anderson has worked behind the scenes with all the TED speakers who have inspired us the most, and here he shares insights from such favorites as Sir Ken Robinson, Amy Cuddy, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Salman Khan, Dan Gilbert, Mary Roach, Matt Ridley, and dozens more - everything from how to craft your talk's content to how you can be most effective on stage. This is the 21st-century's new manual for truly effective communication and it is a must-listen for anyone who is ready to create impact with their ideas.

©2016 Chris Anderson (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    C. Freeman 05-08-16
    C. Freeman 05-08-16

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    "One of the VERY Best!"

    Everything about this audiobook is outstanding. The narrator (who is the author) is an amazing example of what the essence of this book is about: compelling, interesting, significant public speaking–for TED, or any other venue. Anyone interesting in public speaking and in making this a better world will enjoy and benefit from hearing it. One of the best of some 700 audiobooks I have listened to. I was so impressed I bought the physical book as well.

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    Jarrod A. Hogue 06-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent tools but loses momentum"

    The first half of the book was excellent because it provided tools, strategies and examples of how to develop a talk or presentation. The author then transitioned into using technology and finished with global implications of Internet video and compelling talks. I wouldn't recommend the last 2-3 chapters unless that interests you.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Ashlie Bell 09-28-16
    Ashlie Bell 09-28-16
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    "Excellent!"

    This was an excellent book that I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to pursue public speaking, whether it be a TEDtalk, conference presentation, or workshop. I feel much better prepared after listening to this audiobook and feel inspired to share my ideas with the world!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    viki 06-22-16
    viki 06-22-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Concise, to the point"

    I've read quite a few books about presenting and public speaking and this is one of the best

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Tara 06-16-16
    Tara 06-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Get ready for an exciting journey?"

    Chris does an awesome job getting you excited to share your passions, even if you don't want to actually give a talk. You will be excited to give it a go after reading even a bit of this book. Then Chris proceeds to tell you exactly how to go about writing, rehearsing, and giving the talk. And it's all done within an ongoing story throughout the book. Fun, fun stuff!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Robb Lightfoot Northern Calif. 10-20-16
    Robb Lightfoot Northern Calif. 10-20-16

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    "almost perfect"

    I am a huge fan of Ted. The one thing I had hoped in a book like this that it would cover this subject thoroughly, with some historical perspective. I expected that it would acknowledge that the art of public speaking is 2000 years old it wasn't invented by the Ted people themselves. There is next to nothing mentioned about Aristotle or Cicero or Quintillion or some of the important work by recent communication theorists. is someone who is top public speaking for 30 years, I can tell you it's not all oratory shouted or intoned slowly to large crowds. there is a lively group of people and practitioners who have much to teach. that said, I do think there's a lot of value in this book. We do live in an age whete public speaking is becoming recognized once again is it important tool.

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    A. Yoshida 01-13-17
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    "Best Guide on TED Talks"

    The author goes above and beyond in explaining how to give a presentation to a large audience. If you've seen any of the most popular TED Talks, you'll know that the presenters have spent months preparing for an 18-minute presentation and have contingencies for every imaginable obstacle they might encounter, like technical difficulties and lost presentation.

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    Laura 11-05-16
    Laura 11-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent narration"

    Interesting and worthwhile. Chris Anderson is a great narrator. I would recommend for someone who is preparing for a presentation - also generally good skills for any speaking opportunity

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    Ryan BEAVERTON, OR, United States 09-09-16
    Ryan BEAVERTON, OR, United States 09-09-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A good speaker's guide, not limited to TED"

    This was a good set of guidelines and advice for public speaking and presentations. A lot of standard things, but well presented, and some information I hadn't heard before (discussion of the uncanny valley in scripted vs extemporaneous talks).

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    Lulabelle Georgia 11-09-16
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    "All You'll Ever Need to Know"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Chris Anderson? Why or why not?

    Chris Anderson has a delightful accent that makes his speech a delight to hear. That being said, I think I've heard enough from him to last a lifetime.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from TED Talks?

    This is a comprehensive teaching in how to do a spoken presentation, particularly preparing the listener to do a TED Talk-- something like a college course, but without exams. I believe it covered every possible aspect, at least in terms of how we communicate in the first quarter of the 21st century. By the last chapters in the book, I was hoping it would be over soon, but there was too much valuable information included to stop listening.

    I hope I absorbed enough of it to take with me and incorporate into rare public speaking opportunities. It did help me take a second & third look at an impending talk and make it better and nudged me into thinking that maybe even I could be good at this.


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    "highly recommended"

    Great narrator. Great tips. Funny and enjoyable.
    My presentation skills have improved due to listening and implementing the ideas and tips in this book.

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  • Shayne
    12/17/16
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    "Inspiring!"

    This is easily the best book about how to construct and prepare talks and presentation that I've read. And I've read a few! It bottles up 20 years of Chris Anderson's experience curating TED and all the many different types of speakers who've been on that platform - good and bad. A must read for anyone who (like me) writes and edits presentations for other colleagues to deliver.

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  • Reader123
    10/29/16
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    "Great info"

    Great information for anyone who lacks confidence and does not know how to speak to a large group, or maybe just a small group.

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  • Gary
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    "Inspiring"

    Really enjoyed every minute, great insights to what it takes to deliver a quality talk

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  • Richelle Arundel
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    "Excellent book"

    Absolutely loved this book. Chris may not be tge best speaker himself but he has observed so many speeches and knows what makes a great speech. Essential if you are planning a TED talk but a must have for anyone wanting to improve their public speaking.

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  • Anna Maria Rusanova
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    "Outstanding"

    This book is so amazing and immersive that I didn't even understood when I read it. I believe this book should be made into a workshop and made mandatory for every lechturer and seller there is out there!!!

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