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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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    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.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
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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.

    36 of 39 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!

    15 of 17 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

    20 of 25 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!

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Lulabelle Georgia 11-09-16
    Lulabelle Georgia 11-09-16 Member Since 2007
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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.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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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).

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    F. 01-25-17
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    "Great book but the narrator's voice is grating"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but I would caution them against having to put up with a grating and unpleasant voice. The author is very enthusiastic and engaging, but his voice gets on your nerves.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Everything about this book is wonderful, including all the characters (TED presenters) mentioned by the author.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    The narrator's extremely poor voice quality. I have listened to many (more than a hundred, perhaps) Audible books and, before Audible, to books on CD and to books on tape. I can instantly recognize a great narrator (Edward Herrmann) and a poor narrator (unfortunately, Chris Anderson).


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Everything is this book's content is truly wonderful.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Audible would have some kind of "minimum viable narrator" criteria. It's sad that (with a few notable exceptions) authors tend to be the worst narrators for their own books. In general, authors should let professional narrators do the narration for them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 01-13-17
    Patricia 01-13-17
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    "Really sad"

    It is really sad that Chris Anderson, apparently the originator of TED Talks and someone who has a wealth of information and great examples, is a really really really bad narrator. Although I am very interested in the topic - in fact need the information in order to improve my own ability to convey information - I simply could not get past the first chapter. Could only think " here is this guy who is telling me how to do better presentations and I can't bear his voice and speaking style - did he bother to listen to himself before he issued the Guide?" Apparently this didn't bother a lot of the readers, but check the reading before you buy.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Scotland
    7/27/17
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    "Much more than a public speaking guide"

    The narrator's intonation takes a little bit of getting used to but then it's a great insight to improving your public speaking. It highlighted so many pitfalls and potential for errors that at some points made public speaking feel even more daunting! However the book also was very informative in helping you to improve.
    I really enjoyed all the tidbits of unrelated but interesting facts from various TED talks that were used as examples, they helped to keep my interest sharp.
    The suggestions are helpful in all sorts of areas in life - how to dress, how to deal with nerves, what to do with ideas. It's almost a little tech-age life guidance text.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tamar M.
    7/10/16
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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.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Gary
    9/25/16
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    "Inspiring"

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

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Gaylor
    10/11/17
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    "Insomnia cure"

    At last, a great way to get to sleep, I challenge anyone to get to the end of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Konstantin
    9/19/17
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    "Fresh and innovative"
    What did you like most about TED Talks?

    The book provides some general guidelines for a good presentation; however it underlines that there is no standard recipe for a successful presentation. A successful presentation is always a mix of inspiration and good preparation.


    What other book might you compare TED Talks to, and why?

    I found the book quite innovative, so I would not compare it with another book.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This is the first book I listen from Chris Anderson. I knew him from his contributions to the WIRED magazine and only recently I heard that he was the key person behind the TED talks. The fact that he keeps a low profile and does not want to advertise himself through his achievements shows a side of his character that is necessary to build trust in his audience.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moving moments had to do mostly with the story of Chris Anderson; how he started the whole idea and his family background.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book for all those who enjoy the TED talks. The book demystifies their success and shows that only hard work is the way out. No standard recipe: just hard work and confidence in what you are doing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barney
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    8/25/17
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    "excellent"

    An excellent book and performance. the last few chapters in particular are inspiring although it is all good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aurosh
    8/4/17
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    "Must read for any speaker "

    Even if you are not looking to speak at TED, this is a must read for any speaker. plan to read every month until I absorb it in action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JedHoll
    7/15/17
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    "Thought provoking"

    A useful book for anyone who does any form of public speaking. More thought provoking than instructional it puts the art of public speaking under the microscope and highlights how there are many styles and techniques that can be deployed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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