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TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking

HarperCollins 2016. 272 pages
First published: 2016
ISBN: 9781443442992 (hardcover)
9781443443005 (paperback)
9781443443012 (e-book)
Original language: English
Dewey: 808
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

point of view, stance

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

When Chris Anderson took over TED in 2002, the conference had only 70 attendees. Small as the audience was, he was terrified to stand in front of them and persuade them, in only 15 minutes, to support his vision for a series of innovative talks. He went for it and now, TED talks are watched worldwide.

Anderson did not always speak convincingly in public. “I am not naturally a great speaker,” he writes in TED Talks. “I say um and you know far too often.” In this book, Anderson offers tips and lessons he’s learned along the way.

Drawing on many TED talks as examples, Anderson reminds the reader to consider why they want to deliver a talk in the first place: what message do they want to spread to their intended audience, and why? Unlike writing, filming a movie or using other media, giving a talk can convey your message by using tone, body language and all kinds of presentation aids (one talk illustrates its points by incorporating a dance performance).

The power of public speaking is incomparable, if done well. Anderson believes that a good talk relies on finding your own style. He also stresses the accessibility of public speaking. “Driven by our growing interconnectedness, one of humankind’s most ancient abilities is being reinvented for the modern era.”

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    TED believes in “ideas worth spreading.” Explore this concept and consider the importance of “presentation literacy” for both personal and professional purposes. Use the text for learning about effective public speaking.

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    In small groups, brainstorm ideas about what makes a good or bad speech or presentation. Share ideas with the whole group.

  •  Explore a variety of TED talks online. In a small group, identify the elements of an effective talk or presentation and note the specific examples in a reader-writer’s notebook.
  • To communicate appropriately
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Personal and Career Planning
  • Career Development
  • Personal Development