Speaking in public to an audience is the most terrifying experience many – most – people will have. Yet when you master the skills, have a story worth sharing, and deliver a great performance, the experience can be like skyrockets going off in your mind. The TED movement – originally for Technology, Entertainment and Design – has advanced the art of presentation giving (and receiving) to a widely celebrated art form. TED was founded in 1984 by the garrulous impresario Richard Saul Wurman, and for many years it was the greatest private club in the world. Chris Anderson bought TED in 2001 and threw the doors open. Today TED Talks have been viewed several billion times and the brand has become synonymous with brainy stuff that changes the world and makes it better.
Chris Anderson has just released The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking to help not only TED speakers prepare, but also to help everyone who has had one of those “I’d rather swallow a tarantula than get up in front of a room full of people” moments. Here are his top tips:
- A speaker’s job is to give, not take
- Slash back your topics to a single idea and connect every point to that theme
- Get personal
- Knowledge can’t be pushed into a brain, it has to be pulled in
- Start strong, end stronger
- Everyone can learn to give an effective talk