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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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By C. Freeman on 05-08-16

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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By Jarrod A. Hogue on 06-16-16

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.

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By Shayne on 12-17-16

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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By Konstantin on 09-19-17

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!

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By Jason Tisbury on 05-29-17

Rehashing the Ted Talks

What disappointed you about TED Talks?

If you want to listen to someone speak about previous Ted Talks this is a good book. Thh skills learnings are there but you have to filter through a few hours of listening to get to it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Chris Anderson again?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

No

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By Emmanuel on 09-17-16

great introduction to public speaking

this here really is a must for anybody who's interested in the power of public speaking either as a listener or speaker.

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