Connecting with the audience

8 TED talks that teach public speaking

ted talksFor those of you who haven’t heard of it yet, TED is a nonprofit organisation that is devoted to spreading ideas. The phenomenon that is TED relies on the world’s most inspired thinkers on subjects including science, business and global issues (and pretty much anything else you can think of) sharing their ideas in a short (18 minute or less) talk.

According to their own website,

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world….In fact, everything we do… driven by this goal: How can we best spread great ideas?

Here at we also believe passionately in the power of ideas but also believe that your ideas are powerless unless you develop the key communication skills needed to spread them. As Mary Kay Ask accurately observed:

A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no-one.

Over many years working in the field, watching, listening, remembering (and often not) we have put together what we believe are the core skills every successful presenter needs. Our tried and tested tricks of the trade have been put together for you in one place and are available to download here for free.

The infographic opposite offers great examples of exactly the skills we have been suggesting for years. Click on it, read the tips, watch the talks, then start to influence like a pro! If you want to learn how to stand out from the crowd, we strongly recommend taking a look. Some talks you’ll like, some you’ll hate; some you will remember, others you’ll forget; but whatever, it will give you plenty to think about.

This infographic can be found on our Pinterest Communication Skills board. We use Pinterest as a reference library and post regularly any articles, posts, infographics or presentations that we think you would find useful. Do check it out here and follow us if you want to get all the useful stuff weeded out for you.



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