TED Talks

  • by Chris Anderson
  • Narrated by Chris Anderson, Tom Rielly, Kelly Stoetzel
  • 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Customer Reviews

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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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- Shayne

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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- Konstantin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-05-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio