To become adept at public speaking, we need to practise. However, we can also improve our skills by watching and learning from other speakers. Today’s post provides you with a great resource to do just that: TED.
The annual conference brings together some of the world’s top thinkers and achievers. They are given a simple challenge: Give the talk your life in 18 minutes. (Doesn’t sound too hard, does it?)
One of the best things about TED is that its “TED Talks” – more than 400 and counting at the time of this post – are available to you for free.
TED’s mission is to spread ideas. As the people at TED state on their website: “We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.”
The talks are fascinating. Watch a few. And note the different speaking styles. Do you see things that you like? Do you see things that you don’t like? Does a speaker use an interesting technique that you could try in your next presentation?
You will come away from most TED Talks enlightened and delighted. And you might just pick up a good public speaking idea or two.