Acumen Presents: Chris Anderson on Public Speaking

The Head of TED Teaches You How to Deliver Talks that Share Powerful Ideas
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  • Lectures 23
  • Length 1 hour
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  • Languages English, captions
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Published 6/2016 English Closed captions available

Course Description

A carefully crafted talk can be the key to unlocking empathy, stirring excitement, spreading knowledge, and promoting a shared dream.  As the Head of TED, Chris Anderson knows this firsthand.  He’s had a ringside seat listening to many hundreds of amazing TED speakers including people like Sir Ken Robinson, Amy Cuddy, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Salman Khan, Amanda Palmer, and Monica Lewinsky whose talks have been viewed millions of times. He’s learned that a talk done right can electrify a room and transform an audience’s worldview.

In this course, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to use public speaking to share powerful ideas.  Chris will walk you through real life examples of TED Talks that worked and also share firsthand stories of mistakes to avoid.  You’ll get a series of worksheets and exercises to plan your own talk that draw from Chris’ latest book TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking.  Whether you are an entrepreneur pitching a company, a nonprofit professional making a fundraising request, or teacher looking to captivate your students, this course will help you become a powerful public speaker capable of leaving a lasting impression.  After completing this course, you’ll be ready to structure your own talk and deliver it memorably to an audience.  

What are the requirements?

  • There are no prerequisites for this course. It is open to everyone.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • craft an effective throughline for a talk
  • understand 5 different ways to structure your talk
  • learn the most effective ways to start your talk & get your audience on board
  • leave your audience with a memorable impression

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who is looking to become a more confident public speaker capable of sharing powerful ideas

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Section 1: The Key Elements of Powerful Public Speaking
Welcome Message from Chris Anderson

Post a brief message to introduce yourself to others taking this course and share your learning goals


Understand the key elements that all powerful talks share


Use these exercises to come up with an idea for your talk


Learn about the four types of talks you should avoid giving

3 questions

Take this quick quiz to test your understanding of what can go wrong with talks.


Master the art of structuring your talk with a throughline


Use this worksheet to develop the unifying theme for your talk

Section 2: 5 Tools for Successful Talks

Learn to connect with your audience and establish authentic empathy


Learn how to thoughtfully and powerfully intersperse stories in your talk


Learn how to explain complicated concepts clearly and articulately


Learn rhetorical techniques for getting your audience to grasp a new point of view


Learn to powerfully reveal new information and ideas throughout your talk


Plan how you will incorporate connection, narration, explanation, persuasion, and revelation into your talk

Section 3: How to Banish Your Fears of Public Speaking & Successfully Rehearse

Learn techniques for becoming less nervous when you stand in front of a crowd


Learn from how one of the most nervous speakers Chris has ever seen overcame her fears and confidently delivered an incredibly popular TED talk


Learn about two methods of preparation that you can use to get ready.


Create slides, props, and other visuals that enhance--rather than distract from--your talk


Learn the most powerful techniques for beginning your talk in a powerful way


Practice methods for ending your talk in a truly memorable way


Use this worksheet to plan the beginning and ending of your talk


Optional: Record your talk and share it with the course community to receive feedback.

Section 4: Why Public Speaking Matters More Than Ever

Understand why today's global economy demands the ability to share powerful ideas


Chris shares his final thoughts on how to deliver talks that convey powerful ideas

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Instructor Biography

+Acumen Courses, Global Learning Community for Social Change-Makers

Acumen is a non-profit changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. We invest patient capital in businesses whose products and services are enabling the poor to transform their lives. Founded by Jacqueline Novogratz in 2001, Acumen has invested more than $88 million in 82 companies across Africa, Latin America and South Asia and was named one of Fast Company's Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profit Companies in 2015. We also run +Acumen, a global learning community for social change-makers. Be an effective force for change with Acumen's online courses and chapters.

Instructor Biography

Chris Anderson, Curator of TED

CHRIS ANDERSON is the curator of TED.  Trained as a journalist after graduating from Oxford University, Anderson launched more than 100 successful magazines and websites before turning his attention to TED, which his nonprofit foundation acquired in 2001.  His TED mantra -- "ideas worth spreading" -- continues to blossom on an international scale, with more than one billion TED Talks viewed annually. 

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