Acumen Presents: Chris Anderson on Public Speaking
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Acumen Presents: Chris Anderson on Public Speaking

The Head of TED Teaches You How to Deliver Talks that Share Powerful Ideas
4.3 (4,612 ratings)
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Last updated 1/2020
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  • 8 articles
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What you'll learn
  • 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
  • There are no prerequisites for this course. It is open to everyone.

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.  

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who is looking to become a more confident public speaker capable of sharing powerful ideas
Course content
Expand all 26 lectures 59:35
+ The Key Elements of Powerful Public Speaking
7 lectures 12:39

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

Introduce Yourself to the Course Community

Understand the key elements that all powerful talks share

What All Great Talks Have in Common

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

Preview 00:09

Learn about the four types of talks you should avoid giving.

Preview 05:47

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

Diagnose What Went Wrong With These Talks
3 questions

Master the art of structuring your talk with a throughline

How to Structure a Successful Talk

Use this worksheet to develop the unifying theme for your talk

RESOURCE: Craft Your Throughline
+ 5 Tools for Successful Talks
6 lectures 21:02

Learn to connect with your audience and establish authentic empathy.

Preview 05:00

Learn how to thoughtfully and powerfully intersperse stories in your talk

The Tool of Narration

Learn how to explain complicated concepts clearly and articulately

The Tool of Explanation

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

The Tool of Persuasion

Learn to powerfully reveal new information and ideas throughout your talk

The Tool of Revelation

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

RESOURCE: Outline Your Talk
+ How to Banish Your Fears of Public Speaking & Successfully Rehearse
8 lectures 20:13

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

Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking

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

Case Study: How Monica Lewinsky Overcame Her Fear of Speaking

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

How to Rehearse Your Talk

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

How to Use Visuals with Your Talk

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

Start Your Talk So That People Pay Attention

Practice methods for ending your talk in a truly memorable way

End Your Talk Powerfully

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

RESOURCE: Plan the Beginning and Ending of Your Talk

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

Practice and Share Your Talk
+ Why Public Speaking Matters More Than Ever
3 lectures 03:57

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

Why Public Speaking Matters More Than Ever

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

Parting Advice from Chris
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2 lectures 01:43

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BONUS PREVIEW: Adam Grant on Developing Original Ideas

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