Everyone has a story to tell or something to teach the world about, but to do that means having to address the public. However, public speaking is scary. If we could, many of us would try to avoid it at all cost. TED Talks have created an art form out of public speaking despite the challenges many have faced. The videos of the speeches are watched over and over again. Speeches that have inspired and motivated others to change the world or advance more into the field. So what is the secret of the success of TED? I would suggest reading TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson to discover that answer.
Chris Anderson is the head of TED. He has helped cultivate the invigorating style that TED has become famous for. He has pushed the brand far beyond what anyone thought it was originally capable of and opened it to the world. So why not write a book discussing this style he made famous?
Anderson starts by breaking the book into specific talk points from foundation, tools, preparation process, stage, and reflection. Each section has a compound of tips and tricks that are useful in public speaking. Anderson even gives snippets of his rise into TED Talk and the speakers he has met. He includes the failures and success. He gives credit to his team that help develop the brand. The language is simple and style is beautiful. It makes reading this helpful tool invigorating instead of cold like a dead fish. I couldn’t put down this book and finished over the course of three days.
After reading this book, I feel like the daunting task of public speaking and sharing either your story or your lesson can be accomplished with the help of TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson. I would recommend this book to any professional or humanitarian that wish to impact the world.