THANK YOU FOR COMING TO MY TED TALK by Chris Anderson

THANK YOU FOR COMING TO MY TED TALK

A Teen Guide to Great Public Speaking
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The “Head of TED” [see note 1] delivers general advice and inspiring examples aimed at helping young people speak to audiences “with confidence and courage.” [2]

Distilled, or in spots transferred with minor massaging, from his adult oriented Ted Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking (2016) [see note 2] the broad guidelines (summarized as “breathe, play, and practice, practice, practice.”) [3] echo those in similar handbooks—but as the long time curator of the TED series Anderson does bring authority to his observations and name recognition, or at least unusual cogency, to his examples: “If it’s worth Bill Gate’s time to rehearse, it’s probably worth your time too.”[67] Though he does offer some practical tips on preparing and using scripts and slides, his chief focus is on defining principles of “presentation literacy” [6] that will serve in any situation from class reports or podium lectures to job interviews—starting out with an interest building teaser, [83ff] for instance, having a topical or thematic “throughline,” [14] and framing talks to leave audiences with the “gift of delight” [73] rather than “compassion fatigue.” [21] The result is more exhortation than checklist or worksheet, but may help readers frozen by anxiety or fear of failure over the hump.

Pared down, but still an effective pep talk: “Are you ready? Let’s go light a fire.” [8] (Index) (Self help. 11-14)

Pub Date: March 10th, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-328-99507-0
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: HMH Books
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