An effective speech can change our world. TED brings us together with inspirational talks from scientists, inventors, opinion leaders, artists, and authors. How are these speeches prepared and why are they being watched?
Anderson’s guide has garnered endorsements from an impressive list of intellectuals, including Steven Pinker, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Adam Grant.
“The TED Talk has reinvented the art of rhetoric for the 21st century. Goodbye to windy academese, scientific gobbledygook, pompous moralizing, powerpoint chloroform – we now know that “ideas worth spreading” can indeed be spread far and wide, and with clarity and panache. Behind this revolution lies Chris Anderson, who had a vision that powerful ideas can improve the world and has developed a coherent philosophy and a set of guidelines for compelling communication. This book may restore rhetoric to its time-honored place as one of the essential skills of an educated citizen.”
—Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of HOW THE
MIND WORKS and THE SENSE OF STYLE
“Nobody in the world better understands the art and science of public speaking than Chris Anderson. He has nurtured, coaxed, and encouraged so many speakers over the years (myself included) — helping us to bring forth our very best performances onstage, even when we were at our most nervous and overwhelmed. He is the absolutely perfect person to have written this book, and it will be a gift to many.”
—Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of BIG MAGIC and THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS
“This is not just the most insightful book ever written on public speaking—it’s also a brilliant, profound look at how to communicate. If you ever plan to utter a sound, this is a must-read. It gives me hope that words can actually change the world.” -Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of GIVE AND TAKE and ORIGINALS
Chris J. Anderson took over TED in 2002 and created a worldwide phenomenon. Anderson, pondering the details of making good speeches for years, has brought together the secrets of the most-watched TED speakers in this guide. TED Talk is a book for anyone who wants to make an impact with their ideas through public speaking.
-Observations by Marc Primo Pulisci