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12 pieces of advice for giving talks that have impact

Courtney E. Martin hosts a session called “The 19th Minute,” and shared valuable insight on how to give a talk that has real impact. Photo: Marla …

Public Speaking

TEDx tips: 5 steps to finding great local ideas for your event

Curating a TEDx event can be difficult, but your lineup can be first-rate with these tips from TEDx applications<p>As many TEDx organizers know, it can …

Public Speaking

Malcolm Gladwell on What Really Makes People Disruptive

The best-selling author says it's not tech, money, or brainpower. Successful disrupters all tend to have one huge precondition that's far more important.<p>When people talk about what it takes to transform a field or a world, they leave out one crucial component, best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell …

Self-improvement

Your Presentation Needs a Punch Line

It was late Saturday night on Chicago’s North Side, and the historic Green Mill jazz club was buzzing with nervous energy. So was I. Pacing on the edge of the tiny stage, I gave my notes one final glance, exterminated the butterflies in my stomach, and stepped into the blinding spotlight. “Welcome …

Public Speaking

Jason Isbell: The craft of sadness at Water Street

There is no such thing as Today's Greatest Living Songwriter. On any given day it could be Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Prince, Patti …

Country Music

Gates, Gladwell, Cain, and More: 17 Presentation Secrets From Superb TED Talks

Want to make a genuine impact on your audience? Here are some simple ways...and some great examples to emulate.<p>While captivating an audience is an ability that takes years to develop, there are some simple ways to instantly improve your speaking skills.<p>The following are simple tips for preparing, …

Public Speaking

6 Tips for Developing and Landing a TED Talk

Who hasn’t seen a TED Talk, those speeches known for being relatively lengthy (for the web) yet almost always entertaining and informative? TED …

Public Speaking

Does body language help a TED Talk go viral? 5 nonverbal patterns from blockbuster talks

Hand gestures might make a talk feel more compelling. In a poll that asked volunteers to rate TED Talks, there appeared to be a correlation between …

Public Speaking

A TED speaker coach shares 11 tips for right before you go on stage

Gina Barnett advises a speaker before the annual TED Conference. Below, her best last-minute public speaking tips. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED<p>The weekend …

How to give more persuasive presentations: A Q&A with Nancy Duarte

Stepping onto the TED or TEDx stage — or speaking in front of any group of people, for that matter — is truly nerve-wracking. Will you remember …

Public Speaking