6 Presentation Secrets from TED Talks

presentationIf you’re a fan of TED.com, you probably remember the first time you viewed one of the company’s free 18-minute online presentations. TED Talks are truly inspiring. If you’re not yet familiar with them, you’ll find that their speakers provide jaw-dropping stories you’ll be talking about for weeks.

Originally focusing on technology, entertainment and design—hence, the initials—TED Talks features remarkable experts in diverse fields with revolutionary ideas. As some of the most viewed speakers in the world, they showcase their high-level presentation skills—a seamless blend of intelligence, entertainment and persuasion.

At some point in your career, you’ll likely be called upon to make a presentation to potential customers, superiors and/or colleagues. Your ability to persuade others will contribute greatly to your overall success.

What can you learn from TED Talks that will help you select a topic, craft your narrative and fine-tune your delivery for your next presentation?

This article explores what makes a presentation effective, and suggests 6 ways TED Talks can help you improve your own presentations.

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  • Successful Speechcraft
  • Select a Topic
  • Craft a “Catchphrase”
  • Open with Gusto
  • Build the Body and Transitions
  • Create Visuals that Inspire
  • Prepare a Conclusion

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