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Top Ted talks on public speaking and presentation

Public speaking skills

"If you can speak, you can influence.

If you can influence, you can change lives."

So true! Your ability to speak and present with clarity in many ways determines how far you grow in your profession and business. Presentation is an important skill, for some it comes naturally, for others they may have to practice till perfection.

To help you find some inspiration and learn the best practice of presentation, we have shortlisted some of the great TED speeches in this blog.

Inspiration 1:

How to speak so that people want to listen

Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help you fix that. As the sound expert demonstrates some useful vocal exercises and shares tips on how to speak with empathy, he offers his vision for a sonorous world of listening and understanding.

Inspiration 2:

The beauty of data visualization

David McCandless turns complex data sets, like worldwide military spending, media buzz, and Facebook status updates, into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut -- and it may just change the way we see the world.

Inspiration 3:

Your body language may shape who you are

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that "power posing" -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident -- can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success.

Inspiration 4:

How to start a speech

Conor Neill cleverly unravels various strategies on how to start your presentation with a suspense that will keep the audience engaged for rest of the presentation.

Inspiration 5:

How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers -- and as a counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling.

Inspiration 6:

Common structure of greatest communicators

Why are some presentations spellbinding and some not? Well, this is the question Nancy Duarte takes on as she shares with the audience the secret of an excellent presentation. In this fascinating talk Nancy Duarte explains the model that she developed for designing transformative presentations. She explains the essential qualities of an excellent presentation by analyzing the speeches of Martin Luther King and Steve Jobs.

We will continue to add to the list. If you have come across talks that will be useful to add to the post, then feel free to leave a comment. Hope you enjoyed the read, do checkout our other posts on presentation skills.

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