TED Talks And The Art Of Public Speaking

TED Talks And The Art Of Public Speaking

The year 2006 gave way to an entirely new form of public speaking that changed the way presentations would be given from then on. The TED conference was born giving way to TED Talks. These 18 minute talks showcased advanced presentation skills that were professionally presented by renowned figures from numerous fields of expertise on a given subject or theme of interest. TED talks were popular purely because of their simplicity and clarity, not to mention its appeal to a severely attention starved culture. TED talks are translated into over 90 different languages and are used around the world for numerous purposes.
These talks are now considered to be the gold standard in presentation skills and public speaking and chances are that most modern speeches and presentation are judged against the standard of a TED talk.

So what is it that makes these presentations so effective? Actually, what is it that makes any presentation good at all? Is it purely about the methodical transmission of information or is there some magical artistry that evokes your imagination? In this article we will look at some key aspects to enhance your public speaking through good presentation skills:

    Tangible Conviction

The truth of the matter is, you DO judge a book by its cover. As a public speaker, if one saunters on to the stage and mumbles a rehearsed lecture from their notes with no discernible enthusiasm, it doesn’t make for a convincing speech. Audiences need to see that the presenter believes in the content he is delivering himself and not just trying to sell it to them. Conviction is the key here and it is all in the verbal presentation but also in the body language. There is no limit for presentation techniques but sometimes keeping it simple, such as open body posture, eye contact and a smile can be just as persuasive as any theatrical gimmick that one may put on to convince the audience.

    Story Telling

Stories have been around since the beginning of time simply because all people love stories and these, even in some parts of the world today, are still considered excellent mediums for the conveying of truths, values and warnings. An engaging anecdote, a personal experience or a dramatic illustration can go a long ways in grasping your audience’s attention. Some people even go as far as making up fictitious stories for this sake! Stories can engage a person’s mind and heart without cumbering them down with hard facts, figures and statistics.

    Images instead of text

The human mind for the most part thinks in images not text. So whether you’re using a blackboard or PowerPoint, make sure your data is represented using graphs, bars and charts instead of mere text and numbers. Visual cues like that have a much lasting impression than bullet points with tons of text. Neuroscientists tell us that the brain’s ability to recall an image is ten times more likely than remembering what a person said or the words that he or she used.

Presentation Skills Training is an important aspect of corporate training that enables employees to master the skills necessary to give a knock out presentation. For more information on this, please refer to the following article: Storytelling – A Powerful Presentation Tool

Soft Skills Training Modules – Our Contribution to Trainers

We at MMM Training Solutions made a conscious decision to sell soft skills training materials in order to help trainers enhance their careers. All our modules are experiential and contain a minimum of six activities, games, role-plays or business case studies, as the topic demands. We permit our logo to be removed and our material to be edited. We also do not insist on a per candidate payment, for the use of our training material. Once you buy it from us, you can use it for a lifetime without any renewal charges. The material then can be modified by you, to create your own customized soft skills training curriculum proposal. How much better does it get?

Soft Skills Training Modules – Our Contribution to Trainers

This whole idea of selling training material was conceived from the overwhelming number of calls we received from trainers conducting soft skill training in Chennai and elsewhere, asking for help in the creation of training material.

“Give a man a fish, and you have fed him once. Teach him how to fish and you have fed him for a lifetime.” – Chinese axiom

The format of our training material is very simple yet powerful. We also sell various soft skills training modules that include role-plays, business case studies, and training games, individually, and cover an exhaustive list of soft skills. So as the trainer gets comfortable with creating his/her own training material, these training objects will come in handy in creating soft skills training curriculum proposals. This provides the assistance in second level of development of the capabilities of a soft skill trainer.

The numerous emails that we get from corporate trainers in Chennai and across the country that use our training materials are a testament to the impact that it has.

Recently I read an article in Business Insider paper that further authenticated the decision that we made. According to this article Patrick McConlogue, a 23-year old Manhattan-based programmer one day offers two options to Leo, a homeless man he sees on his way to work each day. The first option being, giving him $100 in cash the next day.And the second option, giving 3 Java script books along with a super cheap basic laptop the next day. If Leo chooses the second option, Patrick would offer to spend one-hour every week day teaching him to code.

Leo chose the second option and as per the article, for the last 4 weeks he has been learning from Patrick to code. They already are working on creating a new app related to Leo’s interest in global warming and climate change. Leo says he is happy Patrick gave him the second option because he is now able to do something about global warming and climate change that is close to his heart.

“Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.” – Napoleon Hill