+Acumen Master Class: Chris Anderson on Public Speaking

A carefully crafted talk can be the key to unlocking empathy, stirring excitement, spreading knowledge, and promoting a shared dream.  As the Head of TED, Chris Anderson knows this firsthand.  He’s had a ringside seat listening to many hundreds of amazing TED speakers including people like Sir Ken Robinson, Amy Cuddy, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Salman Khan, Amanda Palmer, and Monica Lewinsky whose talks have been viewed millions of times. He’s learned that a talk done right can electrify a room and transform an audience’s worldview.

In this course, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to use public speaking to share powerful ideas.  Chris will walk you through real life examples of TED Talks that worked and also share firsthand stories of mistakes to avoid.  You’ll get a series of worksheets and exercises to plan your own talk that draw from Chris’ latest book TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking.  Whether you are an entrepreneur pitching a company, a nonprofit professional making a fundraising request, or teacher looking to captivate your students, this course will help you become a powerful public speaker capable of leaving a lasting impression.  After completing this course, you’ll be ready to structure your own talk and deliver it memorably to an audience.

You can access Chris Anderson’s course for $100 on Udemy at any time.

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(Photo Credit: TED curator and host Chris Anderson speaks at TED2016 – Dream, Session 8 – Nightmare, February 15-19, 2016, Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, Canada. Photo: Marla Aufmuth / TED)

About the Course Instructor

CHRIS ANDERSON  is the curator of TED and recent bestselling author of TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking published in May, 2016. Trained as a journalist after graduating from Oxford University, Anderson launched more than 100 successful magazines and websites before turning his attention to TED, which he and his nonprofit organization acquired in 2001. His TED mantra – “Ideas worth spreading”– continues to blossom on an international scale. He lives in New York City.

What Am I Going To Get From This Course?

This course consists of approximately 2 hours of video content containing actionable advice and perspective-changing insights from Chris.  You’ll also get a series of worksheets and toolkits containing exercises that will enable you to plan and structure your own talk.  By completing this course you will be able to:

  • craft an effective throughline for a talk
  • understand 5 different ways to structure your talk
  • learn the most effective ways to start your talk and get your audience on board
  • leave your audience with a memorable impression

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