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Notes From Book TED talks

Chapter 1: Public speaking is a great way to spread your ideas; anyone can learn to do it. Source

  • we put something very dear to us on the line – our reputation
  • risking being disliked, ridiculed or even worse, ignored.
  • it’s a great opportunity to get your ideas out into the world.
  • public speaking is a skill that anyone can learn.
  • links to [[Midjourney V6 prompts examples/030-039 Areas/32 Zettelkasten/Literature notes/Matter/The Two Mindsets|The Two Mindsets]], [[Midjourney V6 prompts examples/030-039 Areas/32 Zettelkasten/Literature notes/Matter/From fixed mindset to growth mindset- the complete guide|From fixed mindset to growth mindset- the complete guide]]

Chapter 2: Earn your audience’s trust by making eye contact and showing your vulnerability. Source

  • One is to get personal,
  • disarm your audience to make them receptive to your message;
  • Making eye contact and showing vulnerability can go a long way toward opening people’s minds.
  • making eye contact with your audience will let them see that they can trust you.
  • Suppose you’re a trustworthy person who has based their talk on facts. Most people will be able to determine this by simply watching your eyes
  • if you “disarm” yourself by showing that you’re vulnerable, they will let down their guard

Chapter 3: You can explain even complicated ideas using a five-step process. Source

  • 1) find your audience’s starting point.
    • begin with something that will definitely be relevant to them
  • 2) spark their curiosity
    • people start asking themselves “why?” or “how?
  • 3) go over your concepts one at a time
    • it’s never a good idea to explain everything at once.
  • 4) deploy some metaphors
  • 5) use examples to make your speech vivid and memorable.

Chapter 4: If you use visuals, they should be strong and illuminating. Source

  • if your talk is on a highly personal subject, you probably don’t want to distract your audience with slides.
  • many talks do benefit from some visual aids, as long they’re strong ones that reveal, explain and appeal to your audience
  • images are secondary to words and should always reveal something that words alone can’t
  • check that they also illustrate exactly the concept you are describing and nothing else.
  • Stick to one idea per image

Chapter 5: Your personal style dictates whether to use a script or not. Source

  • a script ensures that you can fit everything you wish to say into the given time frame
  • helps you structure your thoughts
  • enable you to analyze if there are easier, more compelling ways to explain your ideas
  • Speaking spontaneously will give your talk a more fresh and vivid tone.

Chapter 6: Consider what you wear, but not too carefully. Source

  • ask the host of the event if there’s a dress code
  • it’s not a great idea to wear all white or black
  • avoid dense and small patterns that can create a shimmery effect in videos
  • it’s essential to wear an outfit that feels right for you

Chapter 7: Channel your adrenaline. Source

  • Just think of your fear as motivation to practice your talk
  • remember to breathe and breathe deeply
    • breathing all the way into your stomach and slowly exhaling will fill your body with oxygen, bringing on a sense of calm
  • drink water. When adrenaline surges through your body, you might start to feel dehydrated.
  • spot a friendly face or two in the audience
    • people will start to feel connected to you. Feeling this will excite them and, in turn, feed your confidence as well as calmness.

Chapter 8: Final summary Source

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