"According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking," comedian Jerry Seinfeld once mused. "Number two is death. Death is number two. This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy." There are plenty of suggestions to overcome general fear, [...]
From start-up entrepreneurs to industry leaders, actors have knowledge to impart on many different careers outside of acting. Most roles in the business world could take a cue from Hollywood and Broadway. In fact, many well known speakers, like Steve Jobs, relied on the sage advice Broadway actors to ignite their live presentations. How can you harness the benefits [...]
Want celebrity swagger? This time- tested technique adapted from our public speaking training can help. Your vision tunnels inward, especially under the spotlights. And speaking? Forget it. You're not even sure you can breathe right now. They say a fear of public speaking is the most common phobia. But speaking isn't so much the [...]
Let’s face it: speaking in public isn’t always a breeze. So take a deep breath and focus with this must-have set of fun, helpful, and innovative tips inspired by The MOXiE Institute’s ten favorite TED Talks on public speaking. 1. Show people why your ideas matter to them. First of all, before you even [...]
It all started with a TED Talk. Amy Cuddy's TED Talk about the power of body language, to be precise. In that talk, Cuddy described the power of power poses to boost confidence and exude leadership. But what if power poses aren't enough? After the success of her TED Talk, Cuddy--a Harvard social psychologist--released Presence, a more in-depth look [...]
There are certain perils to watching a TED Talk live from the audience – occasionally you’ll be asked a stumper of a philosophical question or made the brunt of a speaker’s joke. Then again, you might be given seven and a half extra minutes to live, so it’s really a toss-up. In these talks, [...]
David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests in his TED Talk, is the best way to navigate information glut -- and it may just change the way [...]
With a seldom seen depth of knowledge and passion for his subject, David Phillips has become the leading Swedish figurehead in the art of making presentations for TEDx Talks.
Padraig Hyland is an audience engagement specialist and works with people to help them engage and excite audiences around their ideas.
Melissa Marshall brings a message to all scientists (from non-scientists): We're fascinated by what you're doing. So tell us about it -- in a way we can understand. In just 4 minutes, she shares powerful tips on presenting complex scientific ideas to a general audience.