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Get ready to give your best Talk!

Here is a list of talks that give tips on how to give a great presentation, talk or speech.
First comes first.
A great talk talks about an IDEA. A message.
So the script comes first. Forget Powerpoint and Prezi and start with pen and paper. Think of the main message or idea you want to deliver and work around that. This main message should guide your script. From beginning to end, a TEDTalk is one thing, like an article for a magazine. You don't start saying good morning everyone, you don't start thanking the organizers for the invitation. Your first sentence is already part of your message. And the last sentence should be a strong way to make people remember what your main message is all about.

TED's secret to great public speaking

There's no single formula for a great talk, but there is a secret ingredient that all the best ones have in common. TED Curator Chris Anderson shares this secret -- along with four ways to make it work for you. Do you have what it takes to share an idea worth spreading?

The secret structure of great talks
Nancy Duarte: The secret structure of great talks From the "I have a dream" speech to Steve Jobs' iPhone launch, all great presentations have a common architecture. In this talk, Nancy Duarte draws lessons on how to make a powerful call-to-action. (Filmed at TEDxEast.)
What makes a great talk, great: Chris Anderson at TEDGlobal 2013
In this discussion with TEDx Organizers, TED Curator Chris Anderson reflects on the essential qualities of the best TED Talks. TEDx is an international community that organizes TED-style events anywhere and everywhere -- celebrating locally-driven ideas and elevating them to a global stage. Watch the talks at or find an event in your area at
Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen | TED Talk

Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to's of powerful speaking -- from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.

How I beat stage fright
Humanity's fine-tuned sense of fear served us well as a young species, giving us laser focus to avoid being eaten by competing beasts. But it's less wonderful when that same visceral, body-hijacking sense of fear kicks in in front of 20 folk-music fans at a Tuesday night open-mic.
Why I live in mortal dread of public speaking
Megan Washington is one of Australia's premier singer/songwriters. And, since childhood, she has had a stutter. In this bold and personal talk, she reveals how she copes with this speech impediment-from avoiding the letter combination "st" to tricking her brain by changing her words at the last minute to, yes, singing the things she has to say rather than speaking them.
Speakers, follow the 10 TED Commandments

TED guidelines come in the form of the 10 TED Commandments. When giving any presentation, apply the 10 TED Commandments to ensure success.

10 tips on how to make slides that communicate your idea, from TED's in-house expert

Insights from Our Office Aaron Weyenberg is the master of slide decks. Our UX Lead creates Keynote presentations that are both slick and charming-the kind that pull you in and keep you captivated, but in an understated way that helps you focus on what's actually being said.

How o dress? How did Amy Cuddy, Ron Finley and Glenn Greenwald choose their TED Talk outfits? By being themselves

Amy Cuddy bought a showstopper dress to wear for her talk at TEDGlobal 2012. But, a few days before, she decided not to wear it.

Tips on Rehearsals

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TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading - through, our annual conferences, the annual TED Prize and local TEDx events.

Susan Cain: The power of introverts | TED Talk

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability | TED Talk

Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.

How to sound smart in your TEDx Talk | Will Stephen | TEDxNewYork

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In a hilarious talk capping off a day of new ideas at TEDxNewYork, ...

Arianna Huffington: How to succeed? Get more sleep | TED Talk

In this short talk, Arianna Huffington shares a small idea that can awaken much bigger ones: the power of a good night's sleep. Instead of bragging about our sleep deficits, she urges us to shut our eyes and see the big picture: We can sleep our way to increased productivity and happiness -- and smarter decision-making.

Derek Sivers: Weird, or just different? | TED Talk

"There's a flip side to everything," the saying goes, and in 2 minutes, Derek Sivers shows this is true in a few ways you might not expect.

I Have a Dream speech by Martin Luther King .Jr HD (subtitled)

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

Steve Jobs Introducing The iPhone At MacWorld 2007

On January 9, 2007 Apple introduced the iPhone. The iPhone was a revolutionary product from Apple and it changed the way smart phones look and work. This vid...