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Yes­ter­day, I’ve played a cou­ple of down­loaded TED Talks on my phone while rid­ing in a van going home at a late night. I was amazed, how these peo­ple were able to talk direct­ly to their thou­sands of audi­ence and made them con­nect­ed to what the speak­er is say­ing.

To my curios­i­ty to learn more about per­sua­sive com­mu­ni­ca­tion,  I actu­al­ly watched more than three times from the TED App the video pod­casts by Chris Ander­son: TED’s secret to great pub­lic speak­ing.

And today, I actu­al­ly wrote this to share it with you the lessons I’ve learned so far and might apply these lessons to my future speech projects in toast­mas­ters. If it hap­pens that you are a toast­mas­ter as well, hi there! Are you watch­ing TED Talks also? If that so, I hope you’ll be able to get some­thing new today as you read this blog. You’ll nev­er know, maybe you will get a chance to share your idea in one of the TED Con­fer­ences in the coun­try in the future and this might be a big help also to you.

Ever won­der why most of the speak­er caught audi­ence’s atten­tion instant­ly? Well, I thought it was a gift or a tal­ent that God gave to each peo­ple whom He called to be a preach­er or a speak­er but oh boy, I was wrong! Here are their secrets:


1. Focus on one major idea.

I’ve start­ed attend­ing sem­i­nars and con­fer­ences year 2013. All through­out the sem­i­nars, I always tried my best to lis­ten and not missed any­thing from the speak­er is say­ing, I also did observe them while they give their talks.

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Most great speak­ers I’ve known always focus on one major idea, because the mind can only accept one idea at a time.

In order for a speak­er to trans­fer the idea he or she has in mind to oth­er peo­ple, he or she should lim­it his or her entire talk to one major idea.

I have observed this to most speak­ers as well, how­ev­er, some, stay long enough to the intro­duc­tion of them­selves by shar­ing their sto­ries, that they have so many to men­tion and they even­tu­al­ly for­get their major idea.

2. Give peo­ple a rea­son to care.

Speak­ing is some­how the same as you were writ­ing an arti­cle. Most blog­gers start­ed either with an anec­dote, sto­ries, or a quote, the same in pub­lic speak­ing,

One of the lessons I’ve learned from toast­mas­ters was, it is always effec­tive to start with a sto­ry, an anec­dote, an infor­ma­tion or a quote that will lead to the top­ic or idea, always gets the atten­tion.

Have your audi­ence par­tic­i­pate, ask them provoca­tive ques­tions, give them a rea­son to care, make them curi­ous as if it is you will reveal a dis­con­nec­tion in some­one’s world­view that they will feel the need to fill that knowl­edge gap that could only be fill by lis­ten­ing to you.

3. Build your idea with famil­iar con­cepts.

Build your idea, piece by piece out of con­cepts that your audi­ence already under­stands. Chris Ander­son sug­gest­ed that when build­ing the idea, the speak­er should use the pow­er of  lan­guage using the audi­ence lan­guage and NOT your lan­guage by start­ing where they are.

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4. Make your idea worth shar­ing.

Ask your­self this ques­tion: “Who does this idea ben­e­fit?”.  If the ben­e­fi­cia­ry of the idea will be your orga­ni­za­tion only, then prob­a­bly it’s not a good idea worth to share. But if you think your idea can bright­en some­one else’s day or change their per­spec­tive for the bet­ter or inspire them to do some­thing dif­fer­ent­ly, then you can have already an idea for a tru­ly great talk that can be a gift to them and to all of us.

Learned some­thing new today? Share it with your friends as well who aspire to be a speak­er some­day.

Do you have some­thing to add? Feel free to add, I am excit­ed to hear from you!

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I blog about my dis­cov­er­ies and learn­ings with per­son­al devel­op­ment, blog­ging, writ­ing, pub­lic speak­ing, and pub­lish­ing. I am a Jesus fol­low­er. Each month, I send out a newslet­ter with free tips on those top­ics.

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