Public Speaking

20 Public Speaking Tips of the Best TED Talks, by By Jeff Haden Contributing editor, Inc



For each of the twenty tips provided in’s article, 20 Public Speaking Tips of the Best TED Talks, there is a respective video of successful public speakers doing their thing. Their full presentations run about 15-20 minutes each, and I watched a couple of them.  I found every tip provided in this article to be very useful. One tip that may be easy to overlook is to “Fuel your mental engine.”  The advice is to include protein in the meal you have before presenting because the dopamine and epinephrine found in the amino acids of proteins will help regulate mental alertness.  Another great tip is to “Create two contingency plans.”  Think about “what if?”  What if your presentation starts to fail, someone constantly interrupts you, or something else happens?  So, the tip is to pick two of your biggest fears and create contingency plans.  The more you think through possible complications ahead of time, the better you’ll be able to think on your feet.

One thing I noticed that the two speakers I listened to had in common was that they were both so interesting and entertaining, it made the time pass quickly, and I felt that I gained something from their respective presentations.  The first speaker I listened to was the author of the highly successful novel, Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert.  Her video was paired with the tip, “Share a genuinely emotional story.”  She spoke about her creative process in such a personal way that it made it easy for me to relate to her.  The other speaker I listened to was Steve Jobs.  I think we all know who he is.  His video was paired with the tip “Focus on earning attention.”  It is our job as the speaker to make our audience want to listen to what we have to say.  I was so interested in what Steve Jobs had to say that I stopped the video several times to write down many of his quotes.  So I’ll conclude with this quote, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.  Don’t settle until you find what that is.  You’ll know when you find it.”  -Steve Jobs



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