Talk like TED in a day!

One of our most popular programmes, ‘Talk like TED in a day!’, written and created by Susie Ashfield, is now available in a variety of formats:

Talk like TED in a day! – the workshop

A workshop structured around the iconic TED Talks, the gold standard for public speaking. Learn a step-by-step method to inspire and motivate your audience over the course of a day. Master the art of storytelling, learn to paint strong visual imagery and understand how to get your audience behind your ideas, no matter how audacious or complex they seem. A fun and challenging masterclass for those who need to shock, wow and captivate!

Learning objectives

This workshop will help you:

  • Understand what an audience needs from you
  • Engage and inspire a team to perform
  • Understand your personal style and how to use it
  • Show passion in your delivery as well as clear insight to your subject
  • Combat nerves, speak up and get your ideas heard
  • Learn how to express yourself by standing out and impacting your audience
  • Analyse the difference between communication that sticks, and information that gets forgotten
  • Deliver a persuasive and memorable TED style presentation from a clear nine-step method

Ultimately, this workshop will provide you with a toolbox to deliver compelling and influential messages to the people you need to motivate.

Audience

Managers, graduates and team leaders have all benefited from this tried-and-tested programme.

Format

This one-day workshop focuses on analysing performance techniques and developing presenting skills, for any face-to-face communication, whether you are presenting to a large group, a team meeting or just a one-on-one conversation. It is a challenging yet rewarding day which participants say is hugely enjoyable!

To allow sufficient time for all participants to get the benefit of one-to-one feedback from Susie on their presentations, we recommend restricting the group size to 8 each time.

Trainer

This programme was designed, and is delivered, by one of our most popular trainers, Susie Ashfield.

Feedback

See what people have said about Susie’s ‘Talk like TED!’ sessions:

‘Eye-opening. Educational and informative.’
‘A fantastic course that is unique in its delivery. Turns presentation skills training into an exciting topic.’
‘Eye-opening how simple actions can dramatically improve delivery of presentations and key messages. Superb – a must-do course!!’
‘Splendid.’
‘Fantastic course on simple methods to drastically improve your presentation style to engage audiences and feel more confident.’
‘Lovely trainer. Very good presentation style, and very engaging and helpful.’
‘Everyone can learn something from this course, even more experienced speakers.’
‘Susie was eloquent, informative and engaging.’
‘Excellent. Very professional.’
‘It’s the right mix of challenging the way you think about public speaking and practising!’
‘Really enjoyable – such an informative day! No scary role plays, very comfortable and great that the group size is small. Thank you Susie!’
‘If you want to realise how much progress you can achieve in just a few hours by using simple techniques, this is the course to attend.’
‘Great session. Takes you from theory to practice. You will learn new things about yourself.’
‘It will show you how to maximise your potential as a presenter in engaging the audience and selling your story.’
‘It was an excellent way of raising awareness of both my weaknesses as a presenter and techniques which will take me to the next level!.’
‘Susie was energetic, engaging, involved entire group and helped everyone learn together.’
‘Very credible, engaging, gives confidence in such a way we can see improvements in our presentation delivery.’
‘Excellent – and it was obvious Susie could do what she is teaching others to do.’
‘Susie is a very engaging and encouraging trainer who draws on her wealth of experience to help delegates get maximum value from the course.’
‘A very easy delivery style that put everyone at ease and got a lot out of everyone in the room. Thank you.’
‘Knowledgeable, effective, friendly, excellent, engaging – well done!’
‘Great help, not just for presenting but general communication as well.’
‘Raised awareness of things I did not realise about myself.’
‘Fun, makes you rethink how you approach talking.’
‘Excellent course – recommended for anyone who delivers presentations.’
‘Very knowledgeable and engaging trainer.’
‘A very easy delivery style that put everyone at ease and got a lot out of everyone in the room. Thank you.’
‘Completely changed the way I prepare and give presentations.’
‘It will give you confidence and techniques that will maximise the impact of every presentation you deliver.’
‘Exactly what I hoped to get out of the day.’
‘Great trainer, excellent knowledge, impressive client list!’
‘Extremely good and informative.’
‘A huge improvement in just one day!’
‘Brilliant, engaging trainer and enjoyable fun, giving you confidence to present.’
‘Very good course for anyone who needs to present any sort of material internally or externally.’
‘Excellent relaxed and friendly style that allows you to learn quickly.’
‘Excellent.’
‘Inspirational.’

Talk like TED in a day! workshop outline

1 What’s it all about?
  • Exercise: audience reaction in three words…
  • Introduction to the spoken word
  • Understanding the needs of the listener
  • The currency of ideas
  • Outlining your intention
2 Finding the story in complex content
  • Motivating activity
  • Analysing memorable messages
  • How do you add value to your content?
  • Exercise: The Six Principles of Sticky Ideas (Dan and Chip Heath)
  • How do you teach something new?
3 Delivering jaw-dropping moments
  • Systematic creativity

– Deliver an emotionally charged experience
– How to effectively use statistics and data
– Tactics that get results

  • The ‘urban legends’ concept – what makes stories unforgettable? How elements of the unexpected take content from ordinary to extraordinary
  • Exercises

– The Toolbox: Hands, Volume, Pausing, Eye Contact, Expression
– Energy levels. What percentage are you at?
– What type of communicator are you?
– Which TED speakers are the most inspirational?

4 Combatting anxiety
  • How to answer difficult questions
  • Identifying challenging situations
  • Controlling nervous energy
5 Making it personal
  • Creating impact

– Lighten up!!
– Analogies and metaphors
– Keeping it simple
– Pictures and props

  • Make an emotional investment
  • Exercise: Personal anecdotes and memories
  • The 9 steps to a TED Talk, including:

– Find the emotion
– Is it novel?
– Make it memorable

6 Action planning
  • Exercise: Identify specific actions to enhance your presentation style
  • Exercise: Personal action planning

 
Download workshop outline here.

Talk like TED in a day! – the open course

This very popular programme is also run as an open course on a regular basis. Click here for details.

Talk like TED in a day! – the keynote presentation

Susie delivers a condensed version of the programme for larger audiences. This can be for any length presentation, any size audience – ideal for team meetings, company conferences, away-days, etc, etc. Call us on 01582 714280 for details.

Talk like TED in a day! – the webinar

A one-hour masterclass structured around the iconic TED Talks, the gold standard for public speaking. Learn a step-by-step method to inspire and motivate your audience over the course of two hours. Master the art of storytelling, learn to paint strong visual imagery and understand how to get your audience behind your ideas, no matter how audacious or complex they seem.

Learning objectives

This webinar will help you:

  • Understand what an audience needs from you
  • Engage and inspire a team to perform
  • Show passion in your delivery as well as clear insight to your subject
  • Combat nerves, speak up and get your ideas heard
  • Analyse the difference between communication that sticks, and information that gets forgotten
  • Deliver a persuasive and memorable TED style presentation from a clear nine-step method

Ultimately, this webinar will provide you with a toolbox to deliver compelling and influential messages to people you need to motivate.

Format

This one-hour webinar focuses on analysing performance techniques and developing presentation skills for any face-to-face communication, whether you are presenting to a large group, a team meeting or just a one-on-one conversation.

The webinar uses a number of TED talks to help make key points and participants are expected to engage fully with the material and to interact with the trainer during the webinar. Inevitably, however, the format does not allow the trainer to see the participants deliver any sample presentations and give one-to-one feedback, which would require a classroom-based workshop instead.

The webinar is usually delivered using Zoom or Skype for Business but we can work with other platforms as well if required.

Talk like TED in a day! webinar outline

1 What’s it all about?
  • Understanding the needs of the listener
  • The ‘What’s in it for me?’ factor
  • The currency of ideas
  • Start with WHY

 

2 Make it memorable
  • TED Talk: Aimee Mullins – ‘My 12 Pairs of Legs’
  • Analysing memorable messages
  • How do you add value to your content?
  • Body language that empowers
  • Vocal power that impacts

 

3 Make it novel
    • TED Talk: Hans Rosling – ‘Global Population Growth, Box by Box’
    • Systematic creativity

– Deliver an emotionally charged experience
– How to effectively use statistics and data
– Tactics that get results
 

4 Finding the emotion
    • TED Talk: Danielle Feinberg – ‘The Magic Ingredient that brings Pixar Movies to Life’
    • Make an emotional investment
    • Personal anecdotes and memories

– Find the story – identifying characters
– Mirror neurons and transferring excitement
 

5 Action planning
  • Exercise: Personal action planning
  • How NOT to do it
  • Overcoming performance anxiety

 
Download webinar outline here.

Talk like TED in a day! – the one-to-one coaching option

As well as delivering training programmes on ‘Talk like TED!’ and other topics, Susie spends a significant amount of her time giving one-to-one coaching support to directors, senior managers and others keen to improve their presentation and public speaking skills. If you would like an initial call with Susie to talk through how this might work for you, please give us a call on 01582 714280 and we’ll set it up for you.

Talk like TED in a day! – the article

Susie’s written a piece for us on ‘TED talks – the good, the bad and the ugly’. Read it here.

For a no-obligation discussion about running a ‘Talk like TED!’ session for your organisation please just give us a call on
01582 714280.