Effective Short Talks

In this Viewpoints, Hayley Foster, an expert on short talks popularized by TED conferences in recent years, discusses tips to help people deliver their message succinctly. She suggests avoiding message overload for experts who may want to cram too much information into a talk; says analytical types unaccustomed to writing think of their speech as building a model, and urges shy people to think about the “why” of their speech to overcome apprehensiveness. Moreover, she suggests a strong introduction to grab attention and a conclusion that has a memorable takeaway phrase.

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