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How to Dramatically Improve your Public Speaking Skills

What Giving a TED Talk Taught Me About Becoming a Better Speaker

Jason Shen
Jan 8, 2018 · 13 min read
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Giving my TED talk at the end of the residency program

My journey as a speaker

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Enter TED

Make every word count

Start strong

Know your through-line

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A backstage photo I grabbed as we were preparing for the event. I had rehearsed through the talk dozens of times before my final delivery.

Rehearse like your life depends on it

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Tim Urban’s Memorization Spectrum

Fewer slides, better slides

Tell stories

What is your body saying?

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Photo: Jurga Anusauskiene/TEDxVilnius (source)
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Additional Resources

Footnotes

Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most…

Thanks to Coach.me, Terrie Schweitzer, and Brittany Jezouit

Jason Shen

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Broadly curious 🦊 Products & systems, HIIT, Asian Am issues. || 3x founder • 2x holder • 1x NCAA champ . Explore ideas w/ me 👉 http://jasonshen.substack.com

Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles.

Jason Shen

Written by

Broadly curious 🦊 Products & systems, HIIT, Asian Am issues. || 3x founder • 2x holder • 1x NCAA champ . Explore ideas w/ me 👉 http://jasonshen.substack.com

Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles.

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