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TED Talk Analysis

Visit

TED.com

and watch several TED speakers. Note that you can sort by topic, speaker, and a host of other criteria.

You can watch

any

TED talk you wish except a TED talk where the speaker is not face-to-face with the audience (such as voice overs of a PowerPoint presentation).

It’s important you’re able to view the nonverbal communication signals of the speaker.

If you’re looking a more concentrated list, you might also wish to visit

this link, which highlights the 25 most popular TED talks of all time

.

After watching a TED talk, write a short 300-500 word (1.5-2 page) analysis of that talk. Please ensure that you cite the talk you watched in appropriate APA formatting. You should answer the following questions in your analysis:

What is the topic and who is the speaker?

How does the speaker get the audience’s attention in the introduction?

What are the main points of the talk? Are they easily identifiable?

What techniques of delivery does the speaker use effectively (e.g., emotion, vivid language,

nonverbals

, humor, etc.)? Please be sure to provide examples.

How does the speaker conclude the speech? Does it echo the themes in the introduction and “tie the knot” or does it go in a different direction?

Is the speech effective? Did it leave an impact on you? Tell us why or why not.

What did you learn about speech delivery after listening to this speech?

⬛ Select another TED video to analyze, with a specific focus on audience engagement. Visit

TED.com

and watch several TED speakers. Note that you can sort by topic, speaker, and a host of other criteria. You can watch

any

TED talk you wish—

except for the one you watched above.

If you’re looking a more concentrated list, you might also wish to visit

this link, which highlights the 25 most popular TED talks of all time

.

In your initial post, you will identify a TED speaker who engages the audience effectively (using principles from our reading and course content to justify your position). Be sure to provide a link to the talk, summarize their speech, and tell us what mechanisms of speech delivery they use that make them so effective. Tell us what you have learned from them as it applies to your topic and your speech. After watching a TED talk, write a short 300-500 word (1.5-2 page) analysis of that talk. Please ensure that you cite the talk you watched in appropriate APA formatting. You should answer the following questions in your analysis:

What does the speaker do in the introduction to grab the audience’s attention?

How does the speaker demonstrate their credibility?

What techniques of delivery does the speaker use effectively (e.g., motion, vivid language, nonverbal, humor, visual aids, etc.)?

How does the speaker “leave” the audience (i.e., what do they do in the conclusion to wrap it all up)?

Why is this speech engaging to you? What have you learned and what can you weave into your upcoming speeches to make them more engaging?

  
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