Public Speaking

Public Speaking

Learn to deliver powerful talks from the Head of TED


A carefully crafted talk can be the key to evoking empathy, stirring excitement, spreading knowledge, and promoting a shared dream. As the Head of TED, Chris Anderson knows this firsthand. He’s had a ringside seat listening to hundreds of amazing TED speakers whose talks have been viewed millions of times.  

In this course, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at what Chris has learned about using public speaking to share powerful ideas. He will walk you through real life examples of TED Talks that worked and also share firsthand stories of mistakes to avoid. 

Whether you are an entrepreneur pitching a company, a nonprofit professional making a fundraising request, or teacher looking to captivate your students, this course will help you become a powerful public speaker capable of leaving a lasting impression.


  • Master 5 compelling ways to structure any talk
  • Understand how to use a throughline framework to connect sections of your talk and deliver a coherent, impactful message
  • Practice strategies to start your talk powerfully and get your audience on board
  • Understand techniques to conclude your talk masterfully and leave your audience with a clear take-away
  • Gain strategies to banish stage fright and successfully rehearse


Take the course here: Acumen Course


    • Price Free
    • Artistic skills
    • Acumen+
    • No Certificate



    Acumen is a non-profit venture fund with a vision to help build a world beyond poverty through investing in companies that deliver critical goods and services in water, health, housing, energy, agriculture, and education; leaders who are paving the way for new approaches to fighting poverty; and the spread of ideas that will give the world the knowledge and the understanding to change how the world tackles poverty.
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