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6 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Let's start!

    • 2. Your A

    • 3. Your B

    • 4. Your C

    • 5. Your D

    • 6. Putting all together!

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Hey Guys! My name is Roi and I hold a unique life story in which storytelling basically saved my life.

The ABC's of public speaking is a simple method of structuring talks, speeches, presentations, and more.

After teaching and presenting for more than 15 years and being one of the founders of the Israeli TEDx community and giving a TEDx talk myself I've decided to put my knowledge and experience in this short, easy-to-digest introductory course on public speaking - This template I've created is our preferred training method for many TEDx speakers, CEOs, and others.

At the end of this course you will be able to:

*Prepare a proper presentation for work, school, or a business pitch.

*Streamline your story to create an effective TED-like talk.

*Have structured templates You can use again and again with any public speaking opportunity.

I've developed this simple method for public speaking and more the 20000 people have already learned it!

This course was remastered and will be the first part of a series of courses engaging in the art of storytelling

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Roi Shternin

Iv'e started a revolution from my bed.


 Learning how to tell my story has literally saved my life, transforming it from a bedridden, desperate patient to a revolutionary, fighting to empower others, patients, and non - patients.

I was privileged to be one of the Israeli TED community founders and saw how public speaking can empower people. I have taught this course in many universities, Forbes 500 companies, and to the general public.


I truly believe our day and age is the self-empowerment age and I'm thrilled to take this self-development journey with you!


if you want to know more about me, please click on the link to my TEDx talk and follow me on social media!

I love teaching and I'm here to help you grow!


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1. Let's start!: Hello, My name is very stern in public speaking can be intimidating and actually, stage fright is one of the greatest phobias of humankind, delivered or not. But people would prefer to be hit by a car than to publicly speak. And in this course we're going to take it very slowly step-by-step, just like the ABCs and show you that public speaking can be super easy template base. And for everyone, and I promise you that after watching this, you'll be a better public speaker. 2. Your A: We're starting with an a. A in this case stands for authority. Every time you go on stage, you need to give some sort of authority. And of course, sometimes the work has been done very easily for you. There is a brochure or leaflet before this event, or if it's online, there is an invitation online. People usually know who are they going to listen to. Sometimes you have some sort of a Graphic insert saying This is your name and what are you doing? Sometimes it's a professional event or sometimes the introductory is not really necessary because you're presenting your thesis and it's only your classmates. But still, every time you're talking about something, you need to change your hat from the head of the person you would just were a second ago, let's say a student sitting in class to the presenter. And even if you're in middle school or high school, when you're on stage or in front of the classroom, you are not the same students anymore. You are the presenter, you are the knowledge holder, you are the authority. It's very important to understand that without establishing this authority, people will find it very hard to trust you. There is some sort of bond that is being created between the speaker and the audience, no matter if it's on video or live stage or in any other type of presentation, there is something happening there and this bond instant bone that is being created. It's basically based on authority and trust. I'm going to give you an example. Imagine me now sitting on this chair or standing on a stage. But I'm wearing this overall full of oil stains and my face has oil stains or charcoal stains and I'm all dirty and I'm coming there and I'm sitting on this stage and I'm telling you, hello, Today, I'm coming to talk about how I found the cure for cancer. Would you believe me that I actually have any third of authority speaking about cancer research? Probably not. But if I had some sort of suit and tie and I'm presenting myself as a university professor coming to speak about a cure for cancer, then I'm probably going to have your attention. Because when we are sitting and listening to somebody, we are looking for social cues that will make us trust this person. In order to establish this authority, we need to do a very simple thing. First of all, we need to respect ourselves and respect the audience by dressing appropriately. There's so many ways to do it, and I'm not a fashion expert, definitely not a stylist. But I'm not talking about only wearing a suit to every event. I'm talking about the simple fact that you need to respect yourself. It's okay to see it like me with a pullover and a shirt underneath. It's okay to be with a tie and it's okay to be without a tie, but it's not okay to dress in an and respectful form to the venue or the events you're attending. Actually, it's been proven and there are a few cool studies about it that shown that the attention span of the crowd will be completely destroyed if you're not dressed right? You can see it as an example. If you look at doctors, at hospitals, the immediate effect this white coat have on US has been studied a lot in psychology. Because the white coat the doctor is wearing is immediately establishing authority. When I'm coming on stage, are talking about anything I should start with presenting myself. Of course, there are some talks, there are dramatic and opened up with a story and the speaker doesn't have to say Hello, my name is Roy and I am the trainer for this course. But usually you need to do some sort of introduction. If not read your name and profession and what you can do, the story that you start with has to do it for you. For example, hello, my name is Roy and under trainer of this course as being a public speaker for 10 years. This is a good authority introduction. But in another way I can start with, in this course, we're going to learn everything I've learned in the last 10 years, giving professional public speaking talks, add worldwide events and famous stages or so on. So I created the same establishment of authority into different way. This a authority is sometimes followed by a small I, sometimes you'll see it in the presentation, AI, authority and introduction. It's extremely important if the crowd haven't met you before or if it's a super formal events, for instance, a thesis defense. You're sitting in front of professors and you need to tell them, hello, this is my name, this is what I do. This is what I came to present you. So this was our a m is extremely important to start our talk. Authority. 3. Your B: There are a few limited areas or venues that completely block or ask people to give away their phones or completely shut their phones like in the cinema. But, but the percentage of people who actually turn off their font is very low and it's also been studied. So how can I compete with these amazing device that has the entire world? In the bottom of a few clicks, I can reach any movie, any show, any picture, any information. How can I, as a public speaker, sometimes in a very long or even professionally boring some time event, how can I compete with the smartphone device? The only way to do it is to do something extremely dramatic and is to kind of manipulate your audience when you publicly speaking. And it doesn't matter if it's for marketing, studying the 10 like talk or some other talk, you have to have a very early moment in your talk in which you are buying in the audience. How do you do it? You're stating the most interesting fact you came to talk about. And you do it right after starting with an introduction. For instance, if you're coming to talk about cancer research, you don't start by saying this protein is doing this and it's this protein and doing this, you're actually representing something that is so dramatic that the audience must listen to you. So you will start with some introduction. Hello, my name is Roy young professor. But then almost immediately you need to come up with the beam moment, which is usually the most interesting fact, the most interesting title you can actually use the title of your talk because usually it's a kind of a clickbait. The title of your talk is basically the most interesting summary of your talk you found, right? So you can repeat it. Something that is very surprising, something that is very emotional, or something that it's very interesting if you're talking about the historical battle, I'm sure you can find at least one facts from this battle that is astonishing, that is shocking. And if you're doing your research very well, structuring your top, you will find the sentence or two. That will be the by E moment of the audience. 4. Your C: The next part is actually the most important part of our talk, which is the content. The only difference between a talk and a haiku is basically the C part because if I'm just coming and saying Hello, my name is Roy. This is very dramatic and then go on to the D part in the E part we are going to learn about in a few seconds. Basically, I don't have a talk, I have a very brief introduction. This is the longest part of your talk. Usually, if I'm talking about a TED Talk that's today been recommended to do around eight minutes. The Cs probably going to take around 40 minutes. So it's basically at least half of the time of your takt time, sometimes even two-thirds. It's everything you came to talk about. The fact, the story, the elaboration of what you came to talk about. And the C is the place to put diagrams, images, talk about graphs. Every fact, every piece of story you came to say is in the C. The only other parts are using basically to dramatically manipulate the audience and use as a structure for our top to keep the audience at bay. But basically, our talk is RC. 5. Your D: The E part, the ending is the conclusion of the entire talk. And basically the best stocks are ending right after or almost right after the delivery of the message. What I would recommend you to do is basically do some sort of a recap, reminded people why they're here, why you are here? Recap everything you said. Like who you are, what you came here to do, summarize, then end with a bang. You want to leave the crowd asking for more. You want them to go and google what you've been talking about. The ending, the E part is the way to do it. I will repeat the very brief template that we're going to use for the rest of this course. A stands for authority. We have to establish a bond with the audience of trust. B is the moment when you buy in the audience. Because you say something super interesting or super dramatic, seal the content of our talk. Everything that he came to talk about, elaboration, graphs, diagrams, pictures, stories. Now is the time. These are delivery of your message. This is why you came to this stays, this is your life mission. This is why you are here, and e is the recap and the ND. Next lesson, we are going to elaborate more about how we structure everything and put it to use. It. 6. Putting all together!: Now that you're back, we're going to move to our next exercise. This is super funny and super-easy. And I found it actually as the best exercise before writing our templates for a talk. Even when I worked with CEOs sometimes and they have so much undermined. When you ask people to do the next exercise. They're kind of shocked in the beginning, but then they see that it's really working. I want you to tweet the next one. We're looking at a world of social media and Twitter used to have the limitation of 140 characters. I'm used to use a 140 words, but for this exercise, I just want you in three lines, only, only three lines. To summarize everything you want to talk about. No matter, again, if it's a TEDx like talk, if it's a dream TED Talk that you have it if it's for academia, if it's for work, no matter what, what do you want to talk about? Only three lines. And why do we do it like this? Because I've learned from my experience that if you don't know what you're going to talk about and explain it in 23 lines. You probably don't know how to talk about it in two minutes, three minutes or even 10 minutes. Pause this video and do this three lines maximum of what you come to talk about. Now, I want you to actually take a look of what you've done and take a look at our ABC chart and try to put those three lines that you just wrote. You have subject there. I want you to extract what you wrote and tried to look. Have anything there that is fitting to be a D a delivery moment. If you have a message there. If you don't have a messenger, I really recommend you to rewrite this tweet and tried to find a message to this message in your D area. Now, I want you to look for a very dramatic or interesting fact and put it on the B. Now that you have the dN dt dv, you can write the entire top. What I will do is go now and write the introduction, right, the ending, which is a recap, a very nice way to say goodbye to the audience. So to summarize everything and fill it up with our C, with our content. You can do it over a few days if you want. But I found that that if you do it immediately and have at least these few paragraph written, you basically already miraculously, magically have the skeleton for your talk. Just use this tweet that you did. Put it in the right section. And then you have the first way to practice. Now, how can we really practice? And kind of put this little chart that we have to use? I'm going to talk about it in our next lesson.