How to speak so that people want to listen | Julian Treasure | TED

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9 min, 59 sec

The video discusses the significance of the human voice, common speaking sins, and how to speak effectively to make an impact.

Summary

  • The human voice is powerful enough to start wars or express love, but many people struggle to be heard.
  • Seven deadly sins of speaking include gossip, judging, negativity, complaining, excuses, exaggeration, and dogmatism.
  • Four positive speaking foundations are honesty, authenticity, integrity, and love.
  • Vocal toolbox includes register, timbre, prosody, pace, pitch, and volume; using them effectively can enhance speaking power.
  • Engaging in vocal warm-up exercises can prepare the voice for important speaking events.

Chapter 1

The Instrument We All Play

0:13 - 15 sec

The human voice is introduced as a powerful instrument capable of profound impact.

The human voice is introduced as a powerful instrument capable of profound impact.

  • The human voice can start wars or express deep affection.
  • Many people feel that when they speak, they are not listened to.

Chapter 2

Seven Deadly Sins of Speaking

0:29 - 2 min, 11 sec

Identifies seven negative speaking habits that people should avoid.

Identifies seven negative speaking habits that people should avoid.

  • Gossip involves speaking ill of the absent and reflects poorly on the speaker.
  • Judging makes it hard for others to listen when they feel evaluated.
  • Negativity and complaining spread gloom instead of positivity.
  • Making excuses shows a lack of responsibility and is unappealing.
  • Exaggeration diminishes the value of language and can lead to dishonesty.
  • Dogmatism confuses facts with opinions, making it difficult for others to engage.

Chapter 3

Foundations of Powerful Speaking

2:40 - 1 min, 36 sec

Introduces four cornerstones to make speech powerful and impactful.

Introduces four cornerstones to make speech powerful and impactful.

  • Honesty means being clear and straightforward.
  • Authenticity involves being true to oneself.
  • Integrity is about being trustworthy and honoring one's word.
  • Love, not romantic, but wishing well for others, can temper honesty with kindness.

Chapter 4

The Vocal Toolbox

4:16 - 3 min, 4 sec

Explores the tools available within our vocal toolbox to enhance the power of our voice.

Explores the tools available within our vocal toolbox to enhance the power of our voice.

  • Register affects the depth of voice which can imply authority.
  • Timbre, the feel of the voice, can be pleasant or trained to be so.
  • Prosody, the pattern of rhythm and sound, is crucial for imparting meaning.
  • Pace can convey excitement or importance, while silence can be powerful.
  • Pitch variation can express different meanings and emotions.
  • Volume helps to grab attention or highlight importance.

Chapter 5

Vocal Warm-Up Exercises

7:21 - 1 min, 39 sec

Demonstrates exercises to warm up the voice before important speaking engagements.

Demonstrates exercises to warm up the voice before important speaking engagements.

  • Six vocal exercises include using deep breaths, lip trills, tongue trills, and varied pitch sounds.
  • These exercises can increase the effectiveness of communication.
  • Audience participation in vocal warm-ups is encouraged.

Chapter 6

The Vision of a World That Listens

8:59 - 51 sec

Concludes with the potential improvements in a world where powerful speaking and conscious listening are the norm.

Concludes with the potential improvements in a world where powerful speaking and conscious listening are the norm.

  • Encourages envisioning a world with conscious speaking and sound consumption.
  • Discusses the impact of sound-conscious environment design.
  • Suggests that better speaking and listening could lead to greater understanding globally.

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