TED is know for showcasing some of the best, most compelling, most informative, and even revolutionary public talks. But what makes a great public talk? As lawyers, we often rely on our oral communication skills, whether for lecture, an oral argument, or at a negotiation table – so understanding what makes for a compelling talk matters.

Here are key tips for successful public speaking from TED curator Chris Anderson:

  1. Focus on one major idea
  2. Give people a reason to care
  3. Build your idea with familiar concepts
  4. Make your idea worth sharing