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How to Speak So That People Want to Listen

A nine-episode course by Julian Treasure on mastering the power of personal communication? Developed from his popular TED Talks? We’re all ears.

How to Speak So That People Want to Listen is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 25.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting courses Wide variety of courses for just about any subject. Lecturers are vey concise and with the guide book very easy to follow.
Date published: 2022-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I found Julian’s Ted Talk intriguing. Went through the lectures and guidebook and there a lot of life lessons beyond just speaking such as 4 C ‘s of communication and the listening filters. There’s a lot more acronyms too numerous to write about .
Date published: 2022-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very well presented with important content! I am not completely finished, and I have training in public speaking, but I still found Julian's exercises, acronyms, and summaries very helpful and apropos.
Date published: 2022-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comprehensive and user-friendly The presenter is authentic and his enthusiasm and knowledge in regard to the material is apparent. I learned a great deal, have done many of the exercises with positive results. The content is comprehensive and can be applied in various situations such as writing, speaking informally with friends and family, as well as presenting information in small or large group settings.
Date published: 2022-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Practical and useful. The material was presented quite well. Essential points were emphasized. The content, though concise was practical and of a high quality.
Date published: 2022-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loaded with Helpful Information I've been taking communication classes for decades and didn't think that there would be much more to learn but boy was I wrong. This course includes many great tips and exercises for upping your game and lots of ways to remember them. The broad range of topics combines theory, mechanics, and application. If you want to be a powerful communicator, don't miss it.
Date published: 2022-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This course is fantastic!!! This man knows how to communicate effectively. I'm trying to write some content that may or not be spoken. I got so many tips on communicating whether voice or written, I'm very pleased
Date published: 2022-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top professors I have learned a lot since beginning courses on this site with teachers that make learning interesting.
Date published: 2022-04-02
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Learn the intricacies of public speaking with sound and communication expert Julian Treasure as he brings his exclusive training directly to you. His nine-part series, How to Speak So That People Want to Listen, has all the tools you need to become a powerful, effective communicator, and includes everyday exercises that can have a major impact on the way you speak, and the way you listen.


Julian Treasure

Whether you are speaking to a packed auditorium or to a friend, a relative, or a coworker, you'll learn how to speak so that people want to listen to you, and how to listen so that you’re somebody people want to speak to.


The Sound Agency

Julian Treasure is a sought-after and top-rated international speaker on sound and the skills of speaking and listening. Collectively, his five TED talks and nine TEDx talks have been viewed more than 120 million times. His talk How to Speak So That People Want to Listen is the seventh-most-viewed TED talk of all time. He has been honored with both the International Listening Association’s Special Recognition Award and Toastmasters International’s Golden Gavel. His book How to Be Heard, narrated by Julian, won the 2019 Audie Award for best audiobook in the Business/Personal Development category and the 2018 Voice Arts Award for Best Voiceover in the Business or Education category. He has been widely featured as a sound and communication expert in the world’s media, including in TIME magazine, in The Economist, in The Times, and on many international TV and radio stations and podcasts.

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How to Speak So That People Want to Listen
How to Speak So That People Want to Listen


The Pain and the Prize

01: The Pain and the Prize

Sound is incredibly important when it comes to speaking and listening. (After all, that’s what your voice is: just sound.) After a brief introduction to the series and a look at the vital importance of speaking and listening, spend some time exploring the power of sound. The world is a quite a noisy place, and you’ll consider the four effects of sound on all human beings, including changing our physiology and our behavior.

41 min
Listening and Speaking

02: Listening and Speaking

Why do you have to consider listening in a series that’s really about speaking? Because the two are intimately connected. Learn why speaking and listening matter so much in our lives, and how they can even shape our happiness and wellbeing. One of the many transformational realizations you’ll discover is the helpful practice of “speaking into a listening,” which can make your speaking infinitely more powerful—immediately.

36 min
How You Speak and Listen

03: How You Speak and Listen

It’s time to take speaking and listening from the unconscious level to the conscious one, where they can be honed. Focus here on the mechanics of your voice: how it works, how we hear it, and how we listen to it (hearing and listening being two different things). Along the way, you’ll explore in detail your listening filters, which shape your appreciation and perception of reality, and the way your senses affect one another.

48 min
The Dark Side

04: The Dark Side

Venture into the darker side of speaking and listening: namely, all the things that get in the way of effective communication. Ponder the four leeches (habits we have that suck the power from our communication), the seven deadly sins (an expansion of Julian Treasure’s popular TED Talk), six agents of miscommunication (which you can actually use as tools), and danger words to eliminate from your speaking.

64 min
How to Listen Consciously

05: How to Listen Consciously

Listening is crucial to speaking, because the way you listen affects the way everyone listens to you. Take a closer look at your relationship with silence, then learn effective listening exercises (such as “the mixer” and “savoring”) that can help you listen more consciously. End with insights into common listening issues that arise in an organizational context—and whether the problem is you, or your organization.

50 min
How to Create Great Content

06: How to Create Great Content

Content, as the saying goes, is king. A brilliant speaker delivering nonsense is not worth any listener’s time. But that’s not a problem you’ll have with help from this episode, which offers tools and techniques that aid you for the rest of your life. Learn how to master the four powerful foundations of listening, how to develop a succinct personal introduction, and how to make your content relevant—the infamous “So what?”

60 min
Your Vocal Toolbox and How to Use It

07: Your Vocal Toolbox and How to Use It

Let’s crack open that vocal toolbox of yours! This episode on delivery (or how you say what you want to say) covers breathing practices, voice registers (including three you’ll want to avoid as much as possible), pitch (pro tip: we pay more attention to lower voices) and pace (which should be varied to fit with your listener’s listening). Also make fascinating connections between your delivery and your facial expressions and posture.

38 min
Fit to Speak

08: Fit to Speak

Spend this episode in the company of Jane Majendie, a fitness and wellbeing expert who steps in to show you how to speak in your full power, physically. You’ll cover vital tips for nutrition, hydration, breathing, and posture. Plus, this episode is chock-full of easy exercises you can perform—both on a daily basis and right before an upcoming speaking engagement—to get the best out of your voice and presence.

27 min
Public Speaking

09: Public Speaking

Few things are more terrifying than getting up in front of an audience to speak. But fear not—help is at hand. In this last episode, Julian Treasure offers a range of tips and tricks from what he’s learned over the years about public speaking: the crucible of speaking so that people want to listen. Strengthen your ability to practice, prepare, and deliver wonderful public talks, whether to 10 people or 10,000.

54 min