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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.