5 TED Talks For Becoming a Better Preacher

Sunday morning comes EVERY WEEK! The constent pressure of crafting a great message can be really overwhelming at times. Here are 5 TED Talks that help you get better at your craft!

Nancy Duarte: The Secret Structure of Great Talks

Want to make your speech more inspiring and motivational? Then watch this speech from CEO and author of Slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations that describes how your speeches can have a greater impact.

Major take-aways

  1. Ideas are the only things that has the power to change the world.
  2. Humans are hardwired to physically respond to stories, not presentations.
  3. Your audience needs to be the hero in your story.
  4. The presenter is not Luke Skywalker, the presenter is Yoda.


  1. Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

    Sinek, author of Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, shares a simple model on how to become an inspirational leader: Start with a circle, and start with “Why?” Sinek uses examples like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Apple to illustrate why this is effective.

    Major take-aways

    1. Only a few organization know WHY they do what they do and WHY should people care.
    2. Most communicate the WHAT then the HOW and leave out the WHY.
    3. Great organizations communicate the WHY then the HOW and the WHAT.
    4. Communicating for change has to start with communicating the WHY.
    5. People aren’t motivated by what you do, they are motivated by WHY you do it.
    6. Martin Luther King gave the “I have a DREAM” speech not the “I have a PLAN” speech


Seth Godin: How to Get Your Ideas to Spread

Author, blogger, and marketing guru Seth Godin describes why leaders should stand out, and why even the most off-the-wall ideas can become the most successful ones.

Major take-aways

  1. Your audience doesn’t care about what you want, they care about what they need.
  2. Remarkable ideas are the one that spread. Remarkable means, worthy of making a remark about.
  3. Don’t be boring.
  4. The riskiest thing you can do is play it safe.


Chris Anderson: TEDS Secrets to Great Public Speaking

There’s no single formula for a great talk, but there is a secret ingredient that all the best ones have in common. TED curator Chris Anderson shares this secret — along with four ways to make it work for you. Do you have what it takes to share an idea worth spreading?

Major take-aways

  1. Number one goal for speaking is to transfer one idea.
  2. Ideas are the building blocks of your worldview.
  3. If communicated properly, ideas will change the world.
  4. Limit your talk to just one idea.
  5. Give your listeners a reason to care.
  6. Build your idea piece by piece.
  7. Use the language and terminology of your audience.
  8. Test your talk/idea with trusted friends before you share it with your listeners.
  9. Make sure your idea is worth spending, that is how you will change the world.


Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen

Have you ever felt like you’re talking, but nobody is listening? Here’s Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to’s of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.

Major take-aways

  1. People associate a lower voice register with power and authority.
  2. People find it easier to listen to a speaker that has a wider range and inflation.
  3. When you end a sentence on an up tone it sounds like a questions and make the listener second guess your statement.
  4. Silence can be very powerful. Don’t feel like you need to fill the silence with “likes” and “ums.”
  5. Its vitally important to warm up your voice.