Please view the following TED Talk videos:
After viewing the videos, please post a message that discusses your opinion of one of them.
If you choose the Julian Treasure video, please discuss the following:
- What was your opinion of the ideas expressed by Julian Treasure in the TED video? What did you agree with or disagree with the most?
- For practical use in the workplace, what were the most important points described in the video?
- Think of an experience, either in the workplace or another professional situation, (such as at PCC,) when using one of Julian’s techniques might have been helpful. Describe the situation and how it might have been improved.
If you choose the Carolyn Goyder video, please discuss the following:
- What was your opinion of the ideas expressed by Caroline Goyder in the TED video? What were the most important points and why?
- Which of Caroline Goyder’s tips might prove difficult to use in a practical public speaking situation? Describe.
- Think of an experience, either in the workplace or another professional situation, (such as at PCC,) when using one of Caroline’s techniques might have been helpful. Describe the situation and how it might have been improved.
Your message should include at least two paragraphs and should also be written using professional business language.
Once you’ve posted your message, please reply to at least two other posts, describing similarities and differences in your experiences. Your responses must be at least two paragraphs in length and offer your opinions about other students’ ideas. Discuss what you agree with and why, what you disagree with and why and any other related topics. (Replies may be posted by selecting a thread and using the “Reply” button.)
1.Julian Treasure’s TED talk covered common speaking mistakes with his ‘seven deadly sins of speaking’, the HAIL speaking cornerstones, and a toolbox of various parts of your speech that should be thought about when speaking or getting ready to speak. All of the ideas covered in his talk are relatively simple, but the HAIL cornerstones and the vocal toolbox I think are both really important in their own ways. The parts of HAIL (Honesty, Authenticity, Integrity, and Love) should hopefully already be integrated into all of our everyday talk, but when you’re pressured it’s easy to lose focus on these things. In my senior year of high school I was part of an advanced, college level class that dealt with science, literature, and humanities. We were given a task at the beginning of the year to prepare for a presentation of our choice to give to the class, I gave mine on the impact and artfulness of music videos. I got nervous when I started trying to get them to ask questions and converse with me, so I gave up some of my authenticity to try and earn the class’s attention back. I started playing more of a character than myself, in an attempt to keep the audience invested and entertained, but it fell flat. I didn’t walk away from that presentation too scarred, but I had things to say and a reason to say them and I forfeited that when I should’ve stayed on track and kept my head in what I wanted to say.
Many people in communicative workplaces need to evaluate their use of the things in Treasure’s toolbox. As a choir singer myself, I’m aware of the importance of being able to understand and control the various parts of your voice. If you’re giving a speech to coworkers, you should pay attention to the effects of your speaking habits, and know that some of these effects will be subliminal and some will be impossible to ignore. Just like how we’ve talked about unclear writing loosing its message, a speech can lose all of its meaning when the audience’s ears doesn’t enjoy listening to it. There’s probably hundreds of meetings per day that end up being complete wastes of time because the speakers talk in an way that ignores all the parts of the toolbox.
2.I really enjoyed listening to what Julian Treasure had to say in his TED talks video. I especially agreed with what he considered to be the four cornerstones for powerful speeches. Julian uses the acronym “HAIL” to stand for these cornerstones, honesty, authenticity, integrity, and love. These are qualities that I consider very valuable and tend to produce favorable outcomes. When someone is honest, you trust them and what they have to say. When someone is authentic, they are true to themselves and they are consistent. When someone has integrity, they can be trusted to do what is “right” without being monitored or fact checked. And finally, when someone acts with love, they are selfless, and take others into consideration. Together, these qualities make a very effective speaker.
For practical use in the workplace, I think that what Julian had to say about the way we use our voice is very important. For example, timbre and prosody. My experience in sales has shown me how important tone and voice quality can be. Clients want to buy from someone that they can build a relationship with, which also means someone who is easy for them to talk and listen to. It is important to maintain a friendly and conversational tone. And having a smooth and consistent voice helps is easier to listen to and maintain your listener’s attention.
When I was working as an event planner, I worked with one partner. There were times that I started to notice that some of our regular customers would reach out to my partner first, which also made her feel like she carried a heavier workload. After careful consideration to figure out why this was happening, I found that people considered her to be more accommodating and easier to talk to, whereas I was someone with firmer boundaries. My partner was the type of person who always found a way to make people happy. She led with “love” and taught me the importance of this technique.