1 day TED Talk Training

Have the impact of the finest TED talkers with this high powered 1 day TED Talk training programme from Ginger’s TED talk specialists.

Course Overview

If you’ve ever sat through a life-sapping conference speech, or formulaic presentation this question will probably have entered your mind:

Isn’t there a better way to do this?

Well, there is! And no format shows it more clearly than that of TED.com. Since its relaunch in 2007 TED.com has led the way in providing access to powerful and inspiring sources of public speaking. You could say they have permanently changed the game of what great public speaking looks like (see this article for more).

It’s no longer good enough to stand at the front of the room foisting a deck of bland powerpoint slides whilst your audience try to stay awake. Audiences expect more – much more – and speakers are now empowered by the fine examples of the greatest TED speakers to entertain, educate and inspire.

Speak Like a TED Talker is a much-lauded Ginger training programme that takes the essence of TED and teaches you how to harness TED power for your public speaking.

Led by TEDx specialists, Beverley Glick (our legendary Rock Journalist) and Helen Thompson-Whiteside (branding and speech writing guru), this one day introduction to giving a TED Talk will equip you with the basics you need to know to deliver a highly compelling short talk like the finest TED Talks.

You’ll leave equipped with:

  • The power to be that speaker who everyone is talking about.
  • Ginger’s TED Talk Guidebook – a walk-through tool to help you put together your full talk.
  • Detailed feedback about your ideas and how you can make them stand out from the crowd.

And who knows, you might even go on to do your very own TED talk, like a number of our TED Talk training graduates, including Yang-May Ooi whose TED Talk was seen as a highlight of the whole event:

Is this programme for me?

Ginger’s TED Talk Training programme is aimed at established professionals who may or may not have had a lot of experience in public speaking.

Whether you enjoy speaking and want to hone your skills, or whether your doing your first big speeches and want to shine, this course brings speakers confidence, clarity and the ability to deliver a powerful short speech.

This course is for you if you are:

  • ginger with glasses and penAre an established business owner, an experienced professional or an academic.
  • Want to raise your profile as a professional – whether it’s within your organisation, your industry, or the wider world.
  • Want to speak with greater clarity about your work.
  • Admire TED Talks, but haven’t the foggiest how to do that style talk yourself.
  • Have experience, expertise and passion… you’re just not quite sure how to express it.
  • Want to find a clear and compelling message that other people will pass on.
  • Have, or may have speeches coming up and need to impress.
  • You’re disillusioned with the ‘usual’ motivational speaking, the ‘usual’ sales spiel, or the ‘usual’ dull, dry public speaking. You believe there must be a better way to communicate.
  • You’re gutsy (at least somewhere inside!) and would like to be more authentic and higher impact when you speak.

NB: If you are new to public speaking, or find it a particularly nerve-wracking experience, you may wish to book on the Foundations of Excellent Public Speaking 1 day course to develop your speaking technique (body language, vocal delivery and confidence work).

What will I learn on the programme?

You’ll learn how to master TED-style techniques during the programme, so that you can deliver a speech that powerfully promotes your work – or so that you know the process of great speech writing for next time a great speaking opportunity comes round.

During our TED talk training programme you will:

1.    Find the ‘idea worth spreading’ in your expertise, experience and passion. The finest TED talks are jewels that are mined from a lifetime’s work. You’ll learn what gems of knowledge and experience you currently possess that will help you write and deliver your TED-style speech.

2.    Ditch the waffle, the mess and the fuss: You’ll learn how to write a speech that’s compelling, well-structured and lasts for 20 minutes or less.

3.    Develop an innovative look, feel & experience for your speech. Get it right and people will remember your TED-style talk for years to come. You’ll learn ways of making your speech writing and delivery memorable in ways that work for your message and personality.

4.   Learn to leave the notes behind! That’s right, most TED-style speakers deliver their speech with the minimum of aides memoirs. Our method will encourage you to put the notes down and speak from the heart.

5.    Find your powerful, confident and unique speaking technique: TED offers a vast range of public speaker styles, the best of whom deliver their content with certainty and charisma. We’ll help you access a natural and compelling style of public speaking that is unique to you and fills you with confidence.

By the end of the TED talk training day you will have all the basics you need to develop and deliver a short speech or talk to the standard of the finest TED talks.

From there, you can choose to take a series of 1-2-1 sessions to shape your ideas into a full-scale TED talk.

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Are there any requirements to fulfil before I can enrol on the programme?

There are no prerequisite courses to the Speak Like a TED Talker programme. However, nervous or inexperienced speakers might like to take our Foundations of Excellent Public Speaking Course as well as the TED talk training programme.

Who will be on the TED Talk training team?

The TED Talk training programme is led by the fabulous Beverley Glick and Helen Thompson-Whiteside. All of our TED training team have experience coaching successful TEDx speakers.

There will be one trainer to a maximum of 6 TED delegates, so you can expect personal time with a trainer to hone your ideas.

Expect a lively and powerful atmosphere in the training room where you will feel both supported and challenged.

The Ginger Guarantee

For all our public programmes, Ginger’s money-back guarantee applies.

We promise to offer you top-notch training experiences that are practical, authentic and have unique insight. In fact, if you complete the whole course (that means showing up on time and staying for the whole programme) and don’t feel that you have at least benefited as much as you have paid for the training, we offer a no quibble, no fuss money back guarantee.

Please check our terms of business carefully before booking. Unfortunately, as a small business we’re not able to offer refunds on cancellations once your course fees are paid.


What level of speaking should I have to attend?

Our TED training is aimed at senior professionals, established entrepreneurs and academics. As such we would expect you have some experience of public speaking, although all levels are welcome. If you would like to work on your public speaking technique, please consider attending the Foundations of Excellent Public Speaking 1 day course, in addition to this programme.

Is there any preparation work?

We’ll send you a pre-course preparation pack to help you make the most out of our time together. This includes some recommended talks to watch, so that we have a common reference point for our discussions. NB – in respect to TED’s usage policy, we cannot show TED talks live in the class.

What stage should I be at with preparing a TED style talk?

Ginger’s TED talk Training takes you through the stages of identifying your topic, honing your content and delivering it with power in one day. There is no stage that you ‘should’ be at before the start of the course, we will take you through the process. That said, if you have already thought about what you want to say in advance, we’ll get you further during the day.

That’s what the prep work is for.

Are you affiliated with TED?

TED is a registered trade mark of TED Conferences LLC. Ginger Training & Coaching Ltd and gingerpublicspeaking.com are in no way affiliated with or connected to TED. We are admirers of TED’s work, but in the same way as you might ‘learn to speak like Steve Jobs’, this programme focuses on taking the lessons learned from researching the finest TED talks and TED style talks and applying them to speakers who wish to communicate with power and authenticity.

Will you help me to be selected for a TED talk?

No. TED has its own very specific criteria for selecting its speakers and this journey is your own to make. We would hope, however that this course will help you on the way by becoming a more confident, clear and inspiring speaker.

Is a for-profit event against the ethos of TED?

We’re big fans of what TED has done to spread top-notch, intelligent and inspiring public speaking across the world and believe there is a lot to learn from the format that has been showcased by TED Talks. We share TED’s values of authenticity, unique insight and bringing positive benefit to the world through outstanding public speaking. Our contribution to this new and exciting movement is to offer people the chance to learn and benefit from this style of speaking and in turn to bring benefit to their clients, communities and industries.

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What previous TED Talk training participants have said:

Marije Cornelissen
Marije Cornelissen
MEP, European Parliament

A brilliant team who gave me a better understanding of structure and the power of showing emotions, which work even better than facts. I’ll be inserting a little Ginger or TED into my plenary speeches to make the audience feel not see the point.

Nigel Rayment
Nigel Rayment
Magnified Learning

I was very impressed by the planning – the schedule was thoughtful and well managed, with strong session facilitation. I was extremely satisfied with the quality of feedback, not just to myself but to the other speakers throughout the event. I enjoyed the opportunities to put into practice the theory and techniques of TED talks.

Annabel Boys
Annabel Boys
Holistic Health Counsellor

I found the whole programme really useful, challenging & strong. I found a safe space to explore. To bring my personal story into my speaking and feel ok about it was a big step for me. All round it was a great, accessible, energising and supportive environment. Thank you!!

Simonne Gnessen
Simonne Gnessen
Wise Monkey Financial Coaching

I really enjoyed the programme. Thank you so much for creating such a lovely learning environment. There were so many aspects from the course to put into any style of communication, not just public speaking. I loved the balance of personalities in the training team – it was delivered beautifully, very engaging throughout and great energy. I felt very supported. It’s definitely given me a much clearer structure and more confidence that I have gravitas when I speak