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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 9.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful & Practical This is an in-depth discussion and training about speech and listening, that the speaker raised several important areas which I am not aware of even though I have been conducting speech for quite some time, for example, content creation and be conscious at speaking and listening at the same time. Good course.
Date published: 2022-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing visuals are spot on The content is great and the visuals are well conveyed, and the symbolism in the visuals are perfectly timed and communicated clearly, concisely, and vibrantly! The audio excerpts and video clips and transitions kept me very engaged.
Date published: 2022-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Found most helpful! This is a thoroughly researched and well presented course that I highly recommend. As a public speaker for 20 years, there are points offered I wish I had known. For example Lesson 8 offers exercises for the body and for speaking anxiety and is excellent. I am practicing these daily. A follow up course could offer more depth on negotiating fees and the business of public speaking. Also, designing useful feedback materials would be useful.
Date published: 2022-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Content and Delivery! Content and Delivery are two of the many concepts explained throughout this course. Thanks for working on this and sharing!
Date published: 2022-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Educational and Thought Provoking This course presents many wonderful seeds of concepts and ideas that can help one grow from being a rambler that distracts their listeners to someone that captures an audience and delights them with a natural-yet-powerful delivery of well-cultivated content. The talks about noise and the importance of sound really resonate with me. The handout has a lot of great practice exercises as well that I can use in the future to continue to hone this craft. (I've already been enjoying the writing exercises!) Speaking in a way so that it is fruitfully received is an art. As in all art, you need foundational instruction to know what to do and understand how to practice to best progress your skills. I do realize that the only way to truly improve my skill is through using this knowledge in my own practice! Many thanks to the creators for creating this lovely course.
Date published: 2022-01-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed Decent delivery but NO content. Lecture 2 talked all about listening and speaking but never revealed HOW to listen and speak. What is "speaking into the listening?" Never defined it. Then spent most of the time with statistics about the harm in noise and designing public spaces. I wanted to learn more how to listen and speak. This lecture did not add much to what I have already learned from a whole variety of communication seminars. You'll get a lot more information and learning from a seminar on non-violent communication and empathetic listening.
Date published: 2022-01-15
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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
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.


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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