Speaker Style: Pico Iyer, The Worldly Professor

By Briohny Williams | Speaker Style

Apr 12

There's nothing more interesting and exciting than an idea presented brilliantly.

We're not all born with the ability to jump up on stage or hold the whole rooms' attention with a story, however the great news is, we all have the ability to learn great public speaking.

So, where do we begin to master speaking techniques and develop our storytelling? And if it's not too much to ask, feel great when we are in the spotlight?

The people that capture our hearts and minds have all spent time on their public speaking skills, strengthening over time with practice and good habits. We can do that too by watching other speakers to see what you like, what you don't - and hopefully learn something new along the way.

Our first Speaker Style is Pico Iyer's Where is Home TED talk

Speaker Style

The Worldly Professor

Equal parts teacher and philosopher, you can imagine the worldly professor the lecture halls of a celebrated university by day, and penning their memoirs by night. They reflect on the world around them, asking great questions and rubbing their chins in deep, deep thought.  


Pico Iyer has spent more than 30 years tracking movement and stillness — and the way criss-crossing cultures have changed the world, our imagination and all our relationships. Read more at TED.com

Quotable Quote

And home, in the end, is of course not just the place where you sleep. It's the place where you stand.

What To Watch For

  • The use of storytelling to hook and re-engage his audience throughout
  • Clear connection made to the objective of his talk (where home is) multiple times during the talk
  • Use of humour to relate to and include his audience
  • A succinct and thought-provoking conclusion

TED Talks are a maze that I could happily get lost in for days, as there are so many amazing ideas and speakers to explore. And, if you're interested (read: a little obsessed) with them too, there's an entire book dedicated to the art of the TED talk, Talk Like TED, if you really want to nerd out.

If you've got a talk you love, pop it in the comments below!

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