“How to Speak so that People Want to Listen”

In Julian Treasure’s Ted Talk he discuss simple things that we can do as speakers to make others want to listen. I chose this Ted Talk because as teachers we are constantly speaking and delivering information that are students should listen to. We can not expect them to listen all the time, but they are more likely to if we are delivering that information in a way that makes them want to listen.

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Treasure presented what he calls “The 7 Sins of Speaking”. These are things that we should avoid all the time to become better overall speakers that people want to listen to. They Include:

1. Gossip


3. Negativity

4. Complaining

5. Excuses

6. Lying (exaggeration)

7. Dogmatism (confusing facts with opinions and offering them as so)

While listening to this I thought of course these are things that no one wants to do especially while delivering important messages. After thinking about it for awhile I realized I was guilty of some of these, not necessarily while giving a large speech but while simply have a conversation with another person. Treasure explains that doing these things in normal conversation can turn people off from wanting to listen to you when you do have something important to say.

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Treasure also offered what he believes to be the 4 foundations for powerful speaking.

  1. Honesty
  2. Authenticity
  3. Integrity
  4. Love

Like I mentioned before there is a lot of speaking involved in teaching, you must have the ability to speak to your students, their parents, fellow co workers and administrators, and of course you want them to listen. I plan on using the 4 foundations that Treasure spoke of to improve my own speaking as well as avoiding the “7 deadly sins of Speaking”.


8 thoughts on ““How to Speak so that People Want to Listen”

  1. I really liked the point about honesty, integrity, authenticity, and love as being the foundational elements of strong speaking. If one thinks about it, these are the four essential components of strong living, strong learning, strong listening, and basically strong everything. Great post!

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  2. I liked the points that you brought out of this video. I think that I might actually make posters out of these 7 sins of speaking and have them hanging in my classroom for the students to see! Great find!


  3. This sounds like a very interesting TED talk, thank you for sharing! I think those 7 factors are so true, and many if not all of us tend to be guilty of 1 of them at least at one point or another and not because we are always intentionally trying to. Like you, not in public speaking to others but when your in a personal conversation with someone that at times is where we commit those ‘sins of speaking’. Good post!


  4. I really liked this article and plan on watching this Ted Talk! I think it’s really helpful especially since as educators we are going to be speaking in front and to people all day everyday. This gives us some guidelines so that we are not talking about stuff that the students don’t want to listen to. Great post!


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