Aug 23

The TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) blog has posted the list of the 20 most-watched TED Talks to date. Sir Ken Robinson talk from 2006 called Schools Kill Creativity is still at the top of the list, with a staggering 13,409,417 views.

TED is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate ideas worth sharing. The top ten by total number of views is:

  1. Sir Ken Robinson Schools Kill Creativity (2006)
  2. Jill Bolte Taylor Stroke of Insight (2008)
  3. Pranav Mistry The thrilling potential of SixthSense (2009)
  4. David Gallo‘s Underwater Astonishments (2007)
  5. Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry SixthSense (2009)
  6. Tony Robbins Why we do what we do (2006)
  7. Simon Sinek How great leaders inspire action (2010)
  8. Steve Jobs How to live before you die (2005)
  9. Hans Rosling The best stats you’ve ever seen (2006)
  10. Brene Brown The power of Vulnerability (2010)

Advanced Presenter Julian Treasure is still some way outside the top 20 most watched on TED, but in case you want to help him catch up a bit, check out:

We recommend them all!

To view the full list see The 20 most-watched TED Talks to date

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Aug 03

If you think of the three tags of Advanced Presenter, Sound, and TED in one sentence, then you are probably talking about Julian Treasure of The Sound Agency. In his latest talk at TED Global 2011, he tells about the skill of conscious listening and gives us five ways to re-tune our ears for listening both to other people and the world around you.

Julian is an entertaining and confident presenter with a commanding stage presence. For anyone needing to give a talk to an audience of any size, you can improve your delivery just by emulating his sparse use of visual aids, effective use of tonality and grounded body position. See the measured use of hand gestures to emphasize a point. Listen to his well paced delivery, even in the confined space of a TED talk. From the welcoming open body posture at the beginning of the presentation to the relaxed stance for the well deserved applause at the end, Julian is grounded.

To watch an advanced presenter give a great talk about a subject from which we can all benefit, visit Julian Treasure And Five Ways To Listen Better

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Nov 01

Julian Treasure, chair of the Sound Agency, is back on TED with a new talk entitled Sound health in 8 steps. In it he says our increasingly noisy world is gnawing away at our mental health and even costing lives.

Those of you who know Julian will know that he studies sound and advises businesses on how best to use it.

Click here to watch Julian on Sound health in 8 steps.

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Aug 04

Have you ever felt like you’re talking, but nobody is listening?

Here’s Advanced Presenter Julian Treasure to help. In this useful TED talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to’s of powerful speaking, from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.

To watch presenter Julian give a great talk about a subject from which we can all benefit, visit Julian Treasure How to speak so that people want to listen

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Jul 31

Advanced Presenter Julian Treasure is on TED again, this time with a great talk Shh! Sound health in 8 steps.

Julian Treasure says our increasingly noisy world is gnawing away at our mental health, and even costing lives. He lays out an 8-step plan to soften this sonic assault (starting with those cheap ear buds) and restore our relationship with sound.

If you don’t know about reductive listening, expansive listening, schizophonia, or noise-induced hearing disorder, then you really do need to watch this video and listen to Julian Treasure: Shh! Sound health in 8 steps

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Nov 11

Frances Barrone Certified Lifeskills Consultant and Advanced Presenter has returned to Swindon to victoriously claim her Make It Happen Award from Swindon Business Breakfast Club. Frances was visiting family in Swindon and was inspired to pitch herself against competitors who wished to return to work or set up business in Swindon. The award was presented at the Tawny Owl in Swindon on 26th September by Maureen Inwards who is the European Human Resources Director (PP&M) for Intergraph (UK) Limited.

“Having survived some extraordinary events and traumas in life I see that emotions can affect wellness and so medically I support a holistic approach to health too, as many illness are stress induced.” she told us. “My husband Graham was keen to return to the family nest and take the Lifeskills Centre we had built up in Ireland to Swindon.”

The Life Skills Centre is very conveniently located in Rushy Platt just off Great Western Way at the end of Kingshill, Swindon. There is ample easy parking in a tranquil and private setting. Clients can experience a very relaxing and comfortable environment that offers restful and soothing surroundings whilst receiving exactly the right support and personal attention with a listening ear. They offer face to face meetings as well as telephone support and on line consultations.

To contact Frances to find out more about the Life Skills Centre, you can phone her on 07731 693 082 or email Alternatively, visit their website at

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Oct 30

Have you seen the TED video by Julian Treasure: The 4 ways sound affects us? Have you heard that there are four major ways sound is affecting you all the time? Do you feel uncomfortable with unpleasant sounds, and don’t know why?

Julian Treasure is the chair of the Sound Agency, a firm that advises worldwide businesses including offices, retailers and hotels on how to use sound. In this video on the TED website he shows how sound affects us in four significant ways. Click here to watch Julian now.

An Advanced Presenter, and the author of the book Sound Business, Julian keeps a blog by the same name that ruminates on aural matters (and offers a nice day-by-day writeup of TEDGlobal 2009). In the early 1980s, he was the drummer for the seminal post punk band Transmitters, highly acclaimed in the much respected underground scene which accompanied the punk revolution.

Visit for details of the book Sound Business, as featured on BBC TV and radio and in The Economist, TIME Magazine, The Director, The Guardian, Brand Management and others.

Click here to visit the Sound Business blog

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Oct 09

The South West Fast Trackers are a highly motivated group of business leaders, visionaries and philanthropists who have achieved a common standard of excellence by completing the Christopher Howard Fast Track to Success. These people are so motivated and empowered, that put them in a room with a so called ‘problem’, and out will come a solution and a business model to turn it into a wealth making opportunity.

Many of the South West Fast Trackers are Advanced Presenters in their own right, and give lectures, presentations and seminars all over the world. Their network consists of speakers, coaches, masters and mentors in every conceivable discipline, and if they do not have the expertise you need, they know someone who does.

For more information about South West Fast Trackers, click here to visit their website

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