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With this combination of autobiography and self-help manual, punk singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer expands on her popular 2013 TED Talk on “The Art of Asking.” Palmer has worked as a human statue, a performer and a singer. Each job helped her learn how to connect with others and ask for help. She covers life on the road in her art-punk band The Dresden Dolls, explains how crowdfunding makes it easier for artists to ask for help, and discusses her personal life, including her struggles with shame and her marriage to author Neil Gaiman. Palmer’s message of how to ask for help is the core of her text. But this manual, like her life, is chaotic. Her memoir sometimes seems like a stream-of-consciousness exercise and its confusion shrouds her heartfelt ideas about the need to escape shame and remorse. Still, getAbstract recommends Palmer’s tale of creative ambition and fearlessness to entrepreneurs, inventors and artists of all types.

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Blogger, singer and songwriter Amanda Palmer is half of the former punk-rock duo, The Dresden Dolls. Her 2013 TED Talk on “The Art of Asking” has garnered eight million views.



**Amanda Palmer’s TED Talk** In 2012, singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer received an invitation to speak at a TED conference. She was surprised because she’s a punk musician, not a professional speaker. The organizers had noticed her Kickstarter campaign to fund her album, //Theatre Is Evil//. Almost 25,000 loyal fans paid a total of $1.2 million to support the recording. Artists and entrepreneurs can use Kickstarter and other crowdfunding sites, such as Indiegogo or GoFundMe, to ask others – the crowd – for donations to pay for their projects. Kickstarter is all or nothing. If you don’t meet your minimum financial goal, donors get their money back. Palmer wrote her TED Talk to reach creative people who struggle with asking for help. She was surprised that her talk resonated widely. In it, she discussed her life as a street performer and musician, her Kickstarter campaign, and the backlash that followed. Many people told her they felt she spoke directly to them. They, too, had problems asking for help, financial or otherwise. She learned that “everybody struggles with asking.” Palmer hopes people will just ask for what they need, despite their fears. She stresses that you must believe...

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