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  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484021851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484021859
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Akash Karia is a professional speaker who has trained thousands of people worldwide, from bankers in Hong Kong to yoga teachers in Thailand to senior executives in Dubai. He is an award-winner trainer who has been ranked as one of the Top 10 Speakers in Asia-Pacific. He writes books on public speaking and success, sharing proven tools and techniques for the price of a cup of coffee. What separates him from other authors is that his books are based on hundreds of hours of intensive scientific research. All these tools are delivered in a simple, easy-to-read, step-by-step format that you can implement immediately.

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Akash Karia is a professional speaker who has trained thousands of people worldwide, from bankers in Hong Kong to yoga teachers in Thailand to senior executives in Dubai. He is an award-winning trainer who has been ranked as one of the Top 10 Speakers in Asia-Pacific. He is currently the Chief Commercial Officer of a multi-million dollar company in Tanzania, in which capacity he heads the sales, relations and marketing departments of the organization.

Akash writes books on public speaking and success, sharing proven tools and techniques for the price of a cup of coffee. What separates him from other authors is that his books are based on hundreds of hours of intensive scientific research. All these tools are delivered in a simple, easy-to-read, step-by-step format that you can implement immediately. If you'd like Akash to speak at your next event or to train your employees, you can contact him through his website: http://www.AkashKaria.com

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Excellent book, discover a lot of information, very well explained!!!
Gustavo Odio A
I appreciate that Akash did the research, saves all of us hours of viewing TED talks, and readily shares the keys he has found that make for an excellent talk.
marion-amazon
This is a great feature, and is reason enough in itself to buy the Kindle version.
Gary Bisaga

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nazeesh Admani on June 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
As a university student who has to give presentations almost once a month, this book helped me a great deal. I implemented the techniques suggested by Akash Karia in almost all of my presentations and found they worked really well with my audience. It was an easy read which allowed me to follow it thoroughly. Other books I've come across bore me enough to put me to sleep before I begin my presentation. This however, shortens and simplifies everything for you. It genuinely teaches you how to prepare a talk, enjoy doing it and make it successful. A definite recommendation.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By KapenaKeoni on May 10, 2013
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I do many presentations every week. the format of this book was well organized, and easy to read. Many useful tips that can be applied immediatly to any presenter of all leverls.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen L Bolger on April 22, 2013
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How to Deliver the Perfect TED Talk is packed with practical ideas for delivering ANY presentation well! I will use it and plan to recommend it to all my students!
Cathy Bolger,
Corporate Trainer
Presentation Skills Instructor, San Diego
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paolo@KeynoteKarma on May 21, 2013
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Akash's book is a good mesh-up of guidelines, tips and tricks and examples on public speaking in general, not just for a TED Talk. Actually, I was expecting a sharper focus on the TED format subtleties (i.e. the TED commandments, how to handle the space on a stage of the kind you see in most TED conferences, how to prepare the speech for a present and a virtual audience simultaneously, etc.): these aspects are rather lacking. Nevertheless, although I was familiar with most of the core principles having read Heath brothers' "Made to Stick" - from which Akash admittedly draws a lot - I learned some useful new concepts I will try out in my next presentations.
All in all it makes a quick and easy rough guide to venture in public speaking, condensing the essential from different sources and from the author's own experience. I especially liked the very clear structure of each chapter (intro-body-summary) that allows a speedy retrieval of the relevant bits when needed, which makes it a good companion to bring with you while you move your first steps in the public speaking arena.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Marcy L. Halpin on January 28, 2014
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I purchased this book in hopes of enhancing the content of my "advanced public speaking" class, given the popularity of the TED talks. Upon receipt, I can't believe I wasted my money.

The content is not only lacking but also poorly written and edited. The book rattles off random statistics without any regard to crediting the appropriate sources and frequently makes unsupported claims. This is a plainly irresponsible, poor practice--especially for an author who claims to be such an accomplished speaker -- rule #1 from any speech teacher is to cite your sources so to enhance the credibility of your claims.

In addition, the book falls prey to "soundbite" syndrome -- The book tries too hard to boil down the content into bullet points shortly written -- to some extent, I suppose it succeeds in this regard -- unfortunately at the expense of any depth of understanding, coherence, or sense of organization. The use of bullet points, ironically, often leads to the author's use of long lists, which is usually considered a poor organizational strategy for writing and/or public speaking. Add to this ...the fact that book switches back and forth between bullets and numbered and UN-numbered lists, making the content sometimes difficult to follow.

Organization is certainly not the strong-suit of this book/author.

The table of contents is completely useless. If one is looking for chapter 2, "how to find your core message," he or she will fail to find it (neither on page 11 as the table of contents indicates, nor in the book, period). If one turns to the book's chapter 2, he/she finds "creating a repeatable power phrase" instead, which, incidentally is listed as chapter 3 in the table of contents.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By richard lawton on April 24, 2013
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I was thinking about writing a book on presentation skills but it looks Like Akash has beaten me too it. I've read a lot of other people's stuff on this topic but gotta say, he's really honed it down to something succinct and readable,
and obviously the next step in smart presentation is to work with someone who can coach you in these skills.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Davis, the Speaking MD on April 9, 2013
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Why can some speakers grab the attention of an audience and keep them spellbound throughout their entire presentation, but most fall flat on their faces and are quickly forgotten?

Akash Karia answers this, and many more questions in his terrific new book, How to Deliver the Perfect TED Talk. Akash has captured the best ideas, tools, and processes used by some of the best speakers and presenters in the world. He has distilled them in to a step-by-step, easy-to-read guide that will help you discover, develop, and deliver presentations which help you stand out from the crowd.

Actually, the title is slightly misleading in one sense - these ideas aren't limited to TED Talks. They can be used for any type of presentation, whether a 5-minute talk at a networking event, a 20-minute presentation at a local Rotary or Chamber meeting, or a one-hour keynote speech.

Although there are dozens of ideas you can immediately implement into your speech, three that jump out right away are:

1) Creating an Attention-Grabbing Opening - use these ideas to quickly pull the audience into your speech and make them want to hear more
2) Using Statistics to Grab Attention - avoid mistakes most speakers make when they use numbers to bore their audiences
3) Offer the Audience Something New - this chapter alone is worth the price of the book, as Akash challenges you to provide your audience with a new point of view or approach to your subject. Audiences desperately want this today.

Whether you are a new speaker learning the art of speaking, or a veteran looking for a new perspective, How to Deliver the Perfect TED Talk is a wise investment that can help take your speaking to a higher level.

Michael Davis, Speaking CPR
Certified World Class Speaking Coach
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