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JEREMEY DONOVAN is a TEDx organizer and speaker. He serves as group vice president of marketing at Gartner, Inc., the world's leading information technology research and advisory company with $1.6 billion in annual revenue.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (October 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071831592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071831598
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was recently looking for some shorter length books to read on my Kindle and while browsing options on Amazon, I stumbled across a series of TED e-books. It may be more accurate to describe them as white papers or articles instead of books, since they are all roughly 50-100 pages in length. Since I am a fan of TED and am interested in improving my own presentation skills, I thought I'd start by reading the book `How to Deliver a TED Talk' by Jeremey Donovan.

I was very impressed with the content and format of this book. Although short in length, it is full of helpful presentation advise. The following is a (partial) list of topics covered:

1. Selecting a Topic: Identify a central idea and work backwards to establish an audience focused narrative that includes stories and facts. Connect with the audience by focusing on people's inner needs for belonging, self-interest, self-actualization or hope.

2. Crafting a `Catchphrase': Turn the central idea of the presentation into a memorable phrase that is implanted in the audience's mind. An ideal catchphrase should be short (3-10 words) and action oriented. A catchphrase should be repeated several times during the presentation.

3. Opening a Talk: The first ten or twenty seconds of a speech is the peak of the audience's engagement. Capitalize on this engagement by starting your speech with a compelling opening. Personal stories, shocking/startling statements and powerful questions are all effective ways to open a presentation. As a follow-up to the opening of your presentation, deliver a post-opening that informs the audience of the benefits they will gain from the presentation.

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Are you afraid of public speaking? I was, until I read this book.

You see, I'm a writer. I like to write. I like sitting alone at home in a t-shirt and yoga pants with just my characters for company.

But writers have to sell books, and I hate the marketing part of it. Don't get me wrong: I adore my readers! But I don't want to be the kind of writer who goes on Twitter and shouts, "Buy my book!" I want the readers who want to read my books to read them because they want to read them. And then there's the whole t-shirt and yoga pants thing when it comes to author visits, vlogging, or making YouTube videos. No one wants to see that. And I'm embarrassed about the way I look, because I'm no Anne Hathaway, and I'm embarrassed by the way my voice sounds.

So what do you do in a situation like that? How do you get over your fear of putting yourself out in public?

Well, being a writer, the first thing I did was look to books for the answer. I bought Video Nation by Jefferson Graham, which is a book about creating video for the web. That turned out to be pointless, because its answer for everything is to spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on equipment. A friend recommended Talk Up Your Book by Patricia Fry, and I knew within the first few pages that was the wrong book for me, because it claims that personality sells over 80% of books. Hello, how many bestselling books have you bought from authors you've personally met? Have you met J.K. Rowling? How about James Patterson? Rick Riordan? I didn't think so. And her answer for what you do if you feel self-conscious about your weight is to lose weight. Really? Many anorexics think they're fat. So is that book saying they should lose weight? Kind of bad advice, don't you think?
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This book is an excellent step-by-step guide to creating the perfect TED-style presentation. Whether you are speaking at a TED or TEDx event, need to give a keynote presentation or just want to learn how to be a better presenter overall, this book can help you.

Jeremey has clearly spent countless hours learning from the masters and throughout the book he references some of the best and most-loved TED videos of all time. It was quite fascinating to hear how he analyzes the different speeches to help the reader understand what makes them so great. Furthermore, in all instances, he makes the clear connection back to how you can employ the same tactics and get the same fantastic results in your own speaking.

The author has an personable and concise writing style which makes this book easily readable. He also interjects plenty of personal examples and anecdotes from his years of observing speakers, which helps keep the book moving at a reasonable pace.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone participating in TED auditions, speaking at a TED or TEDx conference, giving a keynote, involved with Toastmasters or just interested in learning more about the rules of speechcraft and observing how some of the greats work.
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I just read through Jeremy's great little book. It was a very fast read - he's engaging and insightful - and well worth it. I've given two TEDx talks and will be giving another this month - so it was great to read this gem. Jeremy must have watched a huge number of these talks because he understands them through and through. I won't watch another one the same way as I hear his observations in my head.

But it's not just about TED talks - this is a great book to read anytime you have a presentation to make - if you have a few minutes to deeply engage and impress your audience, this book is a quick, informative, brilliant guide.
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