- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press (March 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250041120
- ISBN-13: 978-1250041128
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.5 inches
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Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds Hardcover – March 4, 2014
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TED Talks have earned an enviable reputation for public speaking that likely only increases the jitters for most people called on to make presentations. But after analyzing 500 presentations, Gallo, author of The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs (2009), identifies the common elements that make TED Talks so successful. He offers nine secrets, including mastering the art of storytelling, being passionate about the subject matter, speaking conversationally, using humor, delivering “jaw-dropping moments,” and keeping presentations to 18 minutes. Gallo divides the lessons into three parts, focusing on the emotional, novel, and memorable. Drawing on research by psychologists and communication experts, Gallo provides detailed analysis of TED Talks. The book is most fascinating, however, when Gallo recalls interviews with some of the most successful TED speakers, offering recollections of their processes in preparing for the talk. Gallo’s references to particular TED speakers are sure to send readers to the TED website to check on the talks themselves. This is sound advice and encouragement for those who need to make presentations and an enjoyable resource for fans of TED Talks. --Vanessa Bush
“Talk Like TED is a smart, practical book that will teach you how to give a kick-butt presentation. But Gallo goes deeper than mere instruction. This book is ultimately about discovering what moves you and then creating the means of moving others with your vision.” ―Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of To Sell Is Human and Drive
“Lively and appealing… the book draws on current brain science to explain what wins over, and fires up, an audience--and what doesn't.” ―Fortune
“I found [Gallo's] book compelling and educational, and I'm now ready to shorten and reformat my speeches.” ―INC
“His advice goes far beyond the usual ‘think positive and show enthusiasm' generalities, focusing instead on specific tweaks and tactics to elevate the caliber of a presentation and explaining the science behind the secret… Gallo's book is crammed with valuable insights as well as practical do's and don'ts. Read it and you, too, can stand and deliver a compelling, convincing and memorable talk, speech or presentation.” ―SUCCESS
“Communications guru Gallo (The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs) draws on the power of these [TED Talks] to reveal the secrets of effective public speaking… The result is a dynamic work focused on storytelling, filled with examples from TED Talks, including those given by notables like Bill Gates… The book is sure to be a hit with anyone who wants to be more a successful communicator.” ―Publishers Weekly (Pick of the Week, Starred Review)
“The premise of this book, that TED talks provide great examples and lessons, is a magnificent insight. Then Carmine's execution of this premise is even better. This book will make you a much better speaker.” ―Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist of Apple and author of APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur
“Fascinating... This is sound advice and encouragement for those who need to make presentations and an enjoyable resource for fans of TED Talks.” ―Booklist
“This book offers anyone trying to get better at spoken communications a comprehensive description of the elements that make for greatness. It is deeply researched and draws on some of the best examples of current public speaking.” ―Management Today
“Read this book to understand the secrets to delivering presentations that sell yourself and your cause by adopting techniques from some of the most notable speakers on the planet.” ―Dan Schawbel, New York Times Bestselling author of Promote Yourself and Me 2.0
“Inspire, motivate and persuade any audience! That's what Carmine Gallo helped me do and now he can help you, too, in Talk Like TED. our success depends on your ability to pitch and present your vision, ideas, and proposals. Learn to deliver like a pro.” ―Darren Hardy, publisher and founding editor of SUCCESS magazine
“In this book, Gallo performs magic: he shows us exactly what makes the world's greatest talks so great. Through story, detail, insight, and passion, Gallo gives us secrets we can apply to our own presentations so that people actually want to hear us talk.” ―Dan Roam, author of The Back of the Napkin and Show and Tell
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Yawn. Passion gets boring after a while, when you keep having your face rubbed in it.
I was more than a bit disappointed that the one fully-controllable, massively important factor in presentation success was hidden.
You don't get on the TED stage without delivering the talk A LOT. At least 100 times, is what I've seen elsewhere. When I look at the TOC, there is no mention of "practice." It turns out that the topic of practice is presented, but under the heading, "have a conversation." Huh? The chapter goes on to talk about practice, but why hide this dirty necessity under a different label?
Practice is NOT conversation. I can follow the train of thought; that one should be able to deliver the material as easily as a conversation flows. But I disagree. Conversations can ramble, go off track, contain sidebars. Good presentations don't.
Most "bad" presentations could be markedly improved with a little bit of practice and feedback. Five times, out of your mouth, out loud, to the cat the first three times if you're shy. Good-enough public speakers know this; newbies think that just looking at the material is enough.
The more important the presentation, the more practice, rather than any other variable, will improve the delivery and reception. It's strange to me that this element of presentation success was not labelled as such. Maybe it looks too much like hard work?
This isn't a basic how-to for novice speakers, but it doesn't claim to be. For comprehensive coverage of the nuts and bolts basics, consider Carnegie's timeless classic, The Art of Public Speaking (its copyright is expired, and so can be found online for free), or for more concise coverage of the same, consider my The Best Public Speaking Book: How to Conquer Nervousness, Polish Your Authentic Stage Self, Develop & Deliver Dynamite Presentations. (When I revise The Best Public Speaking Book, Gallo will be cited for sure!)
Thanks for the excellent book, Gallo! You and Brian Tracy have helped take my public speaking game to the next level, and Talk Like Ted is a resource I anticipate revisiting many times.
As I said, it's a decent book, but Chris Anderson's on the same topic is far better.
This was an excellent book. I recommended it five times before I got to the halfway point. Very intriguing take on communication. The book also gives you an idea of what Ted talks you must see.