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Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds Paperback – March 10, 2015
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“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 his book compelling and educational, and I'm now ready to shorten and reformat my speeches.” ―INC
“A dynamic work focused on storytelling, filled with examples from TED Talks… 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)
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If you're interested in the context around some of the more popular TED talks, then this book really shines. It is well written; it's just that the content and title are incongruent.
Using a host of TED Talks, Carmine Gallo offers a powerful argument for how to deliver public presentations. Having taught speech for over 20 years and being a former speechwriter, I can highly recommend this book. Gallo suggests speaking with emotion and passion; telling compelling, relevant stories; having a conversation with the audience; teaching something new; inserting show-stopping elements; using situational and personal humor; and, delivering information in short 10-minute segments punctuated by soft breaks—stories, pictures, videos.
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This book inspired me and helped me fully prepare for that and many other presentations along the way. A MUST read to anyone who talks to people.
I found it particularly helpful to break down the parts of a talks that I've found brilliant in the past - decipher why it was brilliant and start to hone my own stories. Would fully recommend it to just about anyone who's interested in nailing public speaking.
I have given a great many speeches and I still learned a lot. The only reason I didn't give the book five stars is that at times it felt like it could have made some points a bit quicker- certain sections felt a little repetitive. Other than that, highly recommended.
It is tricky to talk about the book and pass a verdict. The book would be helpful for many across levels. It might be a skimming through the notes if you are a public speaker and already know the nuances of speaking. It may be a guide for someone who has delivered few presentations but wants to deliver an impactful one or someone who is so terrified of speaking that he wants to cover all corners before landing the arena. The book does not provide new approaches or tips and tricks. But I believe that is not the essence of every self-help book. Sometimes the iteration helps us in revisiting the obvious things which we miss while doing something. The book highlights the need to be creative with your script. The persistence and preparation. The power of images, videos, humour over the bullet points. The art of saying in a few words. And how your personality should reflect in your presentation. With the list of suggestions, the book also provides an exhaustive list of TED talks from which you can correlate the art of presentation. Most of the time we hear TED talks understanding the speakers’ point of view but after reading this book, the TED talks will help you in understanding how each of the speakers’ delivered their talks. What are the nuances they followed? How they said it through pictures, humour, fear, videos or practical props. Whether you are going to present on a stage like TED or not, learning the art of communication is something which everyone should learn. So for the love of learning, this book can be a starter guide.
Regret buying the hardcover and not checking the font first.
Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds Is a fine book and a must for all professionals that want to succeed.