- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (March 10, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250061539
- ISBN-13: 978-1250061539
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (370 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 --This text refers to the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.
“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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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.
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.
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.