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Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds | [Carmine Gallo]

Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds

TED talks have redefined the elements of a successful presentation and become the gold standard for public speaking around the world. TED and associated Tedx conferences are held in more than 130 countries and are being viewed at a rate of 1.5 million times a day. These are presentations that set the world on fire, and the techniques that top TED speakers use are the same ones that will make any presentation more dynamic, fire up any team, and give anyone the confidence to overcome their fear of public speaking.
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Publisher's Summary

TED talks have redefined the elements of a successful presentation and become the gold standard for public speaking around the world. TED and associated Tedx conferences are held in more than 130 countries and are being viewed at a rate of 1.5 million times a day.

These are presentations that set the world on fire, and the techniques that top TED speakers use are the same ones that will make any presentation more dynamic, fire up any team, and give anyone the confidence to overcome their fear of public speaking.

Public speaking coach and best-selling author of The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, Carmine Gallo has broken down the top TED talks and interviewed the most popular TED presenters as well as the top researchers in the fields of psychology and communications to get their cutting-edge insights and to reveal the nine secrets of all successful TED presentations.

From "Unleashing the Master Within" and "Delivering Jaw Dropping Moments" to "Sticking to the 18-minute Rule", Gallo provides a step-by-step method that makes it possible for anyone to create, design, and deliver a TED-style presentation that is engaging, persuasive, and memorable.

Ideas are the true currency of the 21st century, and Gallo gives listeners a way to create presentations around the ideas that matter most to them, presentations that will energize their audiences to spread those ideas, launch new initiatives, and reach their highest goals.

This audiobook is not endorsed, sponsored, or authorized by TED Conferences, LLC or any affiliated entities.

©2014 Carmine Gallo (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    Carol LOWELL, IN, United States 03-05-14
    Carol LOWELL, IN, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Gallo cuts to the chase..."

    I enjoy watching TED talks and enjoy making presentations at work and at my local Toastmaster Club. Any advice I can get to improve my talks is always welcome. This book reflects hours of canalization of the greatest TED talks to reveal the commonalities of those greatest speakers.
    We start out with 3 laws of the “most engaging and persuasive presentations:”
    *Emotional –Touch My Heart
    *Novel- Teach Me something New
    *Memorable- Present Content in Ways I’ll Never Forget

    I first read Gallo’s book 10 Simple Secrets of the World’s Greatest Business Communicators in 2005. That book helped me improve my speaking with such practical and easy to apply tips that everyone noticed my improvement immediately. He had me when he said something I have always agreed with. When I would attend a seminar or training session and a new speaker would begin, I would always begin with a groan: oh no, more dumb jokes. Brain science now knows that we decide within a few seconds if the speaker is credible and if we are going to pay attention to him/her.

    That’s where the TED talks come in. They all start in the middle of the speech! They get right to the most interesting part of their topic and work backwards or sideways! How can you NOT listen!

    So after studying all these great speeches, Gallo comes up with 10 commonalities, aka Secrets, that I can apply immediately. He talks about using my passion for a topic, developing the ability to tell an intriguing story, internalize and rehearse my content paying attention to my vocal delivery, developing a catchy, current title, delivering a jaw-dropping moment, keeping even serious content light so the brain can remember and digest it, the importance of timing, painting a mental picture in the mind of your audience, narrowing your topic and how rehearsing develops authenticity.

    My next presentation will astonish people.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Stef 04-10-14
    Stef 04-10-14
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    "Somewhat disappointing"
    What did you like best about Talk Like TED? What did you like least?

    I like the content, but the delivery is awful, which is ironic given the topic. Also, it is somewhat embarrassing that the author got the acronym TED wrong - it's technology, entertainment, design not "education"


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    D. H. H. 04-25-14
    D. H. H. 04-25-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Wate of your time. Much better books out there."

    This book is over 7 hours of too much fluff, self promotion and endless stories with too little educational value. Get this one instead if you are looking for clear, competent and comprehensive advice: Jeremy Donovan, How to deliver a TED talk

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    j e lukaszewski Bloomington, MN USA 03-18-14
    j e lukaszewski Bloomington, MN USA 03-18-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A lot less than meets the ear"
    Would you try another book from Carmine Gallo and/or Carmine Gallo?

    depends on the topic


    Would you ever listen to anything by Carmine Gallo again?

    depends on the topic


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Carmine Gallo?

    I'd check the reviews


    What character would you cut from Talk Like TED?

    Actually it's what's missing. This audio falls flat because he never uses actual clips from Ted talks . . he constantly tells about others telling stories. Boring . . . he really doesn't have the audio readers voicing skills. Anyway he mentions all these great presentations but we never hear any?


    Any additional comments?

    Too much data, simply undoes everything. Too much data always makes people angry rather than convinced. Just how stupid does he think the listener is? Only two or three useful points, the rest is mindless filler. Doesn't deserve to have Ted on the cover. You guys ever listen to this stuff before you sell it? Ted didn't listen to this stuff either.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Carvalho 03-21-14
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    "Dont waste your time"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If it was 5 minutes long


    What was most disappointing about Carmine Gallo’s story?

    Repetitive dribble , that is found at any sales performance


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carmine Gallo’s performances?

    NO


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Dissapointment


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    cbrave 05-07-14
    cbrave 05-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Must read if you want an audience to pay attention"
    If you could sum up Talk Like TED in three words, what would they be?

    Heart, experience, connect


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Talk Like TED?

    The chapter on connecting with senses. It really showed how visual whether using slides or a mental picture can really take people to a place of action and memory.


    What does Carmine Gallo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He really is all about helping with presentations and does his best to make his voice and those of the "quotes" to seem authentic and memorable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Everyone can speak but few want to work at it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book would probably be better in a video where you could watch the talks rather than refer to them. It was helpful and would have gotten higher stars if the quotes didn't sound so strange from a new but not authentic voice. Also, it seemed a bit redundant in parts.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Aniket Gune 04-15-14
    Aniket Gune 04-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Unlike a TED talk - Unengaging"
    Would you try another book from Carmine Gallo and/or Carmine Gallo?

    No - Not a fan of Carmine's style of narration


    Would you ever listen to anything by Carmine Gallo again?

    Never say never


    What didn’t you like about Carmine Gallo’s performance?

    Mechanical narration without harnessing any emotion, passion. Also repeating the same points without actually highlighting any read TED talks


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Monica APO, Guam 03-13-14
    Monica APO, Guam 03-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Should have taken his own advice"
    What three words best describe Carmine Gallo’s performance?

    Better off TED


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Gallo should have followed his own advice. The content would have been much more entertaining and engaging in a shorter, more TED-like format. A key idea of the book is the importance of TED's 18-minute format and how that drives the creativity and impact of the speaker, as well as the retention abilities of the audience. I could not help but wish for the same concise format as Mr. Gallo went through example after example and story after story to drive home each of his nine bullet points. It should not take more than 18 minutes to explain why you should limit your presentation to 18 minutes. If you are extolling the virtues of brevity, be brief.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Blaine Moore Maine 08-18-14
    Blaine Moore Maine 08-18-14
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    "Excellent Introduction to Public Speaking"
    Any additional comments?

    This book provides a great introduction to public speaking, and the audio version provides a smooth narration from the author interspersed with audio from actual presentations from some of the people he used as examples. There's nothing mind-blowing about the content, but it is a concise and handy guide so especially if you haven't read other books on public speaking this is a great one to start with.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 06-18-14
    Chris 06-18-14
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    "Few insights, mainly a recital of popular TED talk"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book might appeal to people who aren't yet familiar with TED talks. For those who are, the book's lessons will seem surface level and obvious. The author applies stereotypes such as extroversion and charisma as the keys to success.


    Would you recommend Talk Like TED to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. The book doesn't provide much in the way of original content. You'd do better simply to watch the popular TED talks.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Carmine Gallo?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Highly practical and full of insight"

    This is one of the best books on Public Speaking I've ever read. It inspired me on many levels and provided me with valuable insight. I already possessed public speaking training and experience, and after listening to this book, was able to deliver a great speech at a top university.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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