Ideas are the currency of the 21st century. In order to succeed, you need to be able to sell your ideas persuasively. This ability is the single greatest skill that will help you accomplish your dreams.
Many people have a fear of public speaking or are insecure about their ability to give a successful presentation. Now public speaking coach and best-selling author Carmine Gallo explores what makes a great presentation by examining the widely acclaimed TED Talks, which have redefined the elements of a successful presentation and become the gold standard for public speaking. TED - which stands for technology, entertainment, and design - brings together the world's leading thinkers. These are the presentations that set the world on fire, and the techniques that top TED speakers use will make any presentation more dynamic, fire up any team, and give anyone the confidence to overcome their fear of public speaking.
In his audiobook, Carmine Gallo has broken down hundreds of TED talks and interviewed the most popular TED presenters, as well as the top researchers in the fields of psychology, communications, and neuroscience to reveal the nine secrets of all successful TED presentations. Gallo's step-by-step method makes it possible for anyone to deliver a presentation that is engaging, persuasive, and memorable.
Carmine Gallo's Top 10 Wall Street Journal best seller Talk Like TED will give anyone who is insecure about their public speaking abilities the tools to communicate the ideas that matter most to them, the skill to win over hearts and minds, and the confidence to deliver the talk of their lives.
The opinions expressed by Carmine Gallo in Talk Like TED are his own. His audiobook is not endorsed, sponsored or authorized by TED Conferences, LLC, or its affiliates.
This program is read by the author.
©2014 Carmine Gallo (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
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.
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"
Better off TED
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.
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
If it was 5 minutes long
Repetitive dribble , that is found at any sales performance
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.
depends on the topic
depends on the topic
I'd check the reviews
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?
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.
I strongly recommend this book as a resource to propel your presentation skills to the next level. The narration style is very fluid and effective.
What makes your heart sing? Be yourself and fake it till you become it. Stories will make your talk the most memorable, personal stories. Developing a Ted Talk is a lot of practice(200 hrs), rewriting, and storytelling. 18 minutes and tell a good story. Most successful TED talks are about 60% story, and the other % are facts, figures, and logic. This was a good read. Carmine knows his stuff and will definitely help you to become a better public speaker.
I didn't like it. Very American, full of stretched examples, I turned it off after a couple of hours. I've tried to go back, but I can't. Not for me but I was looking for a practical guide.
I didn't gel with this audiobook at all. I felt it was pretty pretentious, self-promotional, and could have easily been a book-length advert for TED. I even cringed at a few of the more sycophantic moments. The only upside to the book, was the overall the advice given was pretty good. Fairly standard advice, but still good. You won't go wrong listening to the advice, if only you can stand to listen to it.
There was no real story within the book, just a collection of abstracts from others' stories, which would be ok, but it was delivered without any significant synthesis or insight.
I wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't get over what I could only describe as a personality clash with the author/narrator. I just didn't enjoy the delivery or the tone of the book.
"Terrible overblown nonsense"
I give a lot of talks and am interested to find ways of making them better. I bought this after it was recommended in an article by someone who gives a lot of talks in my field.
What a disappointment! Lots of words signifying absolutely nothing to quote Tom Lehrer. Empty. Vacuous and circular self aggrandising twaddle. TED - short for TEDious?
Wonderful, thought-provoking book that is a must read for anyone even remotely interested in public speaking of any kind. Brilliant book I will no doubt be dipping back into again. Highly recommend.
"Content OK, but impossible to listen to: hissing S"
The content of the audiobook seems interesting enough, but the extremely hissing, sibilant S the author/reader emits when he speaks in his heavy American accent are painful to my ears. I honestly am struggling to want o continue listening to it, the discomfort overpower the interest and curiosity for the book. And no, It's not a matter of earphones, as I've never had this problem before having listened to several audiobooks using the same devices.
A really refreshing and insightful way of making presentations work for you. Thank you for the eye opening book
"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.
"very very good"
this is a coherent book, well spoken, with a great underlying message. I recommend you try it!
I would. This book was so informative and sounded like a wonderful TED Talk. Really very good. Carmine teaches how to prepare for giving a presentation, but also talks about some of the great TED Talks.
I have not listened to a non-fiction book that has been as well narrated as this. I loved it!
Wonderfully narrated. This was gripping.
i realised how important personal stories are in presentations. To be honest, there were so many lessons in this book, that I will listen to it again and have already widely recommended it.
"Best audio book I've ever listened to"
I can't recommend this book highly enough. It is beautiful read in a very clear and engaging manner. The context structure and flow of the book is flawless. A must read for anyone in business
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