How to Deliver a TED Talk is a complete guide for creating presentations that inspire others through your story. Based on intensive study of the most popular TED Talks, this step-by-step playbook shows you how to select your topic, craft your narrative, master your delivery, and refine your design.
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This is a short useful guide on how to improve your presentation skills. If you've seen TED Talks, you'll know that many of the TED speakers have given inspiring and memorable presentations. This book highlights key actions to take to elevate your presentations (although it would take a lot of practice and repeated listening of this audio book to get to the level of a TED Talk). I would recommend watching some or all the TED Talks mentioned in the book, including clicking "Show Transcript" so you can see how long is the presenter's story. I would also recommend taking notes as you watch (e.g., what was your impression based on the titles, did the speakers draw you in from the beginning, did the speakers share details making them personable, were slides used, how did the speakers stand/move/gesture, were the talks entertaining and funny, were they speaking as experts or from personal experiences, were the talks different from your initial impressions, did the speakers state their message during the talk and again at the end, and did the talks inspire you to take action or think differently). These are the TED Talks mentioned in the book (in order of most viewed):
Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity
Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action
Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight
Steve Jobs: How to live before you die
Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability
Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of Sixth Sense technology
David Gallo: Underwater astonishments
Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation
Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius
Arthur Benjamin: A performance of "Mathemagic"
Richard St. John: 8 secrets of success
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story
Mary Roach: 10 things you didn't know about orgasm
Jamie Oliver: Teach every child about food
Helen Fisher: Why we love, why we cheat
Malcolm Gladwell: Choice, happiness and spaghetti sauce
Deb Roy: The birth of a word
Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work
Seth Godin: How to get your ideas to spread
Bill Gates: Innovating to zero!
Hans Rosling: Global population growth, box by box
Regina Dugan: From mach-20 glider to humming bird drone
Jake Shimabukuro: "Bohemian Rhapsody"
It's clear Donovan did his research and understands the nature of TED Talks, not simply public speaking.
The author, having reviewed hundreds of TED talks, illustrates his points by directing the listener to specific examples.
If you aspire to perform a TED or TEDx talk, this, of all the books I've read [there have been many] is the best in leading the way to the TED or TEDx stage. This book alone, is an idea worth spreading.
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I am an experienced presenter and speaker, it's part of my job and I actually enjoy it. I was afraid this book would be very basic for me, and yet, I learned a lot.
Not to say novice will not find value - it is not an "advanced presentations" book. The author does not provide a compete "how to give a presentation" but instead provides very actionable advice on how to improve your presentation skills.
I recommend it to anyone in sales, marketing - or anyone interested in doing a better job in front of an audience
Yes, there was a lot of great information that I defintely won't remember so a re-listen is definitely on the agenda.
I loved how he had researched the most popular talks and then broke them down into principles that all of us can use in our lives as business/church/community leaders. I would recommned the read to anyone who may find themselves giving a presenation from scratch. I know I will definitely use the principles in this book.
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