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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.
38 of 39 people found this review helpful
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"
25 of 28 people found this review helpful
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.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about Talk Like TED?
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.
What was most disappointing about Carmine Gallo’s story?
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.
Any additional comments?
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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This book was the highlight of my hear in reading. Having previously presented and doubting my skills, I have worked on the practice of delivering shorter story based presentations without by verbose and often protracted slides. It has made a difference in my confidence and my presentations.