• Talk Like TED

  • The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds
  • By: Carmine Gallo
  • Narrated by: Carmine Gallo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-04-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (1,998 ratings)

Regular price: $20.99

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Publisher's Summary

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
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5 out of 5 stars
By Carol Crouse on 03-05-14

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.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Monica on 03-13-14

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.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Coulson on 11-06-15


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.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Mr. L. Mallett on 07-07-15

Quite annoying

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ria Wood on 11-23-17

A really easy and great book to understand better

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.

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