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How To Deliver A TED Talk: Secrets Of The World's Most Inspiring Presentations

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"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 TEDTalks, this step-by-step playbook shows you how to select your topic, craft your narrative, master your delivery, and refine your design. ...more
Paperback, 107 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Createspace
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Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
TED is, as they explain it, "a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading." Originally created to explore ideas in Technology, Entertainment, and Design (hence the TED), the organization hosts two main conferences each year that bring together a large number of idea-makers and wonderful speakers. This text explains the TED format in terms that any speaker can use to improve their presentations. The text is an easy, quick read with tons of public speaking tips, tricks, and hints. The basics are c ...more
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After randomly spotting this on Amazon, I purchased this for my Kindle, hoping to learn some techniques useful in launching the leadership and networking sections of our new Becoming a Pharmacist course.

At just over 100 pages and using 14 short chapters, the book is a quick read. I made liberal use of the highlighting function in Kindle. The book was a good balance of new information specific to TED Talks and reminders on presenting in general. The author says that he's studied the top TED Talks
Francisco Ramires
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Simple book, with simple methods and techniques to use. Good to remind yourself how to tailor a pitch for a particular audience.
Not an easy read if you have already gone through other communication books, as it only presents straightforward concepts.
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not bad, but just an article would have been more than sufficient.
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thanks Jeremey Donovan!! After reading your book, my high school Humanities students gave a TEDx Talk in our Texas Hill Country community on "What Does It Means to be Human?" During our planning, I referred many times to your cogent advice on delivery, design, and prepping for the stage. Each student's presentation was creatively different and spoke volumes about their research, passions, and individual life journeys. For many it was their first opportunity to speak on a stage; for others, it wa ...more
Tara Brabazon
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Yawn. If Chris Anderson and Malcolm Gladwell had a child, then the resultant offspring would be Jeremey Donovan.

Self evident ideas are expressed in this book, with intensity. There is very little we learn about the genre of TED talks, except the value of emotion and the importance of wearing a jacket.

Dear me. Banality and passion create an uncomfortable mash potato of ideas...
Navaneethakrishnan Gopalakrishnan
This book gives awesome tips and ideas on how to deliver a TED talk. There are several people who are speakers on some way or the other, whereas not that everyone are successful. The primary reason is anyone who has a worthy idea spreading should not only stop there, but needs to know how these worthy ideas can be delivered to the audience in an inspiring way. By this, it doesn't mean how the speaker inspires the audience whereas how the content what he tries to deliver reaches and inspires them ...more
Nov 25, 2012 rated it liked it
I am fascinated with TED. While it is not a specific goal to actually deliver a speech there, I certainly would not mind doing so. :) I've stumbled across this title several times in the last month or two. Today I wanted to read, but nothing to weighty. This fit the bill.

The summary is that this is a 112-page (I read the Kindle version) script for Toastmasters!

Early on I had good vibes as some of the things Donovan described are exactly like what we learn in Toastmasters. Then he began breaking
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, nonfiction
I didn't discover TED Talks until recently, but I really enjoy them. They're the best of the classes, motivational speeches and ideas that I've seen - they take me back to a motivational speech on leadership I enjoyed in high school and an education conference I attended that had a fantastic science presention, so really they're just a lot of fun.

Even though I'll never have a reason to deliver a talk myself, I was looking for something to read and this book grabbed my attention.

I actually enjoy
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
As far as titles go, this one caught my attention immediately: How to Deliver a TED Talk: Secrets of The World’s Most Inspiring Presentations. The fact is, I have on multiple occasions been inspired by watching TED talks online. I have been impressed at the way the presenters are able to eloquently bring the audience into their story and care deeply about whatever the topic is that they are covering. I decided to read this book not because I hold any desire to ever present a TED talk, but becaus ...more
Inna Kostyshyn
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very short, but rather practical guidance into the world of powerful presentations. The book is useful not only for those who deliver the presentations, but as well for those who organize professional events and conferences, where you need to introduce speakers from the stage.
Being a member of Toastmasters I was familiar with many tips and i should say that it won't help you to improve your presentational skills, but i'm sure that the book will be helpful in writing the content of presentations
Anthony Tenaglier
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-improvement
Being the analytical engineer that I was trained to be in college, this book resonates perfectly me as I recognize that speaking is as much more of an art than it is just spitting out facts and logic. However, as the author suggests, an outline is key and universal to every great TED Talk. Using the body metaphor to describe a speech, the "spine" is the idea worth spreading, the "ribs" are the premises, and the "flesh" are the proofs. The structured layering of both premises and proofs in speaki ...more
Cullen Haynes
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The number one fear in the world is not of the supernatural, involve clowns in sewers or cameos from creepy dolls. For some, this fear, is one worse than death - I'm talking of course, about Public Speaking... Most of us can remember our first ever speech; mine was in Year 7 on 'Space' and even to this day I can remember the sleepless night before and feel chills as I stepped up to speak. Needless to say, we all survived, and were better for it. Donovan's book is a practical guide and lays out w ...more
Thomas Umstattd Jr.
Dec 06, 2012 rated it liked it
I don't think the author has presented at TED, but the book has lots of examples from TED talks. The information is good although basic. If you have a big speech coming up and need a short book to point you in the right direction this book would be prefect. If you are an experienced speaker looking for advice from the masters, you will not find much in this book you do not already know. ...more
Becki Iverson
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book didn't have a lot to say about presenting that wasn't already intuitive or easy to glean if you're already a Ted talk fan. It is also not endorsed by Ted; I think it would have greatly benefitted from some insider knowledge. It was an easy read and not bad ideas, just kind of boring. ...more
Aug 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Good advice for those actively giving presentations. Literally a 90-minute read at most.
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Stephanie Thoma
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great no-nonsense book that drives a point home I appreciate: Don’t give a talk to boost your career or biz, be living your life with such purpose and passion that you’re invited to speak, or if not, you’d be too busy and happy to notice.

Other takeaways:
- people most likely to speak: business guru, explorer, social entrepreneur, personal guru, activist, authority
- topics that connect: need for belonging, self interest, self-actualization, hope for future
- only talk about things you ca
Ozan Baytak
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just finished to read. If you would like to learn little but crucial tips about how to deliver a successful presentation, not only intended for TED stage but generally, go ahead and start reading. First it gives thoroughly advice of how should you select your theme, main point. According to the writer, you are an eligible candidate of speaker if you have an idea worth spreading as TED suggests, you don't need to be an naturally gifted communicator. If you really have something to say genuinely, ...more
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After my last presentation, I knew something had to change. My gut feeling told me that my presentation was gray and not one to be remembered.
When you are invited to give a presentation, it is usually because somebody thought you have what it takes to share knowledge or experience.
But this is not an easy task, and usually brings many hours of research, work, practice and stress; yes stress.
People don't usually see the amount of hours required to prepare a presentation.
This book will provide th
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it
The content of the book is quite different from what i expect when buying it :) It is more appropriate in the western culture, where delivering speech is quite popular. In Vietnam, there is an increasing trend of western approach, but for me, it is not common. What I've learnt from this book is some tips of building content, as well as the way of utilizing voice and gesture to have a inspiring presentation. Besides, there are some famous TED talks being mentioned as examples that urges me to sea ...more
Jade Geleynse
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So much information is packed between 212 pages and I kid you not I used exactly half as many sticky notes as I made my way from cover to cover. Jeremey's tone is ever present and his many messages are crystal clear. This book brings insight and awareness to anyone who has ever/will ever address a group of people through presentation - and most of it can be directly applied to everyday conversation! ...more
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was asked to give a TEDx talk recently and found this to be a really helpful guide to putting the content of the talk together and practicing the delivery. I'd recommend it to anyone else who has to give a TED talk and doesn’t have much experience with public speaking. ...more
Sultan Sabr
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-reads
Everything you need to give a great talk in one book

I love this book because it gives it all on how to deliver an impacting, strong, and confident speach, while relates to specific TED talks so you can see these techniques in action.
Joshua Zhou
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
So far as TED Talks are concerned, this is a perfect guide book. But beware of what is much more important behind all the tricks: something that you love and want to deliver.

Rene Cizio
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Some good basic speech advice - really a guide for those about to give a major speech ala Ted Talk
Ryan Coons
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: critical
One of the best primers on writing and public speaking I've ever come across. I wish I had this when I was younger. ...more
Tauseef Muhammad
Good structural way to prepare for TEd

I was hoping to learn more about speaking in general rather TED platform. Book is good but solidly aligned with TED specific examples.
Dan The Creator
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Some good tips. But most of the content is boring...
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