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Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  9,140 ratings  ·  976 reviews
Ideas are the currency of the twenty-first 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 bestselling author C ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 28th 2014)
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Dec 06, 2013 rated it liked it
It was very difficult to rate this book. The advice in it is all good; it's just not by any means secret. The 9 points, in fact, are pretty obvious and to be found in most decent books on public speaking. Be passionate, tell stories, have a conversation with the audience, say something surprising, be funny, use sensory details, stick to what you know and get it all done in 18 minutes. Any real secrets there? What makes the book worth reading are the TED stories and examples. Gallo is a good writ ...more
da AL
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even if you don't think you'll ever need to speak persuasively or make a presentation (though doesn't everyone need to at some point?), this book is still fun for how it presents a sort of 'best of Ted Talks' while giving a great dissection of what makes them great.
Dec 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to David by: James
Shelves: self-help, audiobook
If you have never heard of "TED Talks", then immediately go over to the TED web site and listen to some of the best short talks you've ever heard. If you are familiar with TED talks, then you already know how fantastic they are, covering a wide range of topics dealing with new, important ideas.

This book is an excellent guide to public speaking. Carmine Gallo analyzes some of the most popular TED talks. He describes how to make your own presentations/speeches/sales pitches as engaging as possible
Ken Rideout
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Here's the highlights (I confess for scanning through the backstories and anecdotes to extract these)
Great presentations are Emotional, Novel, and Memorable:

1. Dig deep to identify your unique and meaningful connection to your topic
2. Tell stories to reach people's hearts and minds
3. Practice relentlessly and internalize your content so that you can deliver the presentation as comfortably as having a conversation with a close friend

4.Reveal information that's completely new to your audience, pac
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am flying out this week to give a major presentation, and I'm nervous. I know that I'm a very successful speaker in some settings but this will be short and sans visuals. I will be seated. My work will be recorded. In general, this presentation does not play to my strengths.

I ran into a copy of Carmine Gallo's (2014) Talk like TED at the right time – but initially didn't think so. Its introduction felt slick and empty. I thought this was going to be another vacuous book more focused on selling
Vaiibhav Nigam
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Somehow i had a high expectation from this book and it was completely ruined. I was simply turning the pages so i could find something insightful and was disappointed again and again.
First of all the book should not be named as "TALK LIKE TED" rather it should be re-named as "WHAT TED SPEAKERS SPEAK". It says that great TED speakers have excellent body language, tone, etc etc without thoughts and words on how to improve it. It more feels like a "guide book" for TED talks than anything else.My H
Jan 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
Didn't finish. Reads like an annoying person's sales pitch.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
I liked it, it was practical, and enjoyable to read, and gave you room to think about the things it suggested as opposed to just reading them.

Having just finished it, I might not be able to state the 9 points off by heart, but I'm pretty sure I'll remember to use them the next time I'm preparing a presentation.
Heidi The Reader
My husband is a world class debater and former forensic coach. I listened to this audio book to try to understand some of the methods that he seems to just intuitively know in order to improve my own public speaking skills. He heard some of the chapters and seemed to think that all of it was fairly obvious and well known information. I found a lot of it useful, but I have literally no background in public speaking. So, the moral of today's story is: if you already know how to do a great presenta ...more
Duhart Vader
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so well written that even the summaries of the presentations the author talks about are more impressive than the TED talks themselves. Totally worth reading.
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a MUST read for any Speech teacher. It reinforced some things that I know to be true, and challenged me to take my expertise one step further. The best thing is that it inspired me to demand more from my college students. I have been using it through most of the semester, but finally finished all the chapters this morning. Yes, giving a speech is demanding, it is hard work, it is challenging, it is invigorating when you are successful, it can be terrifying, but if you do the work, y ...more
April Sarah
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
While none of the ideas in this book are ground shaking or earth shattering, the way they are presented really hits home. It is one of those reads that at some point I will come back to just to refresh myself with the ideas.
W. Whalin
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I heard the audio version of this book cover to cover. The storytelling in this book is excellent. The detailed examples will help anyone who speaks in public. I enjoyed the writing in this book and recommend it.
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Quick & easy read. Excerpts from some of the best rated & most viewed Ted talks with pointers on how to keep an audience engaged and remember your talk.
Tomas Ramanauskas
Oct 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
Captain Obvious. You've read it before even if you didn't read that much about presentations.
Kaixi Luo
Dec 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Couldn't get past the first chapter. I kept looking for some insights but all I got were buzzwords, some BS about passion and disjointed and out of context quotes from great speakers. Do not recommend.
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-improvement
Agree with all the tips and tricks presented in this book. Motivated me to craft my presentations.
May 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Basically: be passionate about your subject, open and interesting. The 250 pages could have been condensed to 50, max.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
I found it a little bit tedious and repetitive. The book doesn't discover anything new, it just limits itself to describe famous TEDtalks while pointing out some facts and concepts. It would have been more instructive and interesting to watch those talks directly, and save myself some time.
The Science behind the most popular TED talks!

I'd personally recommend this one because it took me a step ahead from where I was and what I I'd felt about public speaking!
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
longer it needed to be, weaving lots of fluff around the concrete tips - but there's quite a nice tie in with TED talks where you can watch the talk and see how they break down specific techniques.
Sarah Richards
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Even if you’re not a public speaker, you will love this book (especially if you’re a writer), because it will point you to some really great TED talks. (TED stands for technology, education, and design.) Even though I don’t plan on public speaking any time before I graduate from college (too many irons in the fire), one thing Mr. Gallo said resonated with me, and that was that PowerPoint sucks. I wish my online instructors would use the TED template for teaching some of their material so I would ...more
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was curious when choosing this book to see what it was about and how it might help me. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved it. The author discusses several successful TED talks and what makes them successful. I definitely learned some practices that I will try and use in the future.
Jeremy Morgan
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: presentations
Classic Gallo, a lot of overlap with the Steve Jobs book, but still excellent and worth every minute. Great for anyone wanting to do presentations of any type.
Robert Durgin
May 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
What a rip-off! I was looking to talk like Ted Danson, but now I’m talking like Ted Nugent! I’ve alienated all of my friends and co-workers because I can’t stop informing them that I’ve come down with cat-scratch fever!
Eric Montag
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have recently begun thinking more about improving my public speaking and presenting abilities, so I selected this book. The author uses a lot of examples from TED talk presenters to illustrate his 9 secrets, and that made the book very engaging. I will say that the focus of the book is mainly on creating and delivering a presentation that people will want to listen to, rather than dealing with the fear of public speaking. The author doesn't offer any advice like, "picture everyone in the audie ...more
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
How do those speakers get those TED talk so perfect? Well, Gallo lets you in on the TED talk rules: keep talks shorter than 18 minutes, don't name your talk with a title longer than 140 characters (yep, twitter rules), most of all tell a story. Overall, these are helpful hints and reminders for giving talks so people will listen.
I listened to the audio version of this book (doesn't that seem natural?) and the only compliant I had with the audio book was whenever the author/reader gave an exampl
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
An easy fun read. More than anything it will make you want to sit on the couch and binge on a TED Talk marathon. Good read for any communicator.
Sundarraj Kaushik
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice book for individuals who want to make a powerful presentation.

It is repeated mentioned in the book that it is important to stick to 18 minutes for the presentation to be relevant to the audience. Anything more than that will be useless.

The key suggestions are
Bring in your inner emotion (it needs to be genuine not fake)
1. Unleash the master within - Bring out your complete knowledge of the topic in the 18 minutes. Squeeze and Condense the material till only the essence goes to the audience
Preston Smith
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“TED is where brilliant people go to hear brilliant people share their ideas" said Oprah Winfrey. Not only that, it is also the place where author, Carmine Gallo, discovered the 9 public speaking secrets used by some of the most brilliant presenters in TED’s history including: Amy Cuddy, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Bryan Stevenson. Each of whom has had his/her eighteen-minute presentation viewed over 2.5 million times. Since I had never seen a TED before, I watched all of the above as an indoctri ...more
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Carmine Gallo is an American author, columnist, keynote speaker, and former journalist and news anchor. Now currently based in Pleasanton, California, he is President of Gallo Communications Group and works as a communications coach and speaker
“Science shows that passion is contagious, literally. You cannot inspire others unless you are inspired yourself. You stand a much greater chance of persuading and inspiring your listeners if you express an enthusiastic, passionate, and meaningful connection to your topic.” 12 likes
“Passion is the thing that will help you create the highest expression of your talent. —LARRY SMITH, TEDx, NOVEMBER 2011” 5 likes
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