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

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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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Daniel Do you mean legally or illegally? Legal methods include ordering the ebook from any online book retailer such as the one named after the world's…moreDo you mean legally or illegally? Legal methods include ordering the ebook from any online book retailer such as the one named after the world's largest river. Some libraries let you check out ebooks for free - check with your local public library. I won't describe any illegal methods, not that I would know of any.(less)
Nina Perez-Reed When you go on Youtube, search for the individual whose TED talk you want to see. I have enjoyed so many of them.

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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
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
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
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.
Jackie Harris
Jan 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
Didn't finish. Reads like an annoying person's sales pitch.
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.
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.
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.
Heidi The Hippie 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sarah Lea Stories
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
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
Apr 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Key takeaway:
Easiest way for adding pathos is storytelling (of yourself, a friend, or successful companies). Speak not too fast but not too slow (190 words per minute). To make your presentation surprising and unforgettable, five your audience new information. Adding humor (don’t aim for big laugh but rather a chuckle or a smile) to your speech makes your audience see you in a more positive light. Presentations should cover no more than three aspects in 15-20 minutes
Karla Covarrubias
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Es un libro que pudo dar mucho más pero se quedó muy corto al ser reiterativo y no pasar a lo profundo. Si bien tiene 2-3 tips rescatables, en general se vuelve una lectura tediosa y hasta cansada.

Lástima, tantos buenos tips que se pudieron sacar de las famosas pláticas TED.
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: on-my-own
I liked this book. I thought it had some dear and helpful advice. it will help me with my presentation at work next week.
Kit Pang
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carmine Gallo is one of my favorite public speaking coaches. This book serves as a good reminder for the time-tested principals that all great public speaker posseses (ex: be passionate, tell stories, be yourself) The author provides concrete examples and takeaways from the most popular TEDx talks.
Lesley Looper
I picked up a number of public speaking and presentation tips from this book, and enjoyed reading some stories behind a number of TED talks. I'd recommend this book to anyone who want to be a better speaker.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An exceptional self help book with clear steps and examples of how to craft a speech and find the courage to command a stage or meeting.
Malcolm Everett
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This is a book of no-brainer advice about public speaking. However, what differentiates it from your average self-help guide is how it is framed around the TED Talk as well as scientific studies. The examples all come from famous TED speakers and even go deeper to explain how those talks came to be—the quality of the first drafts, what level of practice was involved, and how the audience and news media reacted. The studies that Gallo references jibe with what I learned in my psychology classes,
Apr 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: business, relax
Disappointing. I don't think "having passion" in your presentation is a secret, or being innovative, and frankly, all 9 secrets are like that. I was hoping to get some interesting stories from TED, very few and not well organized, and the author uses same ted talks over and over. I don't think much work has been put into this book.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm teaching a 2-week public speaking elective, and I figured "Who knows this stuff better than TED?"

Like a good TED talk, this book was both informative and entertaining. Gallo drew from a wealth of examples of from TED talks, many of which were familiar to me (and, presumably, most people with an internet connection), but it was a pleasure to revisit them, encounter some new ones, and learn about effective public speaking in the process.
Pittayut Panswasdi
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
เปนหนังสือแปลทีมาไดทันกับจังหวะงาน Ted Talk ทีจะเกิดในเมืองไทยเรวๆวันนีไดอยางเหมาะเจาะ แตทวาสำหรับคนทีไมรูจัก TED (ไมใชหมีขีมอ ลามกตัวสีนำตาลๆ นะเออ )
หนังสือเลมนียังไดทำหนาทีชันดี สำหรับการเปน How To สำหรับคนทีจำเปนตองมีพืนที และหนาทีในการพูดตอหนาผูคนจำนวนมากๆ(ไมวาเตมใจหรือไมกตาม) ในโลกทีความคิดไดกลายเปนวาทีเงินตราแหงศตวรรษ
ถึงแมหนังสือมันไมไดอัดสาระจัดๆแบบ หนังสือการเลาเรืองอยาง Made To Stickแตสิงทีเราชอบคือวิธีการเขียนและนำเสนอเนือหาในหนังสือทีมีสวนผสมหลายๆอยางและเปนตัวอยางคลายๆกับการฟังหรือรับ
Andrea James
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: public-speaking
I listened to the audiobook and the irony was that I wasn't so keen on its presentation. In the first few chapters, the author summarises the content of a number of TED talks but it felt more like a TED promotion editorial rather than a book about public speaking techniques that was specifically focused on TED. I felt that there were many shallow examples given to illustrate a single point rather than a deeper look at the nuances of each TED-talk example and a dissection of what worked and what ...more
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“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.” 7 likes
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