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

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TED talks have redefined the elements of a successful presentation and become the gold standard for public speaking around the world. TED and associated Tedx conferences are held in more than 130 countries and are being viewed at a rate of 1.5 million times a day. These are presentations that set the world on fire, and the techniques that top TED speakers use are the same ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published March 1st 2014 by Macmillan (first published January 28th 2014)
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Dec 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Ken Rideout
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
Dec 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to David by: James
Shelves: audiobook, self-help
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
Jan 21, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't finish. Reads like an annoying person's sales pitch. ...more
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
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
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
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Duhart Vader
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Lavinia Reads
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made me watch all the TED talks ever😂
I love the technique “learn by example” and this book has a lot of models we can learn from.
Vlad Stepanov
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Do you watch TED presentations? If not, then you should! There is so much knowledge to be acquired from them. This book introduces you to TED, but also helps you become a better public speaker. I've taken public speaking in college, but I wasn't taught many of the skills this book offers. Disappointingly, I wasn't taught anything about TED either. This book is a must read for anyone who speaks publicly, whether that is in college or a career path. The main point in this book is "Passion". If you ...more
Kaixi Luo
Dec 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
April Sarah
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ani Hakobyan
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was pretty much educative and useful. Thanks to author for sharing the steps and skill that we know but forgot about.
Evin Ashley
Basically: be passionate about your subject, open and interesting. The 250 pages could have been condensed to 50, max.
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-improvement
Agree with all the tips and tricks presented in this book. Motivated me to craft my presentations.
Diana Iovanel
Feb 20, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: worldly
All sensible insights but far from being secrets. The book has some specific advice as well so I think it can be useful and even inspiring before creating and delivering an important presentation.

By far the most enjoyable part of the book is the run through some of the best speeches given at Ted.
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it
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!
Mohamed Sharara
Talk like TED Make your own decision
Ricky Stephen
A wonderful resource offering a basic framework for successful public speaking.

Could have been one hundred and fifty pages shorter—the vast majority of the book is an extended advertisement regarding the greatness of TED.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Executive recommendation. An easy to read book about what makes TED talks so great. There is some good career information mixed with how to frame a presentation. I particularly like the discussion about “What makes your heart sing?” Why do you work at your company? What drives you?
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A couple of golden nuggets in there, but the rest of the learnings you can find on the internet to be honest...
Nicely written and easy to read!
Giuseppe Perrone
Nicely crafted handbook for who's interested in the art of public speaking. It contains great tips and practical examples, using in form of text what he preaches in form of spoken words. I found super interesting the small sections about success stories and analysis of the reasons. ...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

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