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Talk Like TED

The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds


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 ones that will make any presentation more dynamic, fire up any team, and give anyone the confidence to overcome their fear of public speaking.

Public speaking coach and bestselling author of The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs Carmine Gallo has broken down the top TED talks and interviewed the most popular TED presenters as well as the top researchers in the fields of psychology and communications to get their cutting-edge insights and to reveal the nine secrets of all successful TED presentations. From “Unleashing the Master Within” and “Delivering Jaw Dropping Moments” to “Sticking to the 18-minute Rule," Gallo provides a step-by-step method that makes it possible for anyone to create, design, and deliver a TED-style presentation that is engaging, persuasive, and memorable.

Ideas are the true currency of the twenty first century, and Gallo gives readers a way to create presentations around the ideas that matter most to them, presentations that will energize their audiences to spread those ideas, launch new initiatives, and reach their highest goals.

This audiobook is not endorsed, sponsored, or authorized by TED Conferences, LLC or any affiliated entities.

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“TED Talks have earned an enviable reputation for public speaking that likely only increases the jitters for most people called on to make presentations. But after analyzing 500 presentations, Gallo . . . identifies the common elements that make TED Talks so successful. He offers nine secrets, including mastering the art of storytelling, being passionate about the subject matter, speaking conversationally, using humor, delivering “jaw-dropping moments,” and keeping presentations to 18 minutes. Gallo divides the lessons into three parts, focusing on the emotional, novel, and memorable. . . . This is sound advice and encouragement for those who need to make presentations and an enjoyable resource for fans of TED Talks. ”

Vanessa Bush, Booklist

“Read this book to understand the secrets to delivering presentations that sell yourself and your cause by adopting techniques from some of the most notable speakers on the planet.”

Dan Schawbel, bestselling author of Promote Yourself and Me 2.0


About the author

Carmine Gallo, bestselling author of The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, is the communications coach for the world's most admired brands. A former anchor and correspondent for CNN and CBS, Gallo is a popular keynote speaker who has worked with executives at Intel, Cisco, Chevron, Hewlett-Packard, Coca-Cola, Pfizer, and many others and writes the column "My Communications Coach." He lives in Pleasanton, California, with his wife and two daughters.


“Lively and appealing . . . the book draws on current brain science to explain what wins over, and fires up, an audience—and what doesn't.”


“Communications guru Gallo draws on the power of these [TED Talks] to reveal the secrets of effective public speaking. . . . The result is a dynamic work focused on storytelling, filled with examples from TED Talks, including those given by notables like Bill Gates. . . . The book is sure to be a hit with anyone who wants to be more a successful communicator.”

Publisher's Weekly (Pick of the Week, Starred Review)

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