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Have you ever given a presentation and felt like it fell flat? You’re not alone. Public speaking is difficult, even for the most experienced professionals. Enter stage right: Talk Like Ted
Ideas are the currency of the 21st century. In order to succeed, you need to be able to sell your ideas persuasively. This ability is the greatest skill that will help you accomplish your dreams. Carmine Gallo has broken down hundreds of TED talks and interviewed the most popular TED presenters and the top psychology, communications, and neuroscience researchers to reveal the nine secrets of all successful TED presentations. Gallo’s step-by-step method makes it possible for anyone to deliver an engaging, persuasive, and memorable presentation.
Here are the key takeaways that will help you take your presentations to the next level.
Talk Like Ted – 9 Secrets
- Be passionate: Passion is contagious. When you are passionate about your topic, your enthusiasm will be evident to your audience, and they will be more likely to get on board with your message.
- Tell a story: Stories are more memorable than facts and figures. When you tell a story, you connect with your audience on an emotional level and increase the chances that your message will be remembered.
- Be Conversational: This means speaking in a way that comes naturally to you and sounds like you’re just having a conversation with someone. One of the best ways to achieve this is by using personal stories and examples.
- Teach them something new: Your audience wants to learn something new from your presentation. Think about what unique insights or perspectives you can offer on your topic. What will your audience walk away knowing that they didn’t before? The examples of this in Talk like Ted were awesome and had me listening to some of the speeches.
- Surprise the Audience: Jaw-dropping moments are what make TED Talks so memorable. Find ways to inject some surprises into your presentation to capture your audience’s attention. This could be anything from a surprising statistic to a personal story with a twist ending.
- Be lighthearted: Injecting some humor into your presentation can help keep your audience engaged and make your message more memorable. But beware—too much humor can also be distracting or off-putting. Use it sparingly and only if it makes sense for your topic and tone.
- Keep it short: After a lot of research, it has been proven time and time again the ideal amount of time to get a point across and keep your audience engaged is 18 minutes. This is why Ted talks are limited to 18 minutes.
- Use all the Senses: The human brain is wired for visual information. When you include images in your presentation, you are more likely to capture your audience’s attention and hold their interest. But don’t ignore the other senses either; try to incorporate them all into your presentation.
- Be authentic and stay in your lane: People can spot a fraud from a mile away. Don’t try to be someone you’re not—be genuine, honest, and transparent if you want people to believe in what you’re saying.
So would I read this again?
YES! I loved this book. Talk like Ted was so much more than I expected.
I loved everything about this book. I was so excited while reading it that I even reached out to some close friends and told them how much I loved it. With the tips provided, I have no doubt you can transform your next presentation from dull to dazzling.
While I have broken down the 9 secrets for you, reading the book is a must. Relating the 9 tips to stories and proof of how they work is enlightening and will help you understand how to transform your own speeches and presentations in the future.
Talk Like Ted Wrap up
If you want to learn how to sell your ideas persuasively, look no further than Carmine Gallo’s book Talk Like Ted. Gallo’s step-by-step method makes it possible for anyone to deliver an engaging, persuasive, and memorable presentation. Implement these 9 secrets into your next presentation and watch your audience hang onto every word!
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