Book dis­cusses public speak­ing se­crets of TED talks

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Deb­o­rah Bal­zotti

“Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speak­ing Se­crets of the World’s Top Minds” by Carmine Gallo

Au­thor Carmine Gallo pub­lished this great book for TED talk ad­dicts like my­self. Talk like TED? I’d sure like to try. I also know some guys that have to speak once a month in church that could use some TED tech­nique for their talks.

Gallo spent more than 150 hours an­a­lyz­ing more than 500 TED pre­sen­ta­tions and con­densed his find­ings into nine com­mon el­e­ments. He also in­ter­viewed speak­ers to dis­cover what made their pre­sen­ta­tions so com­pelling.

If you haven’t ever watched a TED talk, you need to load the app on your phone im­me­di­ately. While you wait in line at the DMV, you will have time for sev­eral talks that are 18 min­utes or less. There are hun­dreds to choose from on ted.com. Big names like Steve Jobs and Al Gore are avail­able, but the lesser known (at least to me) have been the most fas­ci­nat­ing.

For ex­am­ple, Mark Be­zos gave a talk ti­tled “A Life Les­son From a Vol­un­teer Fire­fighter.” If you get bored sav­ing seats for grad­u­a­tion, lis­ten to his ad­vice in­clud­ing this quote: “Don’t wait. Don’t wait un­til you make your first mil­lion to make a dif­fer­ence in some­body’s life. If you have some­thing to give, give it now. Serve food at a soup kitchen. Clean up a neigh­bor­hood park. Be a men­tor. Not ev­ery day is go­ing to of­fer us a chance to save some­body’s life, but ev­ery day of­fers us an op­por­tu­nity to af­fect one. So get in the game.”

Or how about watch­ing beau­ti­ful CEO Stacey Kramer talk about “The Best Gift I Ever Sur­vived” while you are in an of­fice wait­ing room? Kramer talks about a mys­te­ri­ous gift that changed her life for the bet­ter. As she flips her shoul­der-length hair, you see the scar left by her brain tu­mor.

The book ex­plains the ori­gins of the TED talks, which be­gan in 1984 and have now be­come an in­ter­na­tional phe­nom­e­non in more than 130 coun­tries. It con­tains sto­ries, pho­tos and ex­am­ples to in­spire read­ers to be­come great speak­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to Gallo, the nine com­mon el­e­ments that make a great talk are: Un­leash the Mas­ter Within, Mas­ter the Art of Sto­ry­telling, Have a Con­ver­sa­tion, Teach Me Some­thing New, De­liver Jaw-Drop­ping Mo­ments, Lighten Up, Stick to the 18-Minute Rule, Paint a Men­tal Pic­ture with Mul­ti­sen­sory Ex­pe­ri­ences and Stay In Your Lane.

I re­ally en­joyed read­ing “Talk Like TED.” I doubt I will be in­vited to give a TED talk, or give a talk that will be viewed 1.5 mil­lion times, but I did find sev­eral ways to make my next les­son or talk bet­ter.

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