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Talk Like TED

The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds
Written by: Carmine Gallo
Narrated by: Carmine Gallo
Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
Categories: Business & Money, Careers
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Publisher's Summary

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 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 best-selling author Carmine Gallo explores what makes a great presentation by examining the widely acclaimed TED Talks, which have redefined the elements of a successful presentation and become the gold standard for public speaking. TED - which stands for technology, entertainment, and design - brings together the world's leading thinkers. These are the presentations that set the world on fire, and the techniques that top TED speakers use will make any presentation more dynamic, fire up any team, and give anyone the confidence to overcome their fear of public speaking.

In his audiobook, Carmine Gallo has broken down hundreds of TED talks and interviewed the most popular TED presenters, as well as the top researchers in the fields of psychology, communications, and neuroscience to reveal the nine secrets of all successful TED presentations. Gallo's step-by-step method makes it possible for anyone to deliver a presentation that is engaging, persuasive, and memorable.

Carmine Gallo's Top 10 Wall Street Journal best seller Talk Like TED will give anyone who is insecure about their public speaking abilities the tools to communicate the ideas that matter most to them, the skill to win over hearts and minds, and the confidence to deliver the talk of their lives.

The opinions expressed by Carmine Gallo in Talk Like TED are his own. His audiobook is not endorsed, sponsored or authorized by TED Conferences, LLC, or its affiliates.

This program is read by the author.

©2014 Carmine Gallo (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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Not only about TED

Carmine Gallo has pulled together a fabulous resource, not only for people who with to be on TED stages, it's also a resource for any presentation or conversation you want to have. Effective & efficient book -- like the advice it give. Thanks Carmine.

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If You Sell Anything or Coach This is Mandatory.

Very simple proven neuro based systems to implement immediately. Love the author and his work. Thank you Carmine.

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  • BJ
  • 2019-02-05

amazing listen. my ears could not be happier.

so happy with this book. I have never and probably will never learn more nuggets for creating amazing presentations. I am proud to have learned the tools in this book.

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Wrong facts and pronunciation

Einstein didn't fail 2,000 times T. Edison did. Emotion is pronounced "emotion " not a motion, makes one suspect of overall quality and effort put into production. Better editing required.

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  • Carol Crouse
  • 2014-03-05

Gallo cuts to the chase...

I enjoy watching TED talks and enjoy making presentations at work and at my local Toastmaster Club. Any advice I can get to improve my talks is always welcome. This book reflects hours of canalization of the greatest TED talks to reveal the commonalities of those greatest speakers.
We start out with 3 laws of the “most engaging and persuasive presentations:”
*Emotional –Touch My Heart
*Novel- Teach Me something New
*Memorable- Present Content in Ways I’ll Never Forget

I first read Gallo’s book 10 Simple Secrets of the World’s Greatest Business Communicators in 2005. That book helped me improve my speaking with such practical and easy to apply tips that everyone noticed my improvement immediately. He had me when he said something I have always agreed with. When I would attend a seminar or training session and a new speaker would begin, I would always begin with a groan: oh no, more dumb jokes. Brain science now knows that we decide within a few seconds if the speaker is credible and if we are going to pay attention to him/her.

That’s where the TED talks come in. They all start in the middle of the speech! They get right to the most interesting part of their topic and work backwards or sideways! How can you NOT listen!

So after studying all these great speeches, Gallo comes up with 10 commonalities, aka Secrets, that I can apply immediately. He talks about using my passion for a topic, developing the ability to tell an intriguing story, internalize and rehearse my content paying attention to my vocal delivery, developing a catchy, current title, delivering a jaw-dropping moment, keeping even serious content light so the brain can remember and digest it, the importance of timing, painting a mental picture in the mind of your audience, narrowing your topic and how rehearsing develops authenticity.

My next presentation will astonish people.

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  • Stef
  • 2014-04-10

Somewhat disappointing

What did you like best about Talk Like TED? What did you like least?

I like the content, but the delivery is awful, which is ironic given the topic. Also, it is somewhat embarrassing that the author got the acronym TED wrong - it's technology, entertainment, design not "education"

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  • Monica
  • 2014-03-13

Should have taken his own advice

What three words best describe Carmine Gallo’s performance?

Better off TED

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Mr. Gallo should have followed his own advice. The content would have been much more entertaining and engaging in a shorter, more TED-like format. A key idea of the book is the importance of TED's 18-minute format and how that drives the creativity and impact of the speaker, as well as the retention abilities of the audience. I could not help but wish for the same concise format as Mr. Gallo went through example after example and story after story to drive home each of his nine bullet points. It should not take more than 18 minutes to explain why you should limit your presentation to 18 minutes. If you are extolling the virtues of brevity, be brief.

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  • Blaine Moore
  • 2014-08-18

Excellent Introduction to Public Speaking

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This book provides a great introduction to public speaking, and the audio version provides a smooth narration from the author interspersed with audio from actual presentations from some of the people he used as examples. There's nothing mind-blowing about the content, but it is a concise and handy guide so especially if you haven't read other books on public speaking this is a great one to start with.

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  • Carl Carvalho
  • 2014-03-21

Dont waste your time

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If it was 5 minutes long

What was most disappointing about Carmine Gallo’s story?

Repetitive dribble , that is found at any sales performance

Would you be willing to try another one of Carmine Gallo’s performances?

NO

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Dissapointment

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  • D. H. H.
  • 2014-04-25

Wate of your time. Much better books out there.

This book is over 7 hours of too much fluff, self promotion and endless stories with too little educational value. Get this one instead if you are looking for clear, competent and comprehensive advice: Jeremy Donovan, How to deliver a TED talk

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  • Jim Lukaszewski
  • 2014-03-18

A lot less than meets the ear

Would you try another book from Carmine Gallo and/or Carmine Gallo?

depends on the topic

Would you ever listen to anything by Carmine Gallo again?

depends on the topic

Would you listen to another book narrated by Carmine Gallo?

I'd check the reviews

What character would you cut from Talk Like TED?

Actually it's what's missing. This audio falls flat because he never uses actual clips from Ted talks . . he constantly tells about others telling stories. Boring . . . he really doesn't have the audio readers voicing skills. Anyway he mentions all these great presentations but we never hear any?

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Too much data, simply undoes everything. Too much data always makes people angry rather than convinced. Just how stupid does he think the listener is? Only two or three useful points, the rest is mindless filler. Doesn't deserve to have Ted on the cover. You guys ever listen to this stuff before you sell it? Ted didn't listen to this stuff either.

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  • Deborah Jacob
  • 2018-02-24

Invaluable Advice on Public Speaking

I found this to be a riveting audio book filled with practical advice. I loved how the author dissected successful public speaking by using TED talks for examples. It never felt preachy, and the talk turned out to be easy to visualize because of the examples. The narrator's voice conveyed confidence and excitement. There is much to learn from this well-organized presentation. This is a book I would definitely listen to again.

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  • Juan R. Gomez
  • 2015-03-16

I loved it!

I strongly recommend this book as a resource to propel your presentation skills to the next level. The narration style is very fluid and effective.

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  • MelisC
  • 2015-03-15

Inspirational

This book will definitely impact the way I present going forward! I highly recommend it to anyone who presents to large or small audiences.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-09-12

This book has exceptional tips on public speaking

in this book you learn how to share your ideas in a say that people will buy into it. sharing ideas and public speaking is a must for the 21st century where all is becoming digital. in this era, you need to be able to share and connect in such a way that people get moved. This book will help achieve this goals in the most effective way.