Talk like TED by Carmine Gallo book summary | keypoints - EbookWorld

Talk Like TED is for anyone who wants to speak with more confidence and authority. 

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Ideas are the currency of the twenty-first 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 bestselling 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 book, 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 Bestseller 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 book is not endorsed, sponsored or authorized by TED Conferences, LLC or its affiliates.

In this summary of Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo, you’ll also discover

  • how unleashing a swarm of mosquitoes helped a TED talk go viral;
  • what the American Dream and the country of Denmark have in common; and
  • how new information stimulates the brain into remembering it.

Talk Like TED Key Idea #1: TED talks can help you to improve in an important area of life: your presentation skills.

Talk Like TED Key Idea #2: Passion is the foundation of a persuasive and successful presentation.

Talk Like TED Key Idea #3: Storytelling helps you to connect emotionally with your  Like TEDaudience.Talk

Talk Like TED Key Idea #4: An emotional connection happens only when a speaker’s voice, gestures and body language are in sync.

Talk Like TED Key Idea #5: To make your presentation surprising and unforgettable, give your audience new information.

Talk Like TED Key Idea #6: Make your presentation memorable by sharing an extreme moment or extraordinary statistic.
Talk Like TED Key Idea #7: Adding humor to your speech makes your audience see you in a more positive light.

Talk Like TED Key Idea #8: Presentations should cover no more than three aspects in 15 to 20 minutes.

Talk Like TED Key Idea #9: Stimulating all of the senses during a presentation helps your audience to remember your ideas.


Ideas Are the Currency of the Twenty-first Century

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IDEAS ARE THE CURRENCY OF the twenty-first century. 

Some people are exceptionally good at presenting their ideas. Their skill elevates their stature and
influence in today’s society. 

Ideas, effectively packaged and delivered, can change the world. So, wouldn’t it be amazing to identify the exact techniques shared by the world’s greatest communicators, watch them deliver jaw-dropping
presentations, and apply their secrets to wow your audiences? Now you can,
thanks to a world famous conference that posts its best presentations for free on the Internet—TED (Technology, Education, Design), a scientific analysis of hundreds of TED presentations, direct interviews with TED’s most popular
speakers, and my personal insights gleaned from years of coaching inspiring leaders of the world’s most admired brands.


I’m in a unique position to analyze TED presentations. I wrote a book titled The
Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, which went on to become an international
bestseller. Famous CEOs are known to have adopted the principles revealed in the book, and hundreds of thousands of professionals around the world are using the method to transform their presentations. 

I was flattered by the attention, but I wanted to reassure readers that the techniques I explored in Presentation Secrets were not exclusive to Steve Jobs. The Apple cofounder and technology visionary just to be very good at putting them all together. The techniques were very “TED-like.”

TALK LIKE TED IS DIVIDED into three parts, each revealing three components of an inspiring presentation. The most engaging presentations are:

EMOTIONAL — They touch my heart.

NOVEL — They teach me something new.

MEMORABLE —  They present content in ways I’ll never forget.

The Power of Words

Avoid overused buzzwords and clichés. Marketers love to use words such as leading, solutions, and ecosystem. These words are empty, meaningless, and used so often they’ve lost whatever punch they may once have had.

Master the Art of Storytelling :

Great speakers are indeed mavericks, adventurers, and rule-bending rebels who
take risks. They tell stories to express their passion for the subject and to connect with their audiences. Ideas are the currency of the twenty-first century and stories facilitate the exchange of that currency. Stories illustrate, illuminate, and inspire.


A well-told story gives leaders a strong advantage in today’s increasingly competitive marketplace. A
powerful narrative can persuade customers,
employees, investors, and stakeholders that your company, product, or idea can help them achieve the success they desire.

Have a Conversation Practice relentlessly and internalize your
content so that you can deliver the presentation as comfortably as having a
conversation with a close friend.

The four elements of verbal delivery are: rate, volume, pitch, and pauses.

RATE: Speed at which you speak

VOLUME: Loudness or softness

PITCH: High or low inflections

PAUSES: Short pauses to punch key words

Use gestures

Use gestures. Don’t be afraid to use your hands in the first place. The simplest fix for a stiff
presentation is to pull your hands out of your pockets and use them. Don’t keep your hands bound
when you present. They want to be free.

Use gestures sparingly. Now that I’ve told you to use gestures, be careful not to go overboard.
Your gestures should be natural. If you try to imitate someone else, you’ll look like a Saturday Night Live caricature of a bad politician. Avoid canned gestures. Don’t think about what gestures to use. Your story will guide them.

Use gestures at key moments. Save your most expansive gestures for key moments in the
presentation. Reinforce your key messages with purposeful gestures … as long as it feels genuine to
your personality and style.

Keep your gestures within the power sphere. Picture your power sphere as a circle that runs
from the top of your eyes, out to the tips of your outstretched hands, down to your belly button, and
back up to your eyes again. Try to keep your gestures (and eye gaze) in this zone. Hands that hang
below your navel lack energy and “confidence.” Using complex gestures above the waist will give
the audience a sense of confidence about you as a leader, help you communicate your thoughts more effortlessly, and enhance your overall presence.

Teach Me Something New Reveal information that’s completely new to your audience, packaged differently, or offers a fresh and novel way to solve an old problem.

Why it works: The human brain loves novelty. An unfamiliar, unusual, or
unexpected element in a presentation intrigues the audience, jolts them out of their preconceived notions, and quickly gives them a new way of looking at the

Stick to the 18-Minute Rule
Eighteen minutes is the ideal length of time for a presentation. If you must create one that’s longer, build in soft breaks (stories, videos, demonstrations) every 10

Why it works: Researchers have discovered that “cognitive backlog,” too much information, prevents the successful transmission of ideas. TED curator Chris

Final summary :  

The key message in this book:

The ability to present ideas in a persuasive way is one of the core skills needed in the twenty-first century. When you deliver a presentation, it’s important to make it stand out; to do so, you need to connect emotionally with your audience. And if you want your audience to remember your talk, keep it short, cover no more than three themes and appeal to your audience’s senses.

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Good Reads Community Reviews

Nick (3/5)

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 writer and he's done his homework. It's a competent book filled with great advice. If you don't have any books on public speaking, this would be a fine one to start with. There's just nothing new in here, and certainly no secrets.

David (4/5)

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. He details his nine "secrets" that can help make a successful presentation. What are his secrets? Well, they aren't really secret at all; they are common sense. The secrets include being passionate about one's subject, keep the title of your presentation short, keep the talk to within an 18-minute time limit, use stories to illustrate concepts and engage the listener, don't tell jokes, but instead use humor, include some attention-grabbing information or idea in a new light, try to include multiple senses--sight, sound, touch, and so on. Power Point is to be used sparingly--pictures are good, text is not good.

Another important aspect in delivering a good talk is to edit, prepare, and practice the presentation in front of people ahead of time. It can take hundreds of hours to prepare and test out an attention-grabbing presentation. All that preparation helps to make the presentation seem spontaneous and authentic.

I found the advice about public speaking to be very helpful. But I also found the descriptions of some of the best TED talks to be equally interesting. I didn't read this book--I listened to it as an audiobook. Multiple readers took on the roles of some of the TED talkers, and that gave the audiobook a nice, varied flavor. Highly recommended!

Ken Rideout (2/5) 

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, packaged differently, or offers a fresh and novel way to solve an old problem.
5. Deliver a shocking, impressive, or surprising moment that is so moving and memorable, it grabs the listener's attention and is remembered long after the presentation is over.
6. Lighten up with authentic humor.

7. Eighteen minutes is the ideal length of time for a presentation. If you must go longer build in soft breaks every 10 minutes.
8. Deliver presentations that touch more than one of the 5 senses.
9. Be authentic, open, and transparent

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