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It was my husband that first picked this up but I admit I am a total book thief and read everything if it looks in the least interesting or a slightly fun read. The book, Talk Like Ted, was written by Carmine Gallo who I hadn’t heard of before now but am interested on looking into his history a little more after reading to find other reads in the business genre.
It can be guessed correctly that this book is based on presentations, speeches and how to deliver both confidently whilst keeping the interest of your listeners and now, viewers. To be honest I have watched a few Ted Talks presentations but never really thought about the amount of preparation that went into each by the person delivering them. Thinking about this now I must say this book opened my eyes a little on the work, the nerves and the outcomes that each presenter may feel.
Given the topic throughout I didn’t really engage fully with some parts of the book as I wasn’t preparing myself for a huge speech but can see how it would help those who were. I did find some chapters and paragraphs very interesting, one of these being the 18 minute rule. Watching the Ted Talks previously I hadn’t thought about how long they lasted but it’s great to keep people’s attention. The book throughout does well to keep the reader engaged and moves cleanly from chapters, ideas and suggestions. What I also liked about it is that some paragraphs are in bold to grab attention or pick out topics and there are diagrams to demonstrate ideas. Parts also break up in bullet points, with images or headers which makes what could be a heavily informative book a lot lighter and divided into sections makes it easier to digest certain sections or engage the reader in other ways, instead of pushing the information one way only.
If you are giving a presentation at work or get nervous speaking in front of people this book could be a good read. If you are looking for ideas on how to put together a great speech, timing, and delivery again it could be a great help.
Let me know if you have read this book and if it helped your presenting style if you did.
Until next time,