Talk Like TED
9 Public Speaking Secrets From the World’s Top Minds
Opinion in short: Interesting, well-organised and full of illustrations. Not short on inspiration either. Best of all it’s eminently practical. If you train, present, speak or otherwise find yourself talking to groups of people publicly, you should buy this.
- Well organised into the “9 secrets” which gives the thing some structure. It needs this as the chapters go into some pretty wide ranging examples from all kinds of different speakers.
- Because he’s gleaned the “secrets” from the actual top TED talks, you can always hop over to YouTube or the TED app and go into those and see the stuff at work for yourself.
- And that’s it’s strength – this is an extremely practical book. I’ve come away from it with a few things I just need to get on and work a little harder on (fewer slides, less text, impactful opening, working on the “Twitter summary” of your subject, etc.)
- I also found it inspirational. It left me with a renewed sense of both the why and how of self-improvement in this area. I was reminded why I love to speak, teach, train and present; but also that I need to keep improving!
- There’s also real encouragement for beginners in this book. You don’t have to be a seasoned speaker to learn from it. On the contrary, better to start here and build your talent and career on sound advice gleaned from years of personal experience and from of the best speakers in the world.
- Has a tendency to be a little over-the-top in the way North American authors are sometimes – over use of “awesome” etc. – the usual hyperbole. But that’s me looking for something to criticise…
- Nothing else really – I loved this.
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