HowTo Deliver a TED Talk

January 14th, 2014

How to Deliver a TED Talk

Secrets of the World’s Most Inspiring Presentations

How to Deliver a TED Talk by Jeremey Donovan, published by McGraw Hill, is a great read. As a member of the National Speakers Association and a frequent speaker at many kinds of events I found this book fascinating-anyone that has to give any kind of presentation should get this book now.

He has attended many TED Conferences and watched extensive number of videos and as he began to notice what the best of the best do to make their programs stand out he realized there were common elements. He also saw programs that did not work and in the book he gives you practical tips and tools to become a real professional.

The book is broken in four sections and 23 chapters and 112 tips!

Content; in this section he provides the structure of the talk: examples

o Choosing an Idea

o Organizing Your Talk

o Telling Your Story

Delivery; this section covers the mechanics of speaking; examples

o Projecting Emotion

o Managing Verbal/non-Verbal Delivery

o Moving Around the Stage

Design; adding to the power of your presentation; examples

o Creating Inspiring Slides

o Using props

o Dressing for Success on Stage

The Journey to the Stage and Beyond; examples

o Preparing Without Fear

o Being Introduced Effectively

o Getting Your TED Video to Go Viral

This is a handbook for a speaker at any level; you will find yourself folding over corners as he takes you through TED talk outlines of various individuals. You will learn how they built their content and created their top performing programs-seeing actual speaker worksheets and outlines was a very important element in connecting the dots. Jeremy takes the reader through each topic easily with stories, graphs and tips to help the speaker execute on this ideas. It is the handbook to have!

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