Every speech can be like your favourite TED Talk

Alexandra Boudreault-Manos discovers the lessons that will make you a TED talker

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Talk Like TED, from communications coach and former news correspondent Carmine Gallo, is a light, interesting exploration of how to talk like your favourite TED talker.

With evidence from an analysis of hundreds of TED Talks, Gallo explores the three key attributes of a great speech – that it be emotional, novel and memorable.

Conveyed through stories and examples from some of the most famous speeches (including everyone from Steve Jobs to Arctic explorers), nine public speaking secrets of the world’s top minds are delivered, for your use.

As well as numerous examples and references, Gallo has also endeavoured to include interesting results from his analysis, in the form of charts. These charts give the reader a hands-on guide to improving their public-speaking skills.

Admittedly, though, the value of Talk LikeTED lies more in the stories it tells, framing useful public speaking tips in an engaging and meticulously analysed way, rather than in divulging tips and information.

While well written and littered with interesting facts about science, business, and everything in between, Talk Like TED does become quite repetitive – and in places even contradictory. The book also runs the risk of being confusing or simply not as effective to the average reader who is not familiar with any the hundreds of TED Talks Gallo dissects.

It’s not useful to many, or in a long-lasting way – but Talk Like TED is easy to read, and the stories thoroughly entertaining.





– Talk Like TED – Carmine Gallo (Macmillan)