Talk Like Ted – review

My wife purchased me a book for my birthday titled, Talk Like Ted by Carmine Gallo.  This book describes 9 public speaking secrets of the World’s Top Minds.  I have only read chapter one and chapter two, but can say the book is very well-written and provides great value.  Here are the 9 common elements to all TED talks [reference forbes.com].

  1. Unleash the master within
  2. Tell three stories
  3. Practice relentlessly
  4. Teach your audience something new
  5. Deliver jaw-dropping moments
  6. Use humor without telling a joke
  7. Stick to the 18-minute rule
  8. Favor pictures over text
  9. Stay in your lane

I am very excited to continue reading this book because it is jam packed with so much beneficial information, which I can use in my everyday life.  I can see myself using the learned materials in my career, school, at dinner with friends, and so on.  I will admit, some of the information is stuff I already know, but to read it again- it makes it stick out in my mind.  The same goes for a lot of books I’ve read in this similar category.  There is a lot of information you already know, but the reading of it, digesting it, and using it will make you better in so many ways.

I do wonder why the writer stuck with 9 and did not go to 10 elements as so many do.  The magic number always seems to be 10, which makes me think ‘maybe’ there are really only 9.  From what I can see, I agree with each point very much and I am excited because the writer provides science behind it.  He also provides many true examples from real TED talks that have happened and can be viewed on the internet.  I personally love TED talks for the same reasons so many others love them.  They are interesting and usually inspiring.  Even if I do not care for the topic, the person telling the story makes it interesting for everyone.

Another use of these 9 elements is to become a better persuader.  I am always looking for improvements in the way I influence people.  It usually seems the person that can influence the best will almost-always get his/her way.  So what does that mean and why does it matter?  You can have the greatest idea, but if you cannot influence anyone that it is a good idea, it does not matter how great that idea is.  Nobody will take you up on your offer to venture out and make that idea become a reality.  I do not believe I was taught very well from the start to fine-tune my communication skills, specifically communication to influence others.  These are skills I am picking up much later in life and I do see the benefits from it.

Here is one example of how influencing has bettered my life.  Just several months ago when I took another role outside of my area of expertise, I needed to convince a whole department I was worthy.  I took a step back to understand what I had to offer this new department I wanted to join.  For starters, my reasoning to jump to another department was for broader opportunities and higher pay.  I could not say it was for higher pay, so of course I needed to emphasize the broader opportunities portion.  Since it was true, it was not extremely difficult to figure out a way to pitch it.  At the end of the day, I want the company to give to me and I also want to give back to the company.  Value can be shifted both ways (win-win).  I made sure what I was going to say and how I said it sounded good.  At the end of the day, I was given an offer, which means I did influence well.  I am sure you can think of many situations where you had to influence.

The book titled Talk Like Ted is very good and I recommend it.  I have only read two chapters, but can tell it is well-written, well-thought out, and should have a good finish.  Just for clarity, I was not paid to say this.

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