2 months, 3 days, 2 hours and 45 minutes! That’s how long the book drought was. Quite long by my standards.
This week I picked up Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds by Carmine Gallo.
I had bought it some months ago, purely on impulse. It resonated with me now because I am doing a presentation at the Scrum User Group of South Africa conference later on this month.
I am normally comfortable with speaking in public because I have been a toastmaster for many years. The TED style of presenting intrigues me and I love it and wanted to learn the secrets of great TED talks. I have summarized them below from this valuable book to have if you are or aspire to speaking in public.
Structuring your talk – create a message map
The headline idea is rather cool – like the “elevator-pitch” for your talk. Write the headline as though you were tweeting it.
A few more take-aways from the book:
Talk about something you are passionate about.
Tell a story.
Use humour and personal stories and quotes from people you know – they do not have to by famous people to be effective.
Make it memorable -keep facts and stats to a minimum.
Paint a mental picture – invoke all of your audience’s senses, especially the visual, auditory and kinaesthetic senses. People may not remember your slides but they will remember how you made them feel.
Create jaw-dropping moments.
Teach something new.
Use natural conversational gestures. Be who you are.
End on a high note.
Now go out there and change the world!
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