Thursday, March 14, 2013

Review - How to Deliever a TED Talk by Jeremy Donovan

How to Deliver a TED TalkHow to Deliver a TED Talk by Jeremy Donovan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


"How To Deliver A TED Talk" is a complete public speaking guide for creating presentations that inspire others through your story. Based on intensive study of the most popular TEDTalks, this step-by-step playbook shows you how to select your topic, craft your narrative, master your delivery, and refine your design.

I will probably never give a TEDTalk but that doesn't mean that I won't have to give presentations in my profession.  Just because I'm not delivering one of these inspirational talks doesn't mean that my presentations can't be creative and unique.

This book is a great public speaking handbook.

There are chapters that won't be applicable to everyone. For example How to Craft Your Catchphrase or How to be Introduced.  The majority of these chapters can be used to create even the most basic presentation.  The book focuses on telling a story instead of just reading facts and talking points.

I think a good idea would be to head over to TED's website or YouTube page and watch some of the talks Jeremy Donovan discusses throughout the book.  You could just read his account of Brene Brown's talk closing or you can go and watch the talk and get the full effect of her powerful closing.

If you haven't taken a public speaking class in years, or just want a fresh perspective of delivering a presentation, you should check out this book. As Jeremy Donovan writes, "TED speakers craft compelling stories." How to Deliver a TED Talk is a guide in turning your compelling story into an inspiring talk.

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