How to Deliver a TED Talk by Jeremey Donovan

As far as titles go, this one caught my attention immediately: How to Deliver a TED Talk: Secrets of The World’s Most Inspiring Presentations. The fact is, I have on multiple occasions been inspired by watching TED talks online. I have been impressed at the way the presenters are able to eloquently bring the audience into their story and care deeply about whatever the topic is that they are covering. I decided to read this book not because I hold any desire to ever present a TED talk, but because I do have to speak in front of groups on a regular basis and was interested in picking up some pointers from the experts. I received quite a bit more by the end of the book. As author Jeremey Donovan points out, one doesn’t become a better public speaker solely by reading books about it and studying others doing it, one has to practice doing it. However – there are common threads in the best delivered TED talks that can be incorporated into anyone’s presentations. Donovan does an excellent job of breaking these concepts down and giving readers a lot to consider when designing their next presentation.

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