Talk like TED

SkillDing · February 21, 2024

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In this episode we talk with Ben Belazi about the book “Talk Like TED”. This book analyses some of the most successful TED talks to provide insights into the art of public speaking. The author, communication coach Carmine Gallo, emphasizes the importance of storytelling, authenticity, and passion in delivering a memorable presentation. He also highlights the significance of delivering a clear message, using visuals effectively, and engaging the audience through humour and emotional appeals.

The book breaks down the elements of a great TED talk into three main components: emotional connection, novel information, and memorable delivery. Here are some of the most actionable tips from each component:

  1. Emotional Connection
  • Share personal stories to create an emotional connection with the audience.
  • Use humour to make the audience feel more relaxed and engaged.
  • Use imagery and metaphors to help the audience connect with the content on a deeper level.
  1. Novel Information
  • Use data and facts to support your points and make them more credible.
  • Use analogies to explain complex concepts in a simple and relatable way.
  • Use stories of other people or events to illustrate your points and make them more compelling.
  1. Memorable Delivery
  • Use body language to convey confidence and enthusiasm.
  • Speak in a conversational tone to make the audience feel like they are having a conversation with you.
  • Use repetition and pause to emphasize important points and make them more memorable.

The book also includes real-world examples of successful TED talks, as well as interviews with some of the most popular TED speakers. These examples serve as a source of inspiration for anyone looking to improve their public speaking skills and deliver a powerful presentation.

“Talk Like TED” is a useful resource for anyone who wants to become a more effective communicator, whether they are preparing for a TED talk or simply giving a presentation at work or school.


You and I listen to podcasts for many reasons and listening to a podcast like this probably means you are looking to get insights about human psychology, motivation, persuasion, things like that. If you are here to learn, listening is not enough. In fact, that will get you ⅓ of the way there. You will understand the topic, that’s the first part. The second part is to remember the most actionable content when you need it, what we call the moment of truth. And thirdly you need to find opportunities to deliberately practice and reflect on that practice. This episode has a suite of learning tools that you can use to help you do this. Just go to and search for the title of this episode.

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Hosted by Kevin Redmond ( founder of - a digital platform providing you with a suite of tools to measure and track when, where and how you are improving your soft skills. In each episode we have a guest on to discuss a non fiction book that has impacted their life. Every episode includes these tools to enable you remember the most actionable content from the episode and to allow you to find opportunities to deliberately practice and reflect on your efforts.

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