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Image Talk Like TED-The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds by Carmine Gallo

Show Your Unique talent on Stage.

You’re going to deliver the presentation. But the first thing is to identify your passion. Because passion leads to mastery. And to inspire others, you need to inspire yourself.

To become a better speaker, you must have a passion. Passionate speakers easily inspire audience than a non-passionate speaker. You can only inspire audience if you’re passionate about your topic.

Passion helps you to attach emotionally with your audience that separates you from others. However, it’s tough to electrify your audience, without feeling an intense connection to your topic.

If you believe, you can influence your audience on a topic that doesn’t core to your identity. Then, it’s a big mistake.

Repetition is the key to grow.

Practice helps you to become better. Make a habit to practice your content until it sounds natural.

Your brain grows throughout your life. The repetition of any task creates a new neural pathway. Learning and practicing a new skill creates a new and strong neural pathway in the brain.

If you continue to practice your presentation. The brain area associated with the area grows. The area becomes effective and efficient. The more you speak in public, the better you’ll become at public speaking.

Devote your time and effort.

Like TED videos, if you want to attract millions of views. You need to devote time and effort to make your presentation appealing.

Passion is important for success. It turns out passion is a foundation of success in business, careers, and public speaking..

However, if you’re not passionate about your work. Then, it’ll harder for you to generate enthusiasm. And you might fail to have a greater career.

However, passion helps you to share your idea. It’ll make you less nervous in public speaking. And you’ll make a better connection with your audience.

The secret to create a Compelling story.

Stories are the kind of human communication that helps the storyteller to connect with the audience.

The storyteller does this by creating frictional character onto a stage and display the journey of a character. You can use stories in your presentation to connect with your audience.

Three Effective type of story.

Three Effective kinds of story.

1. Personal stories.

2. Stories of other people.

3. Stories of product success or failure.

Personal stories are about yourself. But, you can also use the stories of other people, with whom the audience can empathize.

Empathy is the ability to feel the emotion endured by another person. If you’re going to deliver a personal story, make it personal.

Take the audience on a journey. Make is so descriptive that your audience can imagine themselves with you. A story can help you to reach people’s hearts and brains.

As stories engage the human brain so the speaker can connect to the audience easily. You even need facts, figures and analysis to back up your story.

The third type of story is product stories. You can use product stories so that you can connect to your audience.

Story synchronize the brain of speaker and listener.

Story can connect the speaker to its audience. It causes the brain to synchronize between storyteller and audience.

In the sync process, the same part of the brain activates of storyteller and listener and make a deep connection. With story, you can motivate your executive, engage with your customer, land a job, and win over your investor.

The story reaches the heart and mind of the listener and encourages them to feel the same response.

Explore the world around you.

Your goal is to reveal something new about your topic. Discover information that is new to your audience. As brain loves novelty.

You can grab the attention of your audience, once you add an unexpected and unusual element in your presentation.

You should be creative to add something new. One technique to enhance creativity is to indulge yourself with a new experience. Then, the brain starts to take shortcuts as it designs to conserve energy.

It’ll try every possible way to save energy. For this, you need to get out of your office, once in a while. Experience a new event, people and place. And indulge those events in your presentation.

See how easily you can create jaw-dropping moment in your presentation.

You should create a jaw-dropping moment in your presentation. It occurs when you include a shocking, surprising and impressive incident in your presentation.

It helps you to get listeners’ attention and makes your presentation memorable. It also helps the audience to remember and recall your presentation later.

I’m suggesting you think about your content. And create a jaw-dropping moment in your presentation.

How to sprinkle the humor in your presentation?

Don’t take your topic seriously. Give your audience something to laugh.

Because brains love humor. And if you combine humor and novelty. You’ll make your presentation amazing. Humor also helps you to lower defense and makes your audience open-minded to your message.

You need to back up your presentation with statics, but statics are boring. So wrap in emotionally appealing package.

You can use five ways to add humor in your presentation:

1. Stories.

2. Analogies and metaphors.


4. Video.

5. Image.

Always try to add humor. Especially when the audience is not familiar with your topic. But, humor also involves some risk.

However, if something makes you smile then there’re good chances that it’ll make other people smile too.

Why you should stick with 18 minutes?

A powerful presentation can convey the message within eighteen minutes. Eighteen minutes is an ideal length of time for a presentation.

Duration of your presentation shouldn’t more than eighteen minutes. But, if the presentation is longer than eighteen minutes then you should add soft break by adding images and videos.

Because too much information prevents the flow of an idea. Longer presentations can make your audience frustrate and tedious.

Learning is an energy-draining process. As it takes energy to listen and learn. Your brain gets tired when it takes a new piece of information.

As millions of neurons are firing at once, burning energy, and lead you to exhaustion.

A confusing presentation can also drain energy. As brain has to work hard to understand the message.

But presentations of eighteen minutes works well. As it leaves the audience with enough energy to think and talk about your idea.

Forget everything and just stick with three.

You can understand only three pieces of information at a time. So divide your presentation into three parts, six minutes each. With this, your audience easily understands the follow of the presentation.

You can use the format for your presentation.

Format of presentation.

  • Heading: A single message you want your audience to know at the end of the presentation.

    Note: Make sure your heading should compose within 140 words.

  • Three supporting messages to support the heading, each of 6 minutes each.
  • Sub-message to support each message. You can deliver the sub-message within two minutes.

You can also make bullet points to support each message.

Steal the emotions of your Audience

Deliver your presentation with components that touch senses: sight, touch, taste, hearing, and smell.

It’ll enhance the quality of a presentation. Because the brain doesn’t pay attention to the tedious things. Once you include words that add senses, your audience will love it. Even your audience might not explain why they love it.

It’s your secret. When you make a presentation with multi-sensory components. It’ll easier for the audience to recall information later.

Here is the brief guide of words that add more than one sense.

Effective use of power Point.

In presentation slides use pictures, instead, of words.

In TED presentations, the average PowerPoint slides have only 40 words. It’s impossible to find any slide that has more than 40 words. So your slides should have less than 40 words.

During the presentation don’t force your audience to listen your words when the audience reading the slides. As the brain can’t do multitasking.

Try to convey your point via visual graphics. As it proves, if you hear the information you’ll remember only 10% after the next three days. However, if you add pictures you can recall 65 % information.

Pictures help the audience to remember six times more information than listening. It happens because visual and verbal information is stored in a different part of the brain.

Practice your Content.

Practice Practice Practice. You’ve to practice your content. So it doesn’t look like you just learn a paragraph and now you’re draining.

Practice your content so you can deliver your presentation as naturally as possible.

You need to understand three – P:

1. Passion.

2. Practice.

3. Presence.

The first P is to recognize your passion and think how it’ll help you to connect with your audience. True persuasion occurs when you build an emotional rapport with your audience.

However, if your voice, gesture, and body language are incongruent with your words. Your audience will distrust your message. As authenticity doesn’t happen naturally.

It requires hours to practice your content choosing the right words and making sure that non-verbal communication: gesture, facial expression, and body language are coordinated with your message.

If you didn’t practice, during the presentation. Your mind fills up with thousands of thoughts. And then you’ll not make connections with your audience.

Analysis your Material over and over.

Practice your presentation either in front of people or record it. Recording your presentation helps you in finding flaws and fixing it.

Even you can practice the presentation in front of your friend. So you can get proper feedback.

Practice will help you to find tiny distracting movements you’re making. Even pay close attention to the pace of your speech. Ask your friend, either you’re speaking fast or slow.

Improve your verbal delivery during presentation.

Four elements to take care of:

  • Rate: The speed at which you deliver your words.
  • Volume: High and low sound of speech.
  • Pitch: High and low inflection of voice.
  • Pause: Short pause to punch keywords.

You should pay attention to your verbal delivery. Because when you read notes. It’s easy to mark important words with a highlighter.

But, in verbal delivery. You need to increase or decrease the sound of your voice, change speed, and take a pause before and after important words.

Ideal pace of speed in public speaking.

Your rate of speech should be 150 to 160 words in a minute.

Rate of speed helps your audience to hear, absorb, and recall the information easily. But delivering your presentation at the same speed will also make your audience tedious.

You have to fluctuate your rate of speech to engage the audience.

Tips to improve the way you use your hand.

1. Don’t afraid to use your hand. Pull your hand out of pocket. You should free your hand when you’re delivering presentations.

But, your hands should not hang below the navel. As it displays a lack of confidence and energy.

2. During the presentation, your gesture should look natural. Don’t think which gesture to use. Because your story will guide you.

3. You can make your presentation more impactful when you use your content as well as body gesture during the presentation. But make sure to use the gesture that matches your personality.

4. Don’t stick to a single place on a platform. As it makes you look tedious, rigid, and disengage. Instead, walk and cover an entire stage.

Easily fixing of common body language Problems.

Fidgeting, Tapping, and jingling are annoying habits and can reduce your credibility. Fidgeting makes you look nervous, while mannerism like playing with your pen serves no purpose.

To find either you’re making any of these signs, record yourself. Use a video camera to record yourself. Watch yourself and write down all the unnecessary movements you’re making.

Because it makes you conscious about the moment and helps you to eliminate it.

Authenticity is the key.

You’ll fail to gain trust if you try to become someone else’s. Be authentic and open to others.

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Wrapping Up:

1. Choose your topic wisely.

2. Make a headline within 140 characters.

3. Break your topic(heading) into three sup topics.

4. Your PowerPoint slides shouldn’t have more than 40 words each.

5. Tell a story to your audience.

6. Apply 18 minutes rule, and deliver your presentation within 18 minutes.

7. Show something new in your presentation.

8. Use humor in your presentation.

9. Practice your content.

10. Back up your theory.

11. Take care of your voice.

12. Focus on your body posture.

At Last: Here are my favorite Quotes from this book.

  • People cannot inspire others unless and until they are inspired themselves. ― Carmine Gallo.
  • It is been said that success doesn’t lead to happiness; happiness creates success. ― Carmine Gallo.
  • Every ‘no’ means you’re one step closer to ‘yes’. ― Carmine Gallo.
  • I am a learning machine and this is the place to learn. ― Carmine Gallo.
  • The only way to have a great career, says Smith, is to do what you love. ― Carmine Gallo.

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