Quotes from Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo

talk-like-tedFrom each book I go through I always likje to curate ten quotes and this book does have some really useful quotes related to the books main theme (you can read a review of the book here and a lesson I curated from the book here). Here are my ten quotes from the book:

  1. Passion is the thing that will help you create the greatest expression of your talent – Larry Smith
  2. The great truths of the world have often been couched in fascinating stories – Dale Carnegie
  3. Practice relentlessly and internalize your content so that you can deliver the presentation ad vcomforysnly as having a conversation with a close friend – Carmine Gallo
  4. Only through seeing your own world through a fresh lens will you be able to hive your audience s new way of looking at their world – Carmine Gallo
  5. The brain remembers the emotional components of an experience better than any other aspect – John Medina
  6. The brain also loves humour. Combine humour and novelty and you’ve got presentation gold – Carmine Gallo
  7. Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex. It takes courage to move in the opposite direction – E.F. Schumacher
  8. It is better to present an explanation in words and pictures than solely in words – DR. Richard Mayer
  9. You can learn from others and how they achieved success in public speaking, but you’ll never make a lasting impression unless you leave your own mark – Carmine Gallo
  10. Please keep this in mind. When you deliver s presentation, your goal should not be to ‘deliver a presentation.’ It should be to inspire your audience, yo move them, and emcouragenthem to dream bigger – Carmine Gallo
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My One Idea from Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo

talk-like-tedThis is a book super-packed with ideas when it comes to public speaking and presentation skills (see my review of the book here), and I could have shared numerous ideas, but my goal is to focus on just one. I did cheat though as I collapsed three ideas into one, which I have titled as: How to improve your presentations with three actions. The three actions ate briefly discussed below. Continue reading

Book Review – Presentation Basics By Robert J. Rosania

Presentation BasicsIntroduction

Presentation Basics written by Robert J. Rosania is part of the ASTDs training basic series which attempts to demystify seemingly scary topics into easy bite-sized lessons so that anyone can “get it”. This book is written for new presenters and can also be used by experienced presenters to refresh their presentation skills. According to the author you should use this book if you are a:

  • Subject matter expert asked to share your knowledge about a new product line with your colleagues.
  • Team leader responsible for training team members to implement a new work process.
  • Novice training practitioner about to introduce a training module to improve performance.
  • New manager asked to share your plans for a division.
  • Beginning salesperson looking to influence organizational decision makers.

The ASTD training basic series have a set out structure with recognizable colours and layouts. So it comes as no surprise that the book has an attractive and colourful looking cover and a well structured layout with guiding icons, tables, diagrams, comment boxes with tips and worksheet exercises at the end of every chapter apart from the first and last ones. In my opinion this is an easy book to read and that is helped by it just being 131 pages long. The book is not just for potential presenters, but those involved in delivering classroom training. And dare I say those involved in virtual presentations online can learn a thing or two from it too. Continue reading