By Jeremey Donovan
Published by McGraw-Hill Professional
Not all of us will have the opportunity to make a TED Talk, but most of us will need to speak publicly at some point in our lives. This book builds a platform for everyone to develop and present a speech.
The book includes more than 100 tips, which are explained with examples. The book is divided into four parts: Content, Delivery, Design and Journey as a Public Speaker. Within each of these parts are chapters covering a multitude of topics.
The first part is establishing your Content, with topics including: selecting, organising, crafting and concluding your talk. There are helpful hints along the way. I found the part of transitioning between parts of a talk particularly helpful.
The second part contains vital information around the Delivery. Projecting emotions, adding humour, and movement including moving around the stage and non-verbals.
The third part is around the extras that make a difference. Using slides and video to inspire, Using props and a lectern, and dressing for success.
The final part is around the journey of a public speaker. This contains information to inspire you to be selected to give a TED Talk, as well as promoting your TED video.
Jeremey Donovan is the founder and lead organizer of TEDxMillRiver that focused on revolutionary innovation. Jeremey is Group Vice President of Marketing at Gartner Inc., the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company with $1.6 billion in annual revenue.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who does any form of public speaking.
Thanks to Netgalley & McGraw-Hill Professional for my copy. This review can also be found on my blog,
Heath Henwood consults and speaks on Leadership, Strategic Planning and Management techniques. He has a Masters in Leadership, and is a Doctorial Candidate focusing on Leadership Development Strategies. He has extensive experience in private business and serves on several boards.