Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds

By Carmine Gallo

I am surprised as I visit with people how many have not heard of TED. It stands for Tecnhnology, Entertainment, Design. Here is a brief description from their website:

“TED is a platform for ideas worth spreading. Started in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, TED today shares ideas from a broad spectrum — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independent TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.”

TO find out more about TED, visit

TED talks are the core of the site and conferences. They are short speeches – 18 min or less – that challenge listeners on a specific topic.

I am addicted.

I don’t always agree with them, but they always make me think.

This book examines the science of TED talks by looking at the elements of popular TED talks and identifying key elements.

The ideas presented are practical and really just a matter of common sense, but once again, unless a speaker learns to apply the ideas, they are not going to impact their speaking ability.

There are three main themes that tie it all together.
1. Making an emotional connection with the audience
2. Presenting a new or fresh idea
3. Creating a memorable moment that trigger retention

I really enjoy TED talks and I believe that any public speaker can benefit from incorporating some of the ideas into their presentations. Definitely worth buying if you do.

Quick Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Ocean at the end

I started “reading” this book during a road trip for work (I have an Audible membership – LOVE it.). Seven hours of driving in one day and I was so glad to have this story as my traveling companion. I arrived home around midnight and slept like rock, but the next morning I woke up thinking about it and wondering what happened. Later that afternoon, I broke down and headed to for the kindle edition for a little instant gratification and snuggled into my favorite reading chair to devour the rest of the story.


The Ocean at the End of the Lane is about a man who returns to his childhood home and rediscovers the truth of a series of events that happened there.


It is about good vs evil and ties reality and possibility together into a lovely reality.


It is magical.


I love the way the story is told through the eyes of a child and his perspective on the others in his world. It is a very descriptive story that had me munching on french bread and strawberry jam as I read through the afternoon. And the ending had me saying “of course.”


I enjoyed it so much, I bought two more books by a Neil Gaiman.


Definitely a fantasy-adventure with a walk on the supernatural side. The story is provoking, sad, sweet and satisfying. Thumbs up for me!



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