Carmine Gallo stopped by Duarte for a chat about his new book, “Talk Like TED,” and shared some key presentation skills that help improve presentations. Here they are

Presentation Skills: Find your passion

“You can’t inspire anyone else unless you’re truly inspired yourself.” Carmine dedicates a whole chapter in his book to passion. He’s a self-professed communications nerd, who admits he used to go to the law library to read Vital Speeches. (He was happy to learn that the magazine is still around!)

Tell compelling stories

After working in news, Carmine realized that the people who always got the repeat interviews, weren’t always the experts, but the ones who told better stories that resonated with the public. They were better communicators. He’s worked with many executives who have amazing stories, but simply needed to learn how to tell them a more compelling way. He stated that stories accounted for 65% of the content in the best TED talks.

Be authentic

Carmine found that speakers who seemed to be having more fun also seemed to have more genuine talks. You can’t be someone you’re not, whether speaking in public, to your business colleagues or to a potential client. So the goal is to be the best presenter you can be. The more you rehearse, the more you internalize the content, which allows you to have more fun and be more authentic.

I’m still bummed I didn’t write the book, but I’m so glad Carmine did. Purchase the book for more great insights!

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