Jeremey Donovan – How to deliver a TED Talk

How to deliver a TED talkHow To Deliver A TED Talk: Secrets Of The World’s Most Inspiring Presentations” is a complete public speaking guide for creating presentations that inspire others through your story. Yes, don’t think you don’t have an idea worth spreading. But, don’t try to tell your complete life in that 18 minutes slot, think audience-centric, focus on the lesson or takeway for them, and then work backwards. Donovan studied a lot of  popular TEDTalks (which are on Youtube for your entertainment and learning experience) and provides this step-by-step playbook to help you deliver a TEDTalk yourself or any other effective presentation.

The author pays attention to the selection of the topic, a attractive title, the structure (opening, body, closing), but also additional, but essential success factors, like the use of humor, your body language, slides (if any), images, pace and the need to practice. Donovan doesn’t forget to start off with the 10 commandments for every TED speaker and the importance of the introduction by the emcee or host. He frequently points you to great TEDTalks to show you how the  world’s most inspiring presentation are being delivered. This book is a great learning resource, for both aspiring presenters as well as experienced ones still open for correction and improvement.

About the Author

Jeremey Donovan is Group Vice President of Marketing at Gartner Inc., the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company with $1.1 billion in annual revenue. During his career, Jeremey has held a variety of individual contributor and general management roles in the semiconductor industry and the information services business. He has led successful teams focused on market research, new product development, marketing, acquisitions, and product management. Jeremey is also organizer of a TEDx event, an avid public speaker, and long time member of Toastmasters International.

If you want to see and hear Donovan deliver his own TEDTalk, please watch his 2012 TEDx Asylum Hill presentation Why we fail to innovate.