Give a Great Speech

Courtesy of Carmine Gallo's Talk Like TED

Unleash the Master Within

Science shows that passion is contagious, literally. You cannot inspire others unless you are inspired yourself. You stand a much greater chance of persuading and inspiring your listeners if you express an enthusiastic, passionate, and meaningful connection to your topic.

Master the Art of Storytelling

Bryan Stevenson, the speaker who earned the longest standing ovation in TED history, spent 65 percent of his presentation telling stories. Brain scans reveal that stories stimulate and engage the human brain, helping the speaker connect with the audience and making it much more likely that the audience will agree with the speaker's point of view.

Have a Conversation

Practice. True persuasion occurs only after you have built an emotional rapport with your listeners and have gained their trust. If your voice, gestures, and body language are incongruent with your words, your listeners will distrust your message. It's the equivalent of having a Ferrari (a magnificent story) without knowing how to drive (delivery).

Teach Me Something New

The human brain loves novelty. An unfamiliar, unusual, or unexpected element in a presentation intrigues the audience, jolts them out of their preconceived notions, and quickly gives them a new way of looking at the world.

Deliver Jaw-Dropping Moments

Jaw-dropping moments create what neuro-scientists call an emotionally charged event, a heightened state of emotion that makes it more likely your audience will remember your message and act on it.

Lighten Up

Humor lowers defenses, making your audience more receptive to your message. It also makes you seem more likable, and people are more willing to support someone they like.

Stick to the Time Limit

It is long enough to be serious and short enough to hold people's attention.

Paint a Mental Picture with Multisensory Experiences

Remember, the brain does not pay attention to boring things. It's nearly impossible to be bored if you're exposed to mesmerizing images, captivating videos, intriguing props, beautiful words, and more than one voice bringing the story to life.

Stay in Your Lane

Most people can spot a phony. If you try to be something you're not, you fail to gain the trust of your audience. This comes back to preparing. You will not be able to hide unpreparedness.