Jeremy Donovan has been a presentation/public speaking expert for 10 years, and he uses this experience to breakdown some of the best (and biggest) TED talks for practical advice. His approach is uniquely analytical, because he tackles this task with the idea that there are definitely formulas involved the “perfect” speech. For example, for every premise introduced, a great speaker will provide a proof. This book covers the staples: content preparation, a hefty portion of delivery advice, and even some design (although, he tends to recommend no slides at all).
If you have transformed even one life for the better, including your own, then you have the seed of an idea worth spreading.
Choose your persona based on whether your primary objective is to educate, entertain, or inspire.
Frame your idea worth spreading as an action-outcome response to a question worth asking.
Amazing things happen when you confine your speaking to a topic you are passionate about. Your nerves subside. You automatically build persuasive arguments. Stories roll off your tongue. And your delivery becomes an afterthought.
Determine whether you will deliver a story-driven or premise-driven narrative.
Alternatives: Share the viewpoint of adherents on one side of an issue. Share the viewpoint that supports the other side. Share your more enlightened view.
Remember that the first minute or two, perhaps even the first 10 or 20 seconds of your speech, is the peak of your audience’s engagement level.
Explicitly summarize your idea worth spreading in your conclusion.
The next time you speak, ask your audience to imagine at last twice.
You should practice a minimum of three times in a safe, feedback-rich environment.