100 books like Talk Like Ted

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Here are 100 books that Talk Like Ted fans have personally recommended if you like Talk Like Ted. Shepherd is a community of 11,000+ authors and super readers sharing their favorite books with the world.

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Book cover of NLP at Work: The Difference that Makes the Difference

Jose Ucar Author Of Global Influence: How business leaders can simplify, improve, and amplify their international impact

From my list on supercharging your communication skills.

Why am I passionate about this?

When I first started traveling at 16, I struggled. It's not always easy to learn a new language, adapt to a different culture, and build connections. But as I got more comfortable and confident navigating through my new environment, things started to improve. I know what it’s like to start from scratch, to move to a new country, to develop and use my communication skills to move up the business ladder. This is why I now use my experience to speak, train, and coach people from a variety of countries and cultures on how to become impactful communicators, and have written a book on the importance of global communication skills. 

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Jose Ucar Why did Jose love this book?

Sue Knight's book has positively impacted my approach to communication, blending Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) with real-world applications. Knight's engaging style and practical insights, especially on 'Meta-messages,' have profoundly improved my communication skills.

This book is more than just theory; it's a practical guide that has made my interactions more effective and empathetic. Knight's passion for NLP shines through, making this a transformative read for anyone looking to enhance their communication prowess.

By Sue Knight,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked NLP at Work as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

'This book may help you to understand life more clearly' Paul Smith, fashion designer

Welcome to THE book on NLP. The essence of NLP is the ability to study and reproduce excellence in yourself and to support others to do the same. NLP AT WORK helps you do that by developing an attitude of curiosity, naivety and learning - and giving you the ability to improvise with skill in real-time.

Neuro Linguistic Programming is how you make sense of your world and, most importantly, how you make it what you want it to be:

* Neuro: the way you filter…


Book cover of Building a Storybrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen

Mike Michalowicz Author Of Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine

From my list on lead with confidence and grow a thriving business.

Why am I passionate about this?

By my 35th birthday, I had founded and sold two multi-million dollar companies…and proceeded to lose my entire fortune. I started all over again, driven to find better ways to grow healthy and strong businesses. I've devoted my life to the research and delivery of innovative, impactful entrepreneurial strategies to support the sustainability of businesses everywhere. My ultimate goal is to simplify entrepreneurship and help business owners avoid common pitfalls through keynote speaking and business authorship. It's all about serving!

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Mike Michalowicz Why did Mike love this book?

There’s no doubt you’ve heard of Don Miller by now, and rightfully so. His insight about business (and life - check out Hero on a Mission) is priceless. With Storybrand you get the formula to clarify your message so prospects know exactly how your business can serve them.

If you want to connect with your customers in a powerful way, Storybrand is a can’t miss business book.

By Donald Miller,

Why should I read it?

9 authors picked Building a Storybrand as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

More than half-a-million business leaders have discovered the power of the StoryBrand Framework, created by New York Times bestselling author and marketing expert Donald Miller. And they are making millions.

If you use the wrong words to talk about your product, nobody will buy it. Marketers and business owners struggle to effectively connect with their customers, costing them and their companies millions in lost revenue.

In a world filled with constant, on-demand distractions, it has become near-impossible for business owners to effectively cut through the noise to reach their customers, something Donald Miller knows first-hand. In this book, he shares…


Book cover of Energize: Make the Most of Every Moment

Jose Ucar Author Of Global Influence: How business leaders can simplify, improve, and amplify their international impact

From my list on supercharging your communication skills.

Why am I passionate about this?

When I first started traveling at 16, I struggled. It's not always easy to learn a new language, adapt to a different culture, and build connections. But as I got more comfortable and confident navigating through my new environment, things started to improve. I know what it’s like to start from scratch, to move to a new country, to develop and use my communication skills to move up the business ladder. This is why I now use my experience to speak, train, and coach people from a variety of countries and cultures on how to become impactful communicators, and have written a book on the importance of global communication skills. 

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Jose Ucar Why did Jose love this book?

Simon Alexander Ong's book has improved my approach to managing my energy, a skill that’s essential to communicating effectively. Ong's insights into optimizing daily rhythms and setting boundaries have improved my productivity and well-being. His practical steps for silencing the inner critic and focusing on health have been especially impactful, leading to a more energized and fulfilling life.

This book is a must-read for anyone looking to boost their energy levels and achieve their potential in today's fast-paced world, as you’ll communicate most effectively when you are completely energized and in rhythm. This book is not just a guide; it's the key to unlocking a more vibrant and purposeful life.

By Simon Alexander Ong,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Energize as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Winner of the 2023 Business Book Award for Wellness and Wellbeing

'This book is exactly what we need in this moment. With so many pulls and strains and stresses, Simon offers us simple steps for every one of us to indeed energize!' Simon Sinek, optimist and New York Times bestselling author of Start With Why

'Learning how to manage your energy changes your life. Don't just read this book, do it!' Marie Forleo, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Everything is Figureoutable

Your energy is everything: it is the fuel that drives your success and it gives you…


Book cover of Speak Influence Sell: Winning The Hearts and Minds of Your Ideal Clients Through Public Speaking

Jose Ucar Author Of Global Influence: How business leaders can simplify, improve, and amplify their international impact

From my list on supercharging your communication skills.

Why am I passionate about this?

When I first started traveling at 16, I struggled. It's not always easy to learn a new language, adapt to a different culture, and build connections. But as I got more comfortable and confident navigating through my new environment, things started to improve. I know what it’s like to start from scratch, to move to a new country, to develop and use my communication skills to move up the business ladder. This is why I now use my experience to speak, train, and coach people from a variety of countries and cultures on how to become impactful communicators, and have written a book on the importance of global communication skills. 

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Jose Ucar Why did Jose love this book?

This book provides great insights into speaking, turning it into a powerful tool for business growth. Kay's "Speakers’ Method" has equipped me with effective strategies to engage audiences and increase my influence. His practical advice is easily applicable, making public speaking a valuable asset for enhancing my profile and boosting sales.

This book is a must-read for anyone aiming to leverage speaking opportunities to their business advantage and establish themselves as an authority in their field.

By Elliot Kay,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Speak Influence Sell as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Imagine if every time you spoke in public, be it at a conference, event, webinar or zoom presentation, you had people queuing up to do business with you. With the right tools, public speaking can help you to increase your influence, grow your business and get you an ROI every time you speak. Beyond this, speaking helps you to be seen as a leading authority and go-to in your industry, becoming highly in demand as an individual, brand or company. Having successfully built various businesses, won awards and delivered over 7000 hours of speaking internationally, Elliot Kay understands in great…


Book cover of Speaking Up without Freaking Out: 50 Techniques for Confident and Compelling Presenting

Joel Schwartzberg Author Of Get to the Point! Sharpen Your Message and Make Your Words Matter

From my list on improving your presentation prowess.

Why am I passionate about this?

I began my journey in communications as a competitive public speaker in high school and college, culminating in a national championship. That experience inspired me to help others develop their public speaking and presentation skills, especially effective point-making, which is fundamental to communication success but rarely addressed by trainers. Nowadays, I’m thrilled to combine my skill, experience, and passion in my work as a speechwriter and speech coach for organizations ranging from American Express to State Farm Insurance, as well as a speechwriter for a major nonprofit and contributor to media outlets including Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Newsweek.

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Joel Schwartzberg Why did Joel love this book?

What’s unique and valuable about Matt’s book is his use of scientific research to explain what makes so many of us nervous about public speaking and—knowing those triggers and minefields —how to manage and overcome it.

The book is short, physically small, and focused, but brilliantly so because it reads like a manual and even an ally in your ear, giving you the tips and support you need to speak confidently. Matt includes many “Try This” recommendations and an awesome appendix that reviews a wide variety of physical and psychological anxiety-management techniques.

I have lots of highlight marks and circled sections in my copy, which is a surefire sign that a book is extremely practical. 

By Matthew Abrahams,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Speaking Up without Freaking Out as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

50 Scientifically-Supported Techniques to Create More Confident and Compelling Speakers

Speaking Up without Freaking Out by Matt Abrahams is an easy-to-read book containing over 50 anxiety management techniques that are based on scientifically supported theory and evidence that will help you become a more confident and compelling communicator regardless of where you present -- on stage, in a meeting or virtually.

Confident and compelling presenting involves a complicated mix of physiological and psychological factors. In the 3rd edition, this book provides specific guidance and opportunities to practice developing the skills you will need to feel more comfortable speaking in front…


Book cover of TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking

Anna Cley Author Of The Journey of the Heart

From my list on courage and the way of the heart.

Why am I passionate about this?

A few years ago, I asked my friends, family, and colleagues how they would describe me in three words. To my surprise, the word that kept coming back was “courage”. I was not sure what they meant then. I always felt that if I denied the calling in my heart, then I would die inside. I believe that to make the world a happier and better place, it starts with every one of us working toward our own happiness. It turns out the word “courage” originates its meaning in the Latin word “Cor” (heart). It all makes sense, doesn’t it? That’s why the journey of the heart (some would call it courage) matters so much to me.

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Anna Cley Why did Anna love this book?

Fun fact: public speaking ranks number 1 among human beings’ fears. Before death, heights, or any wild animal. Speaking in public exposes us to shame, failure, boredom, opposition, and so on. And with everything being recorded nowadays, there’s a great chance to leave indelible evidence of our performance somewhere. But regardless of their fear, millions of people want to share their ideas on stage. How to overcome this fear? With preparation. Lots of preparation, lots of patience, and the courage to ask for feedback, question ourselves, and edit our talk at will. Chris Anderson’s TED Talks is a brilliant resource. To anyone who wants to share a meaningful and impactful message, whether through speaking or writing, I can only recommend giving this book a go. It’s changed the way I write and introduce myself. Cherry on the cake: it’s really fun reading! 

By Chris Anderson,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked TED Talks as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In the New York Times-bestselling Ted Talks Chris Anderson, head of TED, reveals the inside secrets of how to give a first-class presentation. Where books like Talk Like TED and TED Talks Storytelling whetted the appetite, here is the official TED guide to public speaking from the man who put TED talks on the world's stage. 'Nobody in the world better understands the art and science of public speaking than Chris Anderson. He is absolutely the best person to have written this book' Elizabeth Gilbert.

Anderson shares his five key techniques to presentation success: Connection, Narration, Explanation, Persuasion and Revelation…


Book cover of Simply Speaking: How to Communicate Your Ideas with Style, Substance, and Clarity

Natalie Canavor Author Of Business Writing for Dummies

From my list on writing persuasive messages that win what you want.

Why am I passionate about this?

Early in my career I landed a job as a magazine editor. Shazam! I could publish my own articles! But I discovered that I actually had no idea how to write anything interesting, English major though I’d been. So I began to figure out what makes writing work. Over decades as a journalist, corporate communicator, and consultant, I did learn. I also saw colleagues miss their best opportunities, even screw up their lives, by writing badly—unpersuasively. And a mission was born: to share the tools and techniques of powerful communication. I’ve created dozens of workshops for businesspeople and professionals, taught graduate students, and now happily author books jammed with practical advice. 

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Natalie Canavor Why did Natalie love this book?

Why do I recommend a book on speechwriting? For the same reasons my book covers spoken communication. Good speeches base on the written word and in turn, yield many lessons for all writers. For example, “sayability” is a hallmark of writing that works, and a good way to check yourself. Noonan’s book also reminds us of what matters most: Deciding what you want to say—the substance. Fancy language never camouflages empty thought. Rather than trying to manipulate people, reach them with sincerity and specific language that’s “simple, unadorned, direct, declarative.” Noonan recommends appealing to the brain with logic. Psychologists, meanwhile, stress that we make most decisions based on emotion—but I think both are right: Persuasive writing reaches both heart and mind. 

By Peggy Noonan,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Simply Speaking as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Advice from Peggy Noonan:"The most moving thing in a speech is its logic. It's not the flowery words or flourishes, it's not the sentimental exhortations, it's never the faux poetry we're all subjected to these days. It's the logic behind your case. A good case well argued and well said is inherently moving. It shows respect for the brains of the listeners. There is an implicit compliment in it. It shows you're a serious person and understand that you are talking to other serious people.

No speech should last more than 20 minutes. Why? Because Ronald Reagan said so. Reagan…


Book cover of TED Talks Storytelling: 23 Storytelling Techniques from the Best TED Talks

Bernie De Souza Author Of Getting "Yes" Decisions: What insurance agents and financial advisors can say to clients.

From my list on closing skills for insurance agents and network marketers.

Why am I passionate about this?

I see salesmen talking and selling, but never being able to close. They use outdated techniques from 30 years ago. The world now is over exposed and over marketed to. Buyers are more sophisticated. We have to change.

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Bernie De Souza Why did Bernie love this book?

Simple lessons on storytelling structure. Plus the book is short and entertaining because of the stories and the backgrounds.

We don’t need a complicated 12-step Hero’s Journey story structure for selling. Our prospects won’t have the time for our prose, and we can’t command the attention like a hundred dollar movie production. Instead, we have to engage our prospects’ imagination fast.

Storytelling is a great way to sell to our prospects.

By Akash Karia,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked TED Talks Storytelling as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

"Every speaker can put these ideas into practice immediately -- and they should!" ~ Dr. Richard C. Harris, Certified World Class Speaking Coach

"An insightful read" ~Dennis Waller, Top 500 Reviewer

"Superb communication advice" ~ Larry Nocella


MASTER THE ONE THING ALL GREAT TED TALKS HAVE IN COMMON

What is the secret to delivering a great TED talk?

What is the magic ingredient that makes a TED talk captivating?

And more importantly, how can you use those secrets to make your presentations more powerful, dynamic and engaging?

To try to answer these questions, I studied over 200 of the best…


Book cover of The Art of Storytelling: Easy Steps to Presenting an Unforgettable Story

Margaret Read MacDonald Author Of Teaching with Story: Classroom Connections to Storytelling

From my list on storytelling for teachers.

Why am I passionate about this?

I am passionate about the importance of telling stories in the classroom. My career has been as a children’s librarian in public libraries, but with much time spent telling stories in schools. My daughter and her husband followed in my footsteps as storytellers and found that using storytelling in the classroom has so many benefits. We all offer workshops for teachers, write articles encouraging storytelling, and try in any way possible to grow the corps of teachers who discover this joyful addition to the classroom.

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Margaret Read MacDonald Why did Margaret love this book?

This book is written specifically for those telling stories in religious settings. However, the advice on learning and presenting stories is so clearly and usefully presented, that I would suggest this as a good read for anyone hoping to share stories with children. If you are planning to tell stories in a religious setting, this is definitely your go-to book.

By John Walsh,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Art of Storytelling as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Can you captivate an audience with your story?

Many of us would love to hold the attention of a crowd, a classroom, or just a group of our friends by telling them a great story. We have felt the pressure of a public presentation or the disappointment of telling a story that others ignore. We are ready to be heard, ready to captivate.

In The Art of Storytelling, John Walsh takes us through the steps to presenting a compelling story—outlining the strategies that helped him move from stutterer to storyteller. This book will help any person with a story to…


Book cover of From Page to Stage: Inspiration, Tools, and Public Speaking Tips for Writers

Mary Helen Sheriff Author Of Launch Pad: The Countdown to Marketing Your Book

From my list on authors who want to sell more books.

Why am I passionate about this?

I believe that people need stories and book marketing done well can help readers find the stories they need to craft a more hope-filled, compassionate, and meaningful life. The authors I meet are sharp and creative, but many don’t have experience with book marketing. I find coaching authors to amplify their platforms is a rewarding way to support the community. My front-row seat to watching my clients’ dreams become reality is so inspiring. This book was a collaboration of book marketing experts, whom I admire, and I was so honored they agreed to share their insights with our readers. 

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Mary Helen Sheriff Why did Mary Helen love this book?

Public speaking is one of the best marketing tools for authors. Good speakers sell books and can often supplement their incomes through paid speaking gigs.

From Page to Stage helped me hone my speaking points. It is loaded with tips to help even the most shy of authors give a good talk. The author is a psychotherapist who has worked with many clients to overcome their fear of public speaking. I loved that this book was written specifically for authors, and so it directly addressed the types of events and talks common in the book industry. 

By Betsy Graziani Fasbinder,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked From Page to Stage as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In this accessible, straightforward book, seasoned author Betsy Graziani Fasbinder offers readers the why, what, and how of public speaking, along with exercises and resources to support ongoing learning. She provides inspiration and encouragement to help writers to overcome their fears of public speaking, but she doesn't stop there; she also lays out the practical, nuts-and-bolts tools they need to select, deselect, and arrange the content of what to say when they're on a podium, in an interview, or in casual conversations about their writing, and includes a model for handling challenging questions from interviewers and audience members with confidence…


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