A great presentation requires a team of people who offer their advice, input, and skill. Writing and publishing a book is no different. It is very much a team effort.
The team at St. Martin’s Press is truly exceptional. My editor, Matt Martz, shared my passion for the topic right from the beginning. We were on the “same page” throughout the entire process. His guidance, feedback, and judgment helped me structure Talk Like TED into a narrative that I believe the reader will find informative, instructive, inspiring, and entertaining. I also wish to thank the many others at St. Martin’s Press who share my enthusiasm for this project. This is certainly not an exhaustive list, but I’d like to extend a special shout-out to: Sally Richardson, Dan Weiss, Laura Clark, Michelle Cashman, Mariann Donato, Michael Hoak, Kerry Nordling, Christy D’Agostini as well as Robert Allen and the dedicated team at Macmillan Audio.
Roger Williams, my literary agent and managing director at New England Publishing Associates, is more than a colleague. He’s a trusted friend, advisor, and mentor. Roger, thank you for your continued guidance and inspiration.
My speaking agents at BrightSight Group, Tom Neilssen and Les Tuerk, deserve special recognition. They’ve inspired me to share my ideas through keynote presentations at a wide range of conferences, meetings, and events. I’m forever grateful for their wonderful friendship and guidance. BrightSight itself relies on the work of an exceptional team of passionate experts and I thank each and every one of them—Cynthia Seeto, Christine Teichmann, Jeff Lykes, Michele DiLisio, and Marge Hennessy.
Carolyn Kilmer, Community Manager at Gallo Communications, is a big fan of TED presentations and enthusiastically dived into the research. She watched countless presentations to help categorize the talks, subjects, and techniques. Carolyn’s work helped to give structure to the vast amounts of material we had to analyze.
I’m especially proud of the deep science behind every technique. Each of these techniques are effective because they are based on how the brain works and how it processes and remembers information. My friend Danny Mourning is an attorney and former graduate research assistant in the field of communications. Danny was a sounding board and often pointed me in the right direction, putting me directly in touch with research professors or introducing me to novel academic papers on related subjects. Danny has an incredible passion for communicating ideas and I thank him for his insight.
The most important recognition must be reserved for my wife, Vanessa Gallo. Vanessa worked tirelessly to support the content of this book. She conducted exhaustive research, edited the manuscript prior to submission, and viewed hours of TED presentations. Her writing and editing expertise was invaluable. Vanessa’s background as an instructor in psychology at San Francisco State Universtiy also helped us to analyze the speakers for their body language, gestures, and verbal delivery. Vanessa’s unwavering belief in this topic and the value of these ideas fueled my passion and enthusiasm every day. How she juggles the management of our business and caring for our daughters, Josephine and Lela, is beyond me. Yet she does everything masterfully. She is truly my inspiration.
Special thanks to my family for their support: Tino, Donna, Francesco, Nick, Ken, and Patty. My mother, Giuseppina, will always have a special place in my heart along with my departed father, Franco, who taught me about faith, courage, and determination.