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How to Deliver a TED Talk: Secrets of the World's Most Inspiring Presentations, revised and expanded new edition, with a foreword by Richard St. John and an afterword by Simon Sinek by Jeremey Donovan

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FOREWORD

Most forewords are dedicated to singing the praises of authors and their books. Jeremey and his book certainly deserve it! However, he felt that you would be better served if I shared with you the story behind my first TED Talk.1 My passion is helping people succeed, so I am thrilled to oblige.

I have attended 20 TED Conferences, starting in 1994. It became my annual pilgrimage to see fascinating speakers and to be immersed in ideas worth spreading. For years I was strictly a listener, far too shy to talk to any of the big names. Back then, few people even knew the conference existed. When I said I was going to TED, the usual response was, “Ted who?”

Then in 1998 I’m on a plane on my way to TED, and in the seat next to me is a teenage ...

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