30: Great Speakers are MADE, not Born: in Conversation with Carmine Gallo

January 25, 2024

30: Great Speakers are MADE, not Born: in Conversation with Carmine Gallo

Jacqueline has a powerful conversation with bestselling author and communication coach Carmine Gallo as he dives into his lifelong obsession with understanding what makes powerful and persuasive communication. 

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What transforms an idea into a movement? How do speeches stir emotions that change hearts and minds? In this episode of the Speaker Driven podcast, Jacqueline has a powerful conversation with bestselling author and communication coach Carmine Gallo as he dives into his lifelong obsession with understanding what makes powerful and persuasive communication. 

Carmine spent 15 years as an on-air journalist and producer, honing his ability to translate complex issues into compelling narratives – discovering his gift for empowering any expert to communicate their big ideas influentially.

Now a sought-after keynote speaker and presentation coach, Carmine deconstructs rhetorical techniques that drive change. He’s decoded how innovators like Steve Jobs and Martin Luther King Jr. crafted speeches and product launches that inspired action.

Gain a new appreciation for the hard work and deliberate practice required to become a masterful communication and discover why Carmine believes storytelling skills create meaning and impact across every industry and field.

WHAT YOU’LL DISCOVER IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Who is Carmine Gallo and how he entered the world of writing and coaching (01:20)
  • The value of excellent communication skills in business (06:56)
  • The importance of being able to distil complex ideas into something simple and easily understandable for most people (09:02)
  • The value of storytelling in complex and technical spaces (11:00)
  • How Steve Jobs translated the technicalities of the iPod into something consumers will understand (14:41)
  • Carmine’s 4 questions to get to the core of who you are and what your message is (17:24)
  • One of the TED commandments: Thou shalt tell a story (23:52)
  • How some of the world’s best speakers worked on their skills (28:09)
  • The importance of humour in storytelling (33:04)
  • What made JFK’s speech about going to the moon irresistibly persuasive? (38:40)
  • What rhetoric is all about and why it really matters from a speaking perspective:  Aristotle’s ethos, logos, and pathos (43:31)
  • Carmine’s favourite storytelling tools (45:51)
  • What Carmine loves about TED Talks (47:17)
  • What makes a TED Talk powerful (49:19)
  • Questions Carmine asks someone who decides to do a TED Talk to make sure they’re ready to go (52:34)
  • 6 quick questions for Carmine (56:56)

QUOTES

“If you want to get buy-in for your project … you have to be able to translate what you do to different audiences. And if you can’t, that can hold you back in so many ways,” – Carmine Gallo

“Facts alone, information alone is not enough. We have to be connected with each other on an emotional level … There is a tactic, there is a tool that we have, that we’ve used for hundreds of 1000s of years to connect with people: Story.” – Carmine Gallo

“Every great public speaker who I’ve written about or who I’ve met, was made, not born. It takes practice, but you can get there.” – Carmine Gallo

RESOURCES

Winston Churchill

Steve Jobs

Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs by Carmine Gallo

Interview with Annie Kritcher

Martin Luther King: I Have a Dream Speech

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Adolf Hitler

Brené Brown 

Sir Ken Robinson

Jerry Seinfeld

The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings on Authenticity, Connection and Courage by Brené Brown

Five Stars: The Communication Secrets to Get from Good to Great by Carmine Gallo

JFK, Moon Landing, 1963, Rice University

Aristotle

Bryan Stevenson

Susan Cain

CARMINE GALLO is a three-time Wall Street Journal bestselling author, internationally popular keynote speaker, Harvard instructor, and communication advisor for the world’s most admired brands. A “communications guru,” according to Publishers Weekly, Gallo’s books have been translated into more than 30 languages. He delivers highly customized, engaging, inspiring, and actionable multimedia keynotes based on his international bestsellers: Talk Like TED, The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, and The Storyteller’s Secret, among others. In June, 2018, Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press will publish Gallo’s ninth book, Five Stars: The Communication Secrets to Get from Good to Great. In his book, Gallo argues that good isn’t good enough in the age of ideas. As the combined forces of globalization, artificial intelligence and automation disrupt every field and every career, the persuaders are irreplaceable and irresistible. Gallo shows brands and individuals how to master the ancient art of persuasion to stand out in the modern world.

Gallo is one of the most influential voices in communication, business and leadership. Gallo has been called “a master raconteur” by Worth Magazine and has “built a career sharing secrets we can all learn from,” according to ABC’s 20/20. He has also been featured on CNBC, MSNBC, Bloomberg TV, and in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Costco Connection, and Success Magazine. Gallo has built a reputation for transforming leaders into powerful storytellers and communicators at the world’s largest brands including: Accenture, Allstate, Apple, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Chevron, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Disney, Ford, Google, HCA Health, Hyundai, Intel, Kaiser, KPMG, LinkedIn, McKinsey, Medtronic, Microsoft, Pfizer, Salesforce, SAP, Walmart, and many others. Gallo’s books are also required reading at some of the highest levels of the U.S. military where leaders are training the next generation of team commanders.

Gallo’s books have been endorsed by a who’s who of billionaires and business leaders such as Howard Schultz, Marc Benioff, Tony Hsieh, Daniel Pink, and Barbara Corcoran. In addition to playing a role in shaping the messages behind products that touch your life every day, Carmine Gallo is an instructor of storytelling and communication at Harvard University. He also writes popular columns for Forbes.com and Inc.com

WHERE TO FIND CARMINE GALLO

Website: https://www.carminegallo.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carminegallo/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/carminegallospeaker

Twitter: http://twitter.com/carminegallo

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp3oIDNnlC53lIHTc7AK04Q

WHERE TO FIND JACQUELINE NAGLE

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