Last month, I had the honor of attending a TEDx event in Chula Vista.
One of the best speakers that day was William Hung, the American Idol contestant of “She Bangs” fame, who is now an international keynote speaker.
The strong storytelling techniques that he used in his TEDx talk can also be applied to writing books.
In case you don’t know
about William Hung, he came to fame on American
Idol for his embarrassingly bad and off-tune singing. The judges axed him.
But in that moment of failure, he told Simon Cowell with all sincerity, “I
already gave my best and I have no regrets at all.” That won over audiences and
landed him a record contract.
William Hung She Bangs Video credits to Don Chin, video owner
At TEDx Chula Vista, William spoke on, “Happiness is a Choice.”
Here’s the 5
effective storytelling tips to make your talk stand out:
When authors are willing to be goofy and make fun of themselves in their books, readers love it.
William has turned his TEDx talk into a book, which launches this year.
Do you have inspiring messages, a talk—TEDx or otherwise—that you want to turn into a book? Or do you have a book that you want to turn into a TEDx talk?
We have helped many professional speakers turn their talks into books. And vice versa.
Would you like to explore possibilities for your book?
I’d love to chat. Feel free to choose a time here.
No matter how awkward or embarrassing your experiences may have been, you can still turn it into a successful book.
by Helen Chang, ABM Editorial Director
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