I really needed practical help with a presentation. I had got into such a state that I felt frozen - didn't know how to proceed beyond shuffling a set of Powerpoint slides backwards and forwards in the hope that a presentation would magically form from thin air. I didn't honestly think that a book could help me, but I thought I would give it a try and I'm so glad I did. This book is so simple to follow, and written in such a way that it almost feels as if the author is in the room coaching you and giving advice. Each step is easy enough to achieve on its own, so that as you move through the book you grow in confidence. Practical advice like how to organise the space in the room, and simple - and maybe obvious - tips, like where to stand, and how to get the attention of the audience really help you to feel that you can be in control of your presentation. Then the help with structuring the presentation (story boarding) and engaging the audience's attention (story telling) allow you to begin to build something that could be pretty powerful. By this stage I was getting quite excited and enthusiastic about the forthcoming presentation. I stopped fearing it, and actually started looking forward to it. There's even very useful advice towards the end on how to use Powerpoint - if you have to - properly, to enhance the presentation, rather than to bog it down.
This is quite the most useful advice I have ever received on how to present effectively, and it has already made me a far better and more confident speaker than I was before.