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"You don't have to put on your presentation suit or your presentation personality" - being you is all you'll ever need. What a
on 7 May 2009
"You don't have to put on your presentation suit or your presentation personality" - being you is all you'll ever need. What a welcome relief to hear this from the authors. As a voice coach and presentation skills trainer, this is something I always encourage.
My personal feeling is that this book is not for the novice presenter, but it does offer a different and powerful approach to the art of presentation, through NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming). I would also say that some prior knowledge of NLP would be useful.
The book does offer undeniable advice, but it would be a challenge for any reader, sitting alone trying to figure it all out. I felt a practical course (on Presenting using NLP) is nearly imperative with this book. This is a book you'll dip in and out of over your presenting career.
What is the theme of the book?
The author describes the NLP approach to presenting as an attitude of mind rather than a set of techniques. The key message they strive to communicate throughout the book is encouraging "a presenter to be comfortable with being themselves. The book also explores and challenges the reader on personal limiting beliefs. Readers are questioned about that "fear" of presenting and we are given an insight into addressing insecurities and fears. This book at times is very thought provoking.
What I found valuable - Presence, Energy, Rapport
The book offers powerful techniques on how to establish strong presence, and positive energy with an audience. I thought the techniques on mental and physical preparation were excellent. I liked the sense of "being at one with the room. There is great insight into rapport, and audience connection.
Something different - Language & Structure
The book introduces an interesting angle on language usage (using NLP). If you are curious about the language skills of charismatic presenters you'll find some highly interesting insights in these chapters. Presenters are encouraged to develop presentations using metaphors, and are advised towards a simplistic approach to language, structure and content - "most of the big things in life are simple".
I'd recommend this book to experienced presenters or people who already have a basic understanding of NLP.