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Teach Yourself the Clinton Factor: Communicating with Charisma [Paperback]

David Gillespie , Mark Warren
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30 May 2008 Teach Yourself

Public speaking, communication and presenting with power can all be terrifying prospects, however experienced you become, and cultivating a charismatic persona in our working lives is a priceless skill. This is a humorous and incisive piece of observation by Dave Gillespie and Mark Warren which demonstrates the right and wrong level of status to adopt for our business lives. Whilst remaining fun, The Clinton Factor is an enlightening read that concentrates on three areas of communicating in which Bill Clinton excels: STORY: Does Bill tell a good story? He certainly does but this is not just about little fibs or great whoppers! The Clinton Factor outlines storytelling as our basic language and focuses on the technical aspects of structure, flow, edit and journey. Learn how to have faith in your material - if you do not believe in your story don't tell it! STATUS: Adopting the right level of status to communicate effectively is crucial. We don't want to apologise for ourselves but on the other had we don't want to appear aloof or arrogant - hitting the middle channel that Clinton does makes us open, receptive and strong. FOCUS: When we see Clinton speak we feel that he is sharing something of himself with us - this is partly because of his level of status but it is also because of his clever management of his audience's focus. Including a fascinating discussion of 'Stanislavski's Circle's of Concentration', and taking lessons from some leading Hollywood method actors and many famous performances, this really is a unique approach to honing your communication skills as well as a gripping read.

Lively, engaging and practical, with fascinating references to famous politicians, actors and seminal films this book shows you how to communicate like the greats and to gain confidence in every aspect of your life.


Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself (30 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340966394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340966396
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 746,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Few people could fail to acknowledge that Bill Clinton is one of the world's greatest communicators and one of the finest public speakers of our time - if you want to learn how to communicate and present with the same skill, power and charisma, then this is the book for you!

About the Author

The actor, David Gillespie and writer, Mark Warren have many acting and writing credits between them in TV, film and stage.

They are also partners in The Speechworks, which specialises in one-to-one presentation skills training for public figures, sports personalities, board directors and senior executives.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking good read! 24 Jun 2008
How refreshing to find a book on communication that keeps you interested from page one to the end. Focussing on SSF (story, status and focus), the authors steer us through the minefield of presentations, the pitfalls to avoid and techniques for success, backing up their narrative with anecdotes and examples from the world of acting. The book ends with examples of Clinton's memorable speeches (plus a chapter on the dreaded Powerpoint presentation!) The book is laid out clearly with points to remember at the end of each chapter to consolidate what has been read. I found the use of Stanislavski's acting techniques particularly helpful and it is difficult not to get carried along by the enthusiasm that the authors have for sharing their information with the reader. If only this book had been around when I started doing presentations - I know a few people I'll be giving this book to as a present! I recommend this book to anyone involved in, or scared of, public speaking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 16 April 2010
Excellent book, tons of good examples and a lot of reminders of "how to get it right"
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