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Gill Graves "Author of Presenting Yourself With Impact" (UK)

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Resonate: Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences
Resonate: Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences
by Nancy Duarte
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.58

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Motivational stuff - how presentations should be, 3 Feb. 2011
I loved Resonate. The book is an example in itself as to how to motivate. The key message being that you need to engage not just minds but also the emotions and the way to do that is through storytelling. Nancy Duarte sketches out a timeline (she uses the term Sparkline) for presentations and illustrates how all great presentations go through various phases. By using this structure anyone can plan their presentation to ensure there are elements of contrast, elements of surprise and balance between pathos(emotion), ethos(respect) and logos(logic). The book is very US centric and all the examples are American but for me the message is universal. This book will be something you will dip into for inspiration time and time again.

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The Impact and Presence Pocketbook (Management Pocketbooks)
The Impact and Presence Pocketbook (Management Pocketbooks)
by Pam Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the cover, 28 Jan. 2011
This great little book does what it says on the cover: 'A pocketful of tips, tools and techniques to create 'brand you',build presence and achieve impact'. It is a pocketbook so you can dip in and out when you need a section. Naturally nothing is covered in depth but you can always find out more about topics that interest you. I liked the focus on - the inner thinking toolkit as so many presentation skills books only focus on techniques and using tools such as PowerPoint rather than taking a holistic approach.

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Your Total Coach: 50 ideas for inspiring personal and professional growth
Your Total Coach: 50 ideas for inspiring personal and professional growth
by Keith Nelson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 50 easy to read tips for coaching, 26 Jan. 2011
In 50 quick chapters Keith covers a wide range of topics from basic coaching ideas to advanced psychological techniques. This is a great book for dipping into for ideas and may lead you to wanting to find out more about some subjects.If you follow the ideas in this book you will be a better a coach.

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The Customer Is Bothering Me: How to Change Attitudes, Improve Results and Grow Your Bottom Line
The Customer Is Bothering Me: How to Change Attitudes, Improve Results and Grow Your Bottom Line
by Shelle Rose Charvet
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.50

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful hints and tips for service excellence, 13 Dec. 2010
The customer is bothering me is the impression I often get when so called 'customer service' staff handle my questions. This book provides a framework for customer service staff to better understand themselves and their customers by using Shelle Rose's proprietary system of identification of preferences. We are bombarded with billion of bits of data every second and so we have to have a way of filtering what is important to us. We therefor all have our own preferences in the way that we filter information and this is individual to each person - often leading to misunderstanding in a customer service scenario. The book walks through various preferences and various scenarios. For me at times it got a bit 'technical' and I wondered if I could remember in real time all the different options. However as 'eye opener' for most customer service staff I would say this book is a must.

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The Presentation Coach: Bare Knuckle Brilliance For Every Presenter
The Presentation Coach: Bare Knuckle Brilliance For Every Presenter
by Graham Davies
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great primer for structuring your presentation, 19 Nov. 2010
The Presentation Coach does what it says and coaches you through the essentials of structuring your next presentation. Graham emphasises the need to know your audience and plan in advance. The pipeline approach that he advocates encourages a process to build a great presentation. The need to have a micro-statement that encapsulates your whole argument is a great antedote to those presentations that have no focus. Like many of the reviews I see so many 'death by PowerPoint' presentations and Graham's insistence that "The single most important presentational tool known to man isn't a slideshow. It's you" is my mantra also.Buy the book.

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The NLP Pocketbook (The Pocketbook)
The NLP Pocketbook (The Pocketbook)
by Gillian Burn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite NLP book, 22 Oct. 2010
This is by far my favourite NLP book and I have recommended it countless times to my students and coachees. It distills the essence of NLP very clearly, very succintly into discreet, easy to remember chunks. It is probably best used as a refresher and reminder for those who have had some practical experience of NLP but it is equally good as a basic introduction to NLP.

It covers all the key NLP tools:The presuppositions behind NLP, Beliefs, Values, Language patterns, Logical levels of change, Anchors, Well formed outcomes etc.

It is low cost and a quick and easy read. Buy it.

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Winning Body Language: Control the Conversation, Command Attention, and Convey the Right Message without Saying a Word
Winning Body Language: Control the Conversation, Command Attention, and Convey the Right Message without Saying a Word
by Bowden
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do you know the Gesture Plane System?, 21 Oct. 2010
If you don't know about the gesture plane system then buy this book. Mark explains how gesturing in various different planes conveys non verbal messages. For example by keeping our hands in the 'truth plane' (roughly level with our navel) then people are more likely to buy into our suggestions.

By focussing on the gesture plane system, for me, there was not enough time spent on other aspects of presenting yourself with impact such as tone and language.

Overall well worth reading, if only to answer the question that I get asked most often in my presentation skills workshops - 'What should I do with my hands?'

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Jacked Up: The Inside Story of How Jack Welch Talked GE into Becoming the Worlds Greatest Company
Jacked Up: The Inside Story of How Jack Welch Talked GE into Becoming the Worlds Greatest Company
by Bill Lane
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good in parts, 20 Oct. 2010
'Jacked Up' uses Jack Welch's fame to get you interested but it is really a book about corporate communications. In particular it will help if you have to make presentations to senior people in an organisation. Bill Lane schooled countless GE employees in how to present with impact to Welch and the hints and tips Bill provides are equally applicable to corporate life today. In particular I liked his distaste for fancy technolgically complex 'shows' and his favouring for telling it well and telling it how it is.

I was less interested in the way Bill reminds us constantly of how important he was, his stock options,his six figure salary, his corporate jet trips, his corporate golf days etc. However having worked for American corporations in the 80s and 90s I recognise the culture absolutely.

Overall this book is very good in parts.

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Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (Voices That Matter)
Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (Voices That Matter)
by Garr Reynolds
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It does what it says on the cover!, 19 Oct. 2010
The cover says 'Simple ideas on presentation design and delivery' and Garr Reynolds follows his own rules in this book by providing a masterclass in presentation design and great tips on delivery.

I particular like the fact that PowerPoint is purely seen by Garr as one tool for presentation not 'the presentation'. I also like the messages about connecting with the audience emotionally and staying in the moment while presenting - to me the best presenters present with mind,body and soul - we have all sat through too many 'death by Powerpoint' presentations devoid of impact involving only facts.

A great book for dipping into whenever you have a presentation coming up.

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