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on 23 March 2009
Many people would rather try to flush a snarling bobcat down the toilet than give a speech. Indeed, individuals often rate public speaking as a primary fear. Delivering a speech summons the same jacked-up "fight or flight" response that animals depend upon to survive predator attacks. Your breathing rate shoots through the roof. You cannot think clearly. You are suddenly in severe physical crisis. Unfortunately, when you give a speech, you cannot fight your way out of trouble or run away from it. Instead, you must somehow stand there calmly, and speak in a coherent, compelling fashion. Premier speaking coach Jerry Weissman shows how to quell those stressful feelings. In this clearly written book - which features an attractive design that makes his examples particularly easy to follow - he provides a comprehensive set of public speaking techniques to help you win over any audience. getAbstract is glad to speak up for this book and its fascinating case histories about famous speakers, including an insightful analysis of the fateful 1960 U.S. presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon. History might have been different if Nixon had read Weissman's book before he went on TV. If you hope to rise in sales or business, not to mention politics, you must be able to give a great presentation - this book will show you how.
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on 7 July 2009
As a veteran presenter (and one who has received great compliments for my presentational style) I bought this book from a recommendation on Nancy Duarte's blog. The book is superb. It has simple and usable direction to improve your presentational style.
The author's illustration of his points with video helps cement his points. His use of Obama's style (right up to his inauguration) makes the material seem fresh and highly relevant.
Having completed the book in three sittings I am left with several clear directions that I shall be applying to my own style.
Recommended.
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