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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 25 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 20 Dec. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AR04EAA
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The Art of Speeches and Presentations: The Secrets of Making People Remember What You Say Audiobook – Unabridged
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Much of this material is available elsewhere, and the writing isn't 'gripping' - but then how would you make this subject exciting? The benefit is that this one book probably would do instead of 2 or 3 others.
What this book does deliver is a reasoned and practical set of guidelines which will help any public speaker, preacher, teacher or communicator. The layout is helpful and the 'do nots' are just as helpful as the 'dos'.
His section on 'editing' is a vital read and his emphasis on personalisation is excellent too.
The title is important because the author is not trying to make a science out of public speaking - this is definitely about releasing your creativity (within helpful boundaries) and producing ART.
Probably as good a book on the subject as you could wish to buy!
I particularly like the way he not only covers what you should do, he also covers the opposite- why you shouldn't do what you shouldn't do (if that makes sense!). He uses credible examples from history, and makes great recommendations.
As you can tell, like this book, and recommend it.
It's worth comparing this book with Max Atkinson's Lend Me Your Ears. Atkinson's theory is that you have to use specific techniques to stop the audience falling asleep, which they will naturally do when released from the conventions of conversation. It's encouraging to have different schools of British speechwriters. With this level of debate, there's no reason for our public figures to be boring and there should be plenty of work for expert speechwriters.
In my business (an IT and design company)I have to give and listen to many presentations. I have not really changed my style much since I was a student as I seemed to be doing fine. However, technology and perception has moved on so I thought it was about time I got back up to speed.
I have never fallen into the ever so common trap of presenting everything in PowerPoint. I think it has its place for things like graphs and tables but I have seen so many PowerPoint presentations read out word for word and consequently failed miserably.
This book concentrates on the mechanics of speech and presentation writing and is a gold mine of information for anyone needed to present or speak. The book deals with every aspect of structure, emphasis and getting your message right first time to the audience. There is a fair amount about the psychology that goes on when trying to get your argument across and this is very useful, I call it reading the audience. I seem to be doing it right which is a relief after all these years!
I suppose looking a students presenting to me for a job or a placement in a creative business the main problems have been nerves, confidence and lack of research on why they are doing the presentation along with using PowerPoint and every feature in it which is distracting. In my opinion presentation skills have dropped over the years because many presenter put too much emphasis on the technology rather than the message they want to give. If you fall into this category this book will sort you out and help design a focused and eloquent presentation or speech.
Many examples of good and bad communication are given with excepts from speeches and presentations to guide the reader. How to use your body language to your advantage is explained well along with using the tone of your voice to make succinct points. Although the book is short with just over 200 pages it certainly gets to the point and will be invaluable to students of all disciplines and business people whether chasing contracts or trying to convince a bank manager for a loan.
Overall a great book that will help anyone giving a speech or presentation get the message across in a coherent way. After reading it I am happy to report I am doing most of it right but I did learn a few new tricks on the way. Well worth a read.