Brilliant Presentation: What the best presenters know, say and do Paperback – 30 Jan 2007
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Brilliant Presentation was picked as the "best of its kind" in Management Today in November '07:
'Hall combines a tool-kit, critical pointers and presentation anecdotes from stars in this excellent book. Well-structured and thoughtfully laid outBrilliant Presentation gives tips for presenters at all levels from novice to expert. Advice includes boosting self-confidence by proclaiming 'I feel totally shameless today.' Rock on!'
From the Back Cover
Presenting most of us try to avoid it and when we have to do it, its usually a case of surviving the experience. But in todays working world, as much as we try to avoid it and simply get through it, its a fact of life presenting is a core business skill and we are expected to be good at it. For the majority of us who arent natural presenters, this poses a huge problem: how do we learn to present and get good at it?
Brilliant Presentation is your answer. No matter what your current level is, you can teach yourself to be a good, if not brilliant, presenter. Every aspect of presenting is covered, so that you learn not only the nuts and bolts of putting a presentation together, but also the art of presentation performance.
Whatever presenting stage you are at, Brilliant Presentation is packed full of tried and tested techniques, secrets from the most accomplished presenters and, most importantly, lots and lots of encouragement to turn you into a brilliant presenter the journey starts here
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There are better books out there.
The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience
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It will do your presentations (and thereby your career) the world of good.
However, the book does have SOME useful information, if you can get past the pompous style of the author who seems to think that using big words to explain simple concepts makes him sound more intelligent, despite the fact the he advises clarity over complexity as a key part of good presentations.
I found this book quite annoying with very little insightful information worth underlining. The author's style is just all over the place and at times quite boring and pointless to be perfectly honest. He also tells of how he once ate "half an Airwick solid air-freshner in front of an astonished account team to prove how pure and safe it was" "I remember feeling so strongly that there had never been a better bluer loo cleaner" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA What a passionate individual. This book is surreal
While many other books on presentations give advice on how to research an audience and the importance of practice, this one gives really good advice on how to pull together your slide presentation. By nature I am quite a wordy person (ie I write slides that are quite wordy), but this book gives solid advice on how to condense the words down and how to include pictures and images that really bring a presentation to life.
If you are already have done a bit of presenting, then this book is probably the very best book I've come across on how to hone your presentation skills.
I think many people will devour the wealth of information and he rightly steers clear of being an expert in all areas - so he advocates getting voice training for example rather than trying to put vocal techniques into print himself. (That's for the likes of me!)
His mantra is PREPARATION and in this he is thorough as one would expect and of course you need to PRACTISE.
How to use power point is given a large amount of time and the overall feeling is that anyone can improve their skills and indeed how necessary it is to be striving for the next level. As a performer myself I realised how much is aligned to what I do and how much pefromers can offer to the business market.
The author gives good advice but it's a bit dull, it doesn't inspire you to leap up on stage and talk which I think is where it fails. It doesn't excite.
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