Confessions of a Public Speaker Hardcover – 14 Nov 2009
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Scott Berkun tells it like it is. Whether you're speaking to 10 people or 1000 people, you will gain insights to take your presentation skills to the next level. It's a rare book that will make you think AND laugh. -- Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos.com--Tony Hsieh
About the Author
Scott Berkun is the bestselling author of The Myths of Innovation,and Making Things Happen. His work as a writer and public speaker haveappeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Wired Magazine, Fast Company, Forbes Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and other media. He has taught creative thinking at the University of Washington and has been a regular commentator on CNBC, MSNBC and National Public Radio. His many popular essays and entertaining lectures can be found for free on his blog at www.scottberkun.com.
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The empathy arose from the approach he as taken, which is an unapologetic personal take on his journey to become a competent presenter. I found this quite refreshing. In fact, in his notes towards the end of the book, he comes clean about the power of storytelling, even though he didn't include a specific chapter or section on it.
So this is no dry, systematic treatise on the obvious mechanics of presenting - eye contact, posture, and so on - although most of the main elements are touched on at some point. No, here the reader finds lived experiences written with the visceral relevance of someone who has found himself speaking in all kinds of unpredictable contexts, written sometimes in a self-deprecating and irreverent style.
I will be recommending this to my colleagues in pearcemayfield.
"Confessions of a Public Speaker" helps push away the anxiety. Using a lot of humour, many personal stories and a healthy dose of research, Scott educates the reader on how to construct a great talk or presentation, preparing properly, harnessing the "attack of the butterflies" in a positive way and many other tips and techniques for delivering a great performance.
The book is warmly written, giving many examples of how Scott has gone wrong over the years and is thus approachable for everyone - particularly those who lack confidence when speaking in front of a crowd. My copy is much dog-eared and underlined and every time I present I come back to it.
Scott Berkun launches into Confessions of a Public Speaker at great speed with a hugely entertaining chapter on why public speaking really isn't as scary as we say it is. Using stats and surveys to prove that you really wouldn't "rather die than speak in public". Multiple times I was given strange glances by my significant other due to my laughing out loud.
By Chapter 4 I found I was no longer laughing. The entertainment factor had gone. It was no longer the advertised "... unique, entertaining, and instructional romp through the embarrassments and triumphs Scott has experienced over 15 years of speaking...". It was at this point that I felt `Confessions of a Public Speaker' may be an incorrect title, it had become a run-of-the-m
One third of the book is made up of appendicies. These appendices are generally just repeats of the main segment. Ironically Scott teaches you to not waste your audience's time. Treat them with respect and keep them interested with important information they want to know. So to have one appendix focus on how many m&m's he ate while writing the book made me wonder if he practiced what he preached. The actual section containing real confessions of public speakers is also relegated to an appendix, again making me wonder if this is the correct title.
If you are looking to improve your public speaking I could only recommend this book as an accompaniment to a book on constructing and delivering an argument.
There were also a few errors in the kindle version entered by the publisher.Read more ›
At the end of the book Berkun added a bibliography, in which he lists quite a number of other books about public speaking and learning. This is really helpful if you want to know more, but also as a theoretical background to what Berkun writes in this book. This book is pragmatic and practical, and thus very useful for all people who want become better public speakers.
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Imagine reading a book that makes you x10 smarter than you were before on the subject of public speaking and laughing throughout it. thats is this book.Published 16 months ago by james shaw
I'm terrified of public speaking and so, in an effort to find a way of reducing this fear, I've read A LOT of books on the topic. Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2013 by DLK
Enjoyable, entertaining and very informative - this book is highly recommended for anyone who does public speaking. Read morePublished on 21 Jun. 2012 by P. Whitehouse
Highly entertaining and inspiring romp through Scott Berkun's career (so far) as a public speaker.
Scott Berkun was a project manager for years at Microsoft, then left... Read more
Futurist and best-selling author Scott Berkun knows all about public presentations. He speaks often at high-tech conferences and other pressurized gatherings. Read morePublished on 1 Nov. 2011 by Rolf Dobelli
excellent insight into the professional public speaking world in a relaxed and informal way. Some excellent hints and tips. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2010 by email@example.com
This book talks about many aspects of public speaking: why are we affraid of talking in public, and how can we avoid this? How is it to earn a living of public speaking? Read morePublished on 30 Mar. 2010 by Remko Tronçon
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