The Presentation Coach - Bare Knuckle Brilliance For Every Presenter Paperback – 21 Oct 2010
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highly readable, entertaining Even if you are an accomplished presenter, this book should be on your shelf . (Grahamjones.co.uk, Septemebr 2010). Davies is refreshingly frank. He says what he means and means what he says Thoroughly recommended . (TheBookbag.co.uk, October 2010). a unique five step approach that you can apply to all business speaking. (Flybe Uncovered, November, 2010). gives away many secrets Davies has used in coaching high- profile individuals. (The Business, November, 2010). Probably the best advice we've heard in a while. - Best of its kind . (Management Today, January 2011). ...It sets out an easy to understand process for preparing and delivering speeches and presentations. It s well written, and full of practical advice and tips . (The Market, December 2011)
About the Author
Graham Davies is a recovering barrister and ex-President of the Cambridge Union who has become one of the UK's busiest professional speakers and is certainly its most challenging presentation coach. Graham has over 20 years experience in the speaking industry and has worked as a speaker or coach for just under half the FTSE 100. His individual clients include Chief Executives, Celebrities, Olympic athletes and 7 members of the Conservative Front Bench. He is also the co-founder of Straight Talking, a specialist presentation consultancy focused on bespoke coaching for senior management in High Impact Presentation, Public Speaking and Pitching for Business.
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It is many years since I went on some formal training for presentation skills, which incidentally was superb, but it is so easy to get stale and forget some of the basics on preparation.
Graham Davies (GD) has tackled the subject in a well structured way with a easy to follow "pipeline map" to guide us through analysis and design to the target outcome. He also points out that there are so many forms and types of presentation where this advice, preparation and delivery will mean better results are achieved.
I tried some of the changes at my first face to face meeting, after reading the book, where I had analysed and improved my micro-statement approach. The results were good; my colleagues were enthusiastic, interested and convinced about the discussion we had. My opening "spike" seemed to work.
I will have to re-read the book and certain chapters several times to really get the improvements and satisfaction I want. I am convinced that my future presentations in message, supporting content and impact to my audience will improve step by step. It took me a while to understand the "bare knuckle" aspect but I eventually clicked with the term - for a Knockout result. I also know I have a tendency for delivering too much detail and this is nicely addressed in the preparation and filtering and editing areas.
I was half expecting the book to be quite turgid and full of complexity - not the case. GD has an `easy to read' and inclusive style and so reading is very quick and painless. I could apply all of the lessons to my business focussed world - I am never going to be an after dinner speaker! But, with a few more reads and a following wind, who knows what I may achieve this time next year?
It is well worth reading, and it confirmed a lot of my half-developed thoughts. It also contains a lot of good tips. It is very precise in sticking to one formula, and some may find that a bit over-prescriptive, particularly for presentations other than the big set-piece. It's sometimes a little bit smug, and I wonder also if it's not a book for the novice - you probably have to have a reasonable amount of experience of presenting to get the most from it, and the confidence to adopt a style quite different from that employed by the vast majority of corporate presenters. But the core messages of an emphasis on preparation, the creation of a Micro-Statement and Spikes, are well worth understanding and absorbing, and can be deployed in creating written documents as well as presentations.
The second half of the book moves away from the presentation structure which is the core theory, and deals with a more random selection of presentation-related topics. Don't overlook these sections - the chapters on humour and after-dinner speaking are vital reading, even if you have no intention of trying to make people laugh or getting onto the after-dinner circuit.
I've also found that there's been an on-going benefit from reading this book. Since finishing it, I've been watching other people's presentations with a much more educated eye, which has been as useful in developing my thinking as reading the book itself.
A final word on format. I read this on my Kindle, and this sort of book is perhaps not ideally suited to the Kindle format. It's a book you might want to lend to somebody, or thumb through for ideas when getting ready for a big presentation. Kindle doesn't lend itself to that.
However, that's not a detraction from the book itself, which I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who presents regularly and wants to up their game.
Also could use better editing - several grammatical errors and mistyped superfluous words e.g. "should be now needs to be" making some sentences difficult to follow.