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- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 25 Dec. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ASTZUBC
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The Presentation Coach: Bare Knuckle Brilliance for Every Presenter Audio Download – Unabridged
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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?
1. The tone of the book is conversational, which is fine except the author tries to be too familiar with readers - at various points, he tries to get readers to compare what he's saying/asking you to do to "an affair you've had". That tone of voice might work in person, but on paper, it's condescending.
2. The author talks in detail and very regularly about speeches made by Tory politicians, but fails to give any mention to Steve Jobs, Abraham Lincoln or the like. I may possibly be in a minority, but I don't want my speeches/presentations to sound like Iain Duncan Smith or David Davies (yes, they are mentioned in this book). Rather, I'd like to know why the author thinks Steve Jobs was a successful presenter and how Jobs' speeches fit within the author's framework. Why do great speeches/presentations work? What's their common link? Politician's speeches are sanitised and written by others for the purpose of keeping voters happy. If you are going to consider politicians then why not Obama, Churchill, Clinton, Roosevelt?
3. There's barely any mention of stories - arguably the most powerful way to present your ideas/pitch/speech. Instead, the author has a rather rigid framework, which he mentions several times per page. It's overpowering and brainwashing.
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I really liked the way this book dissects the entire cradle-to-grave process of creating and delivering a presentation. There are so many pitfalls that so many of us are guilty of ('death by power point', excessive detail, pleasantries, etc) and having these brutally exposed is actually a very good thing which has made me much more self-aware.
I liked the detailed process behind a good presentation that the author advocates and lays out; eminently sensible and, because it's described in quite a non-esoteric way, it's actually very practical and straight forward to adopt. I also liked the very practical tips about PowerPoint itself (never use less than a 36 point type-face, go sans-serif (Arial) rather than serif (Courier), for example).
The concept of spike was really well put forward and has certainly made me STRONGLY rethink how I put presentations together from now on. It really is very good advice.
In closing: anyone who is serious about wanting to create and deliver high quality presentations I would strongly recommend this book to.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Stop right now, go to the top of the page, and one-click-purchase the hell out of this book. Where else are you going to find the most in-depth book on giving a presentation AND be... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Matt Kramer
Getting your message across today in the multi-channel age has never been more important. Not generally a fan of 'prescribed techniques' but was persuaded to look at Bare Knuckle... Read morePublished 1 month ago by David Beldon
Method ok with notable omissions from the author's consideration (other reviewers noted no analysis of how famously great speakers fit into the author's 'framework' - such as Steve... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gsp
Must buy for anyone seriously interested in presentations and critical-sharp messages' "delivery"..Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book - packed with useful tips, a useful process to follow and enough irreverent humour to entertain you along the way. Read morePublished 1 month ago by butwhatdoiknow
I read this book two weeks before I give a big speech at a conference. I've already given this talk once before and it went extremely well, but I've now tweaked it based on reading... Read morePublished 2 months ago by CC
ThIs is the absolute "MUST" book for anybody either starting out or needing to brush up on their presentation skills,
Graham Davies is "THE" Presentation... Read more
Great if you've no presentation skills. Not enough 'Nuggets' within to enhance presentation delivery of someone with experience IMHO.Published 6 months ago by MATHEW ANDERSON
Having spent most of my professional life as a presenter in one form or another (hosting conferences, media events, product launches, presenting business analysis, sales) I am... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Giovanni SS