The Choreography of Presenting: The 7 Essential Abilities of Effective Presenters

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Like a great dance partner, an excellent presenter leads others with ease and confidence. By showing how verbal and nonverbal communication shape every aspect of a successful presentation, this engaging book helps readers develop the underlying skills for polished, successful public speaking.

Readers will discover how to use body language, tone of voice, and other subtle physical behavior to convey credibility, capture the audience's attention, and support learning. Appropriate for any level of presenter, from novice to expert, this resource

Guides educators in developing the seven attributes of effective presenters

Enables presenters to expertly read audience reactions and establish rapport and trust

Explains how to overcome common presentation challenges, defuse conflict, and smoothly recover from interruptions or setbacks

Includes practical exercises in every chapter, enabling readers to prepare for future presentations from start to finish

Take your presentation skills to a higher level, and begin a new partnership with your audience!

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Editorial Reviews

Grant P. Wiggins
“Finding myself in front of groups large and small, the skills detailed in this book are an invaluable source of presentation strategies for me. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran, this book provides useful descriptions and insights that help make every presentation session successful.”
Michael Grinder
“Through the metaphor of dance, the authors weave a path that provides newbies a blueprint and at the same time makes veterans consciously competent both for themselves and as mentors for others. With this book, Zoller and Landry have both extended my work and fulfilled my dream of having an in-depth layout of the nonverbals of presentation skills. As a colleague, the ultimate compliments I can give are: ‘I wish I had written it,’ and ‘Hey, now I don’t have to write it—I can use their book!’"
Rodger W. Bybee
"I once had an art history teacher who made his lectures come alive with hand gestures, fluctuations in voice, and a calm authority. All of the students loved the class, learned a lot, and developed an appreciation for art history. I now know many of the things that made his lectures so educational. In The Choreography of Presenting, Kendall Zoller and Claudette Landry have captured many of the abilities and skills demonstrated by this great teacher. Whether you are presenting to hundreds at a conference, dozens at a workshop, several at a faculty meeting, or a single colleague, applying the lessons of this book will improve your presentation. The abilities and skills of effective presenting are described in understandable and practical terms and activities. Regardless of your current ability, this book will help you become better."
Page Keeley
"This amazing book artfully captures the complex craft of presenting to diverse audiences. Whether you are a novice or an experienced presenter, this book will transform your performance and lead you toward becoming a virtuoso! I highly recommend it to anyone seeking to hone their presentation skills."
Lynn R. Zakeri
"Zoller and Landry give the reader several examples from their own presenting experiences as well as tables and figures to supplement their lessons. I found myself in many of the suggestions and will reference this book when practicing for my next presentation."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412976923
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 956,664
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kendall Zoller is president of Sierra Training Associates and provides professional learning seminars and keynotes on facilitation and presentation skills and leadership to schools, districts, universities, state agencies, and corporations throughout North America. His international research focuses on identifying nonverbal patterns in the learning environment and their influences on thinking, memory, and learning. In 2007 he introduced Nonverbal Communicative Intelligence as a framework to explain the cognitive, neurological, physiological, behavioral, and social foundations of nonverbal communication.

He has extensive experience presenting to and coaching a diverse range of audiences, including sales teams, senior managers, university faculty and staff, law enforcement leaders, administrators, and teachers. He is a contributing author to Robert Garmston’s Presenter’s Field Guide and is a Cohort I Fellow and mentor to the National Academy for Science and Mathematics Education Leadership.

Claudette Landry is the principal of an elementary school in Davis, California. She has taught all grades, from kindergarten to eighth grade, and has worked extensively with teachers in implementing effective instructional strategies and in developing collaborative communities that maximize learning and human development. She has been a leader in professional and organizational development for the past 20 years, offering workshops, trainings, and presentations at the school, district, and national levels. Claudette has facilitated dialogues and discussions with groups from many different industries and fields to generate common understandings and to develop go-ahead strategies for overcoming challenges. She keeps teams task focused and goal oriented by further developing group members’ communication, presentation, and facilitation skills.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Robert J. Garmston ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xix

About the Authors xxi

Introduction to the 7 Essential Abilities of Effective Presenters xxiii

1 Establish Credibility 1

2 Build and Sustain Rapport 19

3 Read the Group 43

4 Balance Task, Process, and Group Development 65

5 Listen to and Acknowledge Participant 83

6 Respond Appropriately 99

7 Recover With Grace 109

Notes 125

References 127

Index 131

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