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Present Your Way to the Top


Whether you're a new middle manager, a seasoned senior executive, or an experienced public speaker, David Dempsey's dynamic eight-part program helps you step up your game with the greatest presentation secrets of successful CEOs.

Learn How to:

Project confidence, professionalism, and authority

Deliver powerful presentations that produce optimal results

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Whether you're a new middle manager, a seasoned senior executive, or an experienced public speaker, David Dempsey's dynamic eight-part program helps you step up your game with the greatest presentation secrets of successful CEOs.

Learn How to:

Project confidence, professionalism, and authority

Deliver powerful presentations that produce optimal results

With Dempsey's foolproof step-by-step approach, you can tackle your fears, improve your speaking skills, and present your ideas with the same expertise and enthusiasm that has taken world-class CEOs to the highest levels in their fields. This is the proven way to influence others, achieve goals, and Present Your Way to the Top!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071739948
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,174,864
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author

David J. Dempsey, JD, is the President & CEO of Neon Zebra, LLC, an executive presentation skills coaching and consulting company that works with senior leaders at global and Fortune 500 businesses. David is a veteran of the courtroom, a business executive, a university professor, an acclaimed author, an award-winning speaker, and a sought-after presentation skills consultant to C-Level executives worldwide. He has written two critically acclaimed executive presentation skills books, Better to BEST: How to Speak for Extraordinary Results . . . Every Time! (Miranda Publishing 2006) and Legally Speaking: 40 Powerful Presentation Principles Lawyers Need to Know (Kaplan Publishing 2009). Many prominent CEOs have endorsed Better to BEST as the go-to resource for business executives. His straightforward blend of expert advice and hands-on teaching techniques will help you wow your audience every time!.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

Part I Master the Mental 1

1 Channel Your Stage Fright 3

Six Stage-Fright Secrets 5

2 Visualize Speaking Success 9

Eight Tips to Boost Your Confidence 11

3 Park Your Ego at the Door 17

Attitude Is Everything 19

Even the Best Can Get Better 21

Part II Prepare to Present 23

4 Build a Speech Foundation 25

Five Speech Resources 26

5 Use Presentation Building Blocks 31

Thirteen Sources for Speech Content 32

6 Analyze Your Audience Before You Speak 41

Why You Need to Know Your Audience 42

What You Need to Know about Your Audience 44

7 Use These Tools to Get to Know Your Audience 49

Eight Tips on Researching Your Audience 50

8 Adopt from the Best Speakers 55

Eight Powerful Speaking Techniques 57

Part III Build with a Blueprint 61

9 State Your Purpose 63

Limit Your Points 66

10 Organize for Coherence 69

Eight Ways to Organize Your Speech 70

11 Open with a Hook 75

Eight Openings to Avoid 76

Four Proven Openings 80

12 Revise, Revise, Revise 83

Twelve Rules for Revising Your Speech 84

13 Harness the Power of Stories 95

Seven Keys to Powerful Storytelling 97

14 Make 'Em Laugh 103

Ten Tips for Adding Humor to Your Talks 104

15 Quote for Credibility 111

Seven Questions to Ask Your Quotations 112

16 Close with a Bang 117

Five Closings to Shun 118

Six Dynamic Closings 121

Part IV Practice for Perfection 125

17 Polish with Practice 127

Twelve Practice Pointers 128

18 Master Your Notes 137

Eight Tips on Using Notes Effectively 138

19 Minimize Memorization 143

Five Parts of a Speech to Memorize 145

20 Eliminate Distractions 149

Seven Distracting Sins to Avoid 149

21 Critique with a Camera 155

Six Tips for Capitalizing on Recording 157

22 Project Vocal Power 161

Eight Vocal Power Secrets 162

23 Capitalize on Potent Pauses 169

Nine Ways to Pause with Impact 171

24 Stand Tall 175

Eight Guidelines for Posture and Movement 177

25 Gesture with Conviction 181

Eight Gesturing Tips 183

Part V Focus on the Details 187

26 Plan Carefully 189

Ten Things You Need to Know for Every Speech 191

27 Prepare Your Introduction 197

Eight Critical Introduction Rules 199

28 Check Your Checklist 203

The Perfect Presentation Checklist 205

Part VI Dazzle with Delivery 211

29 Focus on Your Audience 213

Eight Ways to Read and React to Your Audience 215

30 Act Confident 221

Eight Ways to Project Confidence 223

31 Persuade with Passion 227

Three Styles of Persuasion 229

32 Look 'Em in the Eye 233

Seven Eye-Contact Secrets 235

33 Adhere to the Time Allotted 239

Seven Rules about Speaking Time 240

34 Take Command of "Q&A" 245

Seventeen Q&A Rules 247

Part VII Talk with Tools 255

35 Master the Microphone 257

Three Microphone Options 258

Seven Microphone Guidelines 261

36 Capitalize on Visual Aids 265

Nine Visual-Aid Options 267

37 Know the Visual-Aid Rules 273

Twenty Rules for Using Visual Aids 274

38 Create Multimedia Magic 285

Twelve Steps to Multimedia Power 287

Part VIII Confront Special Challenges 295

39 Speak Spontaneously 297

Eleven Keys to Speaking Spontaneously 298

40 Overcome the Obstacles 305

Five Solutions to Setbacks 306

Conclusion 313

Notes 315

Bibliography 321

Recommended Resources 325

Index 331

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