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Posted July 20, 2009
Before I read Presentation Skills 201, I was one of those whom the author describes as "good presenters who are unlikely to become great presenters." Why? because, as he says, "They can't bring themselves to plan their messages, thinking, I'm best when I just go up there and start talking."
This clearly articulated and fascinating book has given me new insight into what I need to do to improve my presentations. There are pointers for every contingency I can imagine. As I know I will continue to refer to it as long as I am making public presentations, Presentation Skills 201 has become my Bible for planning and conducting book talks, workshops, and seminars. From now on my presentations will be planned, practiced, and perfected. Thanks to William (Bill) Steele.
Janet Muirhead Hill, author of the High Plains Book Award finalist, Kyleah's Tree
Posted June 29, 2009
More than a review of the basics, this book tells you WHY techniques do or do not work. Planning and practice of the WHOLE presentation are the key. We too often drop into old, comfortable habits that may/may not work anymore. Cliché skills are as rampant as cliché expressions. Both must go to improve effectiveness. Good enough isn't. We all need to assess our presentation skills, and Presentation Skills 201 does just that. What a thought provoking book!
I don't think I've ever seen a discussion before on how to deal with a hostile crowd. Unlike a nightclub comedian, you and your audience share a commonality that allows the presenter to handle almost any situation - if done properly. There is much to learn here.
Posted June 29, 2009
Presentation Skills 201
WILLIAM R. STEELE
William R. Steele takes speaking to a new level from wisdom derived through spending many years in the field as a presentation skills coach and trainer. Learning this wisdom will contribute to your success in effectively communicating your plans in a format conducive to the benefit of all participants.
From planning and defining success in concrete terms to redirecting personal attacks, it's all here at an advanced level for high-performing professionals, who desire that extra edge by increasing your confidence and engaging your audiences.
William gives lots of examples and solutions to get out of sticky situations and keep your agenda on schedule. Learn how to use stories, props, slides, and get grounded to make the best possible presentation. You will also learn how to, start strong and end strong while using internal summaries of the overall structure.
Presentation Skills 201 will grace my Desktop and be my professional guide for many, many years to come.
William R. Steele receives Donley's Five Star W.O.W (Words of Wisdom) Award.
Brian J. Donley
Author, The Original Psychology of Success