This is a short useful guide on how to improve your presentation skills. If you've seen TED Talks, you'll know that many of the TED speakers have given inspiring and memorable presentations. This book highlights key actions to take to elevate your presentations (although it would take a lot of practice and repeated listening of this audio book to get to the level of a TED Talk). I would recommend watching some or all the TED Talks mentioned in the book, including clicking "Show Transcript" so you can see how long is the presenter's story. I would also recommend taking notes as you watch (e.g., what was your impression based on the titles, did the speakers draw you in from the beginning, did the speakers share details making them personable, were slides used, how did the speakers stand/move/gesture, were the talks entertaining and funny, were they speaking as experts or from personal experiences, were the talks different from your initial impressions, did the speakers state their message during the talk and again at the end, and did the talks inspire you to take action or think differently). These are the TED Talks mentioned in the book (in order of most viewed):
Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity
Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action
Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight
Steve Jobs: How to live before you die
Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability
Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of Sixth Sense technology
David Gallo: Underwater astonishments
Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation
Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius
Arthur Benjamin: A performance of "Mathemagic"
Richard St. John: 8 secrets of success
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story
Mary Roach: 10 things you didn't know about orgasm
Jamie Oliver: Teach every child about food
Helen Fisher: Why we love, why we cheat
Malcolm Gladwell: Choice, happiness and spaghetti sauce
Deb Roy: The birth of a word
Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work
Seth Godin: How to get your ideas to spread
Bill Gates: Innovating to zero!
Hans Rosling: Global population growth, box by box
Regina Dugan: From mach-20 glider to humming bird drone
Jake Shimabukuro: "Bohemian Rhapsody"
This book gives plenty of realistic scenarios: my teenager son hardly tells me anything, I have to work with a co-worker who's constantly angry, my boss doesn't get what I'm saying, and my spouse and I are always fighting. As you're listening to these scenarios (complete with realistic dialogues), you think "Yes, I've been there. What do I need to do to fix it?" The author then gives solutions that move people from arguing to empathizing to listening. The solutions aren't earth shattering. The secret is knowing the right things to say. Just as the solution to being healthy is exercising and eating well. The secret is finding a routine that works for you. I'm sure I'll be referring back to this book. After I absorb the ideas, I would have to go back and find the methods and dialogues that would fit me.
Professor Drout provides a foundation on writing and rhetoric in an amazing conversational format, as if he's talking to you directly and explaining things that you didn't understand in English 101. He explains terminologies well and provides plenty of examples to allow you to slowly absorb the concepts. I'm starting on volume 2, which is more technical. I don't remember all the information after the first listen through. I expect I will be listening to these audio books again.
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I'm not even quite sure how I picked this book to spend my credit on but I'm so glad it turned out to be an awesome find! It gives you the medical reasons why our body language can say more than the words that we say -plus examples that happened through out his career while he was an FBI agent . While listening to this book I became a people watcher and have observed some of the examples he talks about in the book so now I can't help feeling like this book has given me tools to decode what people are saying without saying it. Delivers its promise! Great use of credit.