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5.0 out of 5 starsLiterally the "bible" of public speaking
Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2019
This is the best 14 bucks you will ever spend. I would call this a reference book, but that might give some the idea that it is dry and hard to use; on the contrary, this is a well-written, easy to use manual with practical, easy to find tips for literally every speaking situation you may encounter. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Unparalleled Guide to Effective Public Speaking
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2016
This is an unparalleled guide to effective public speaking. I had originally come across the 2007 edition of this book last year, and it saved my life multiple times during professional presentations at work. So, when I learned that Gary Genard has a new edition, I absolutely had to check it out. This new edition is bigger (six more chapters) and better! I like how this book tells you not just WHAT to do but WHY you should do it, and HOW this will help you become a better speaker. It is easy to read with light-hearted humor by the author and helpful exercises at the end of some chapters. My favorite is the two-minute speech warm-up. I cannot possibly count the number of times this exercise has improved my voice and body language at the beginning of a presentation. Finally, Genard's book is not merely for those who work in business or communication. It is indeed for every professional. Whether one is a student, a professor, a salesperson or a politician, we speak for impact all the time. Genard's book walks you through the process of how to have that desired impact on your audience. You cannot go wrong with this purchase if you have the patience and dedication to follow his advice.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Best Source for Easy-to-Learn Public Speaking Skills!
Reviewed in the United States on April 1, 2017
I've read this book front to back -- hundreds of great tips, plus in-depth information on special topics, e.g., presentation strategy (direct or indirect), simplifying and selling complex concepts, one-minute impromptu speaking. Gary Genard did a great job on this expanded edition. There are more examples for business professionals, academicians, and politicians. It is well-organized in a "point-by-point" format.
This book is a "must read" for anyone interested in bringing his or her public speaking skills to the next level. As a professional writer and educator, I highly recommend it!