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How to Give a Pretty Good Presentation: A Speaking Survival Guide for the Rest of Us

ISBN: 978-0-470-87539-1
224 pages
July 2010
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Reduce the time and stress associated with your presentations

Bookshelves are crowded with books on how to be an exceptional presenter and promise to produce a brilliant, standing-ovation speaker. But what about a presentation resource for the rest of us? There are so many of us regular folk who who want to spend just a little time and effort to get over the big hurdle of giving a presentation, but don't know where to turn for advice.

How to Give a Pretty Good Presentation is the easy answer to this common need. Straightforward, entertaining, and well-organized, this user-friendly resource will walk you step-by-step through the process from how to write, rehearse, and deliver a pretty good presentation that will make you appear confident, memorable, and competent. Although it does not promise the moon (or a standing ovation), this public speaking survival guide will help you:

  • Appear confident (even while still feeling nervous!)
  • Take the spotlight off of you and put it on your content
  • Save time
  • Not put people to sleep with your PowerPoint Presentation
  • Produce better results
  • Make better impressions
  • Reduce the feelings of dread, sleeplessness, and procrastination associated with your presentations
  • Prepare even if you've waited until the day before or an hour before your presentation is to be given

Whatever your job, if you need to give a presentation and are feeling overwhelmed by it, How to Give a Pretty Good Presentation is there for you. If you want to reduce the time and stress associated with your presentations now and pass all future presentation opportunities with flying colors, then pick up this fun and accessible guide; you'll no doubt like the resulting improvement in both your personal and professional bottom line.

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Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

PART ONE First Thing First.

Chapter 1 Your Introduction.

Chapter 2 The Tone.

Chapter 3 Tailoring Your Speech.

Chapter 4 Kicking Things Off.

Chapter 5 The Game Plan.

Chapter 6 Revenge of the Nerves.

Chapter 7 Supplementary Materials.

Chapter 8 Practice Makes Perfect.

Chapter 9 Your Appearance.

PART TWO The Presentation.

Chapter 10 Visual Aids.

Chapter 11 Stage Presence.

Chapter 12 Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don't.

Chapter 13 Testing… 1, 2, 3….

Chapter 14 Audience Participation.

Chapter 15 Timing Is Everything.

Chapter 16 Don't Panic.

Chapter 17 Technical Difficulties.

Chapter 18 May I Have Your Attention, Please?

Chapter 19 Uh… Um….

Chapter 20 Linguistics.

Chapter 21 Get to the Point.

Chapter 22 The Q&A.

Chapter 23 Questions from the Audience.

PART THREE Tips, Tricks, and Other Sage Advice.

Chapter 24 Time Crunch.

Chapter 25 Develop the Art.

Chapter 26 Time Trap.

Chapter 27 10 Public Speaking Do's and Don'ts.

Chapter 28 Trust Me on This.

Chapter 29 "My" Final Speaking Tip.

Chapter 30 A Final Word.

About the Author.

Presentation Notes.

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TJ WALKER is the founder of TJ Walker Speaking, an online presentation company and the author of the USA Today #1 bestseller TJ Walker's Secret to Foolproof Presentations. He is also CEO of Media Training Worldwide, whose clients include prime ministers, CEOs, and Super Bowl winners. For more information, visit TJWalker.com.
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