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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 xiii

Introduction xv

PART ONE First Thing First 1

Chapter 1 Your Introduction 3

Chapter 2 The Tone 7

Chapter 3 Tailoring Your Speech 11

Chapter 4 Kicking Things Off 15

Chapter 5 The Game Plan 21

Chapter 6 Revenge of the Nerves 25

Chapter 7 Supplementary Materials 29

Chapter 8 Practice Makes Perfect 33

Chapter 9 Your Appearance 37

PART TWO The Presentation 43

Chapter 10 Visual Aids 45

Chapter 11 Stage Presence 51

Chapter 12 Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t 59

Chapter 13 Testing . . . 1, 2, 3 . . . 65

Chapter 14 Audience Participation 71

Chapter 15 Timing Is Everything 77

Chapter 16 Don’t Panic 85

Chapter 17 Technical Difficulties 89

Chapter 18 May I Have Your Attention, Please? 95

Chapter 19 Uh . . . Um . . . 101

Chapter 20 Linguistics 107

Chapter 21 Get to the Point 111

Chapter 22 The Q&A 115

Chapter 23 Questions from the Audience 121

PART THREE Tips, Tricks, and Other Sage Advice 127

Chapter 24 Time Crunch 129

Chapter 25 Develop the Art 137

Chapter 26 Time Trap 141

Chapter 27 10 Public Speaking Do’s and Don’ts 147

Chapter 28 Trust Me on This 151

Chapter 29 “My” Final Speaking Tip 155

Chapter 30 A Final Word 159

About the Author 163

Presentation Notes 165

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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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