How to Present: The Ultimate Guide to Presenting Your Ideas and Influencing People Using Techniques that Actually Work
Do you get nervous when presenting at work?
Do you want to showcase your knowledge, influence people and accelerate your career?
Would you like to learn the secrets of successful speaking, communicating and presenting?
How to Present reveals how you can be a confident, clear and influential presenter every time. Presentation skills expert Michelle Bowden shares her internationally proven 13-step system to exceptional presenting, starting with analysis (plan what you would like to achieve), then design (put your presentation together) and delivery (communicate your message for results).
Whether you're presenting or speaking to one person or thousands, this is the essential guide to becoming an outstanding presenter.
How to Present will help you:
- maximise your impact in meetings, conferences and conversations
- manage your nerves so you feel calm and confident
- engage your audience and master the art of persuasion
- deliver your message clearly and with authority
- command attention and achieve your goals!
There is no other book on the market like this that will take you step-by-step through the process of successful presenting.
—Steve Weston, Managing Director of Retail Lending, UK Retail and Business Banking division, Barclays
About the author xiii
Thank you! xv
Welcome to this book! xvii
1 Influential presenting at a glance 1
Phase 1: Analysis — Be clear on your goals 15
2 What do you want to achieve from your presentation? 17
Phase 2: Design — Write your presentation 35
3 Structure your message 37
4 Design your presentation 49
5 Script your presentation in 13 steps 59
6 Watch your language! 119
7 The art of storytelling 135
Phase 3: Delivery — Captivate your audience 151
8 Warm up your mind 153
9 Warm up your body and voice 165
10 Connect with your audience 175
11 Speak with confidence 183
12 Body language 191
13 Engage and entertain! 207
14 Dealing with difficult people 221
15 Using visual aids 229
16 Setting up the room 253
17 Get some positive feedback 261
18 Summary of How to Present tips 267
And now it's up to you 283