Lic I personally love the satisfaction of giving a well prepared speech I make note that it has to be well prepared otherwise I loathe giving presentations because I fear the embarrassment Now into my thoughts on a book which I happen to really enjoy for the most partFirst this book was not our typical self help book about how to overcome public speaking Filled with humor it was like the author that was writing to the reader in mind Every thing that you thought about public speaking could easily be erased by reading this book Tackling on topics such as that everyone speaks for a living to carry out daily activities I never thought about it like that but it is true everyone rehearses what they are going to say before they say it Maybe they do not have a specific reason why but neverthelessthey still speak in all situations Secondly I really loved how the book cleared up the misconceptions about public speaking For instance imaging people naked is not a good way to overcome public speaking Rather that was a myth that was invented by people who let their own experiences dictate everyone else life Additionally it did not really give tips on how to overcome public speaking primarily but was mainly comparing and contrasting of what public speaking actually isFinally the best thing about this book was how readable and nontechnical it was Previously similar books I read like this was so formulaic that it read like a boring textbook However this one was really persuasive and less informative A surprisingly good book surprising because I d never heard of author Scott Berkun before But since I speak publicly for a living I had to have a go He basically takesou through principles of good public speaking in a totally narrative format and it works He is a great writer I imagine also a good speaker A couple of things I fundamentally disagree with don t leave much if anything to a group vote is it too hot in here anyone too cold just take a stand and go with it I don t think that it s too much to ask people to plug in for a day some well conceived and well executed workshops will keep people engaged for a whole day with great results and having grown up presenting in a traditional industry I guess I would choose differently regarding attire wear a suit and language don t curse Also didn t care much for the chapter that included other speakers anecdotes Some were great and many were not I would have happily bought the book without that chapterEverything else about this book Kind of fantastic Loved the whole section on feedback and evaluation I bought the Kindle version and was confused about where the end of the book was About 60% through there were headings labeled Appendix and I thought it was some inside joke I read it ALL and the end about the design and typeface and whatnot was its own bonus chapter I won t spoil that for Biggles And The Black Mask you just make sureou read all the way to the last page Scott Berkun is a freelance thinker That s the most accurate description of his work as a professional public speaker He has thought carefully through his extensive international experience in this field and offered up wise advice for anyone else who ever has to stand in front of an audience and talkA great deal of it is drop dead "SIMPLE AND OBVIOUS AND YET CONTINUALLY "and obvious and et continually including by ours truly Berkun also managed to state these obvious things warmly and interestingly not with clich s and platitudesMost people listening to presentations around the world right now are hoping their speakers will end soon That s all they want They re not judging as much as you think because they don t care as much asou thinkAlsoAs superficial as public speaking can seem history bears out that people with clear ideas and strong points are the ones we rememberAlsoWhatever mistakes and imperfections exist they re larger in my head than in ours My struggles on stage that night taught me a lesson never plan to use the full time given Had I planned to go 9 minutes instead of 10 I wouldn t have cared what the clock said how weird the remote was or how long it took me to cross the stageAnd I really liked this especially they want ou to do well It s often the case that the things speakers obsess about are the opposite of what the
cares about They want be entertained They want to learn And most of all they want Kleinstadt Romantik Serie Reihe In 5 Bnden you to do well Many mistakesou can make while performing do not prevent those things from happening It s the mistakes ou make before ou even say a word that matter These include the mistakes of not having an interesting opinion of not thinking clearly about Action Research your points and of not planning ways to make those points relevant toour audience Those are the ones that make the difference If Robespierre you can figure out how to get those right not much else will matterA few points of wisdom Most people never practice Get toour venue early and talk to early guests to build rapport Comedians don t use PowerPoints and sometimes even avoid props because they want to make a direct connection with their audiences You have the most attention The Ultimate Guide To Programming Apache Hive you re likely to get right at the beginning Don t waste it Use it to tell people whereou re going to go so that when when they check out they ll have an easy on ramp back into the talk Use an interesting title to help pull people in and take a point of view in the titleBerkun practiced in his book precisely what he preached in it he sought to serve his audience by interesting them and giving them something to take away This book was not utterly brilliant or elouent or life changing but it was about as practical truly useful as anything I have ever read I really respect the tone of the writing It s casual with the correct amount of humility and an extra effort to 0 bullshitThe annex and bibliography are very complete. Ough room the science of not boring people how to survive the attack of the butterflies and what to do when things go wrongThe inside scoop on who earns 30000 for a one hour lecture and whyThe worst and funniest disaster stories Nqa you've ever heard plus countermovesou can useFilled with humorous and illuminating stories of thrilling performances and real life disasters Confessions of a Public Speaker is inspirational devastatingly honest and a blast to re. Ings improve if I just rip this pointslideidea out completely7 The solution to this and to many other tough room problems rests on the density theory of public speaking a theory I discovered one day after repeating the Dallas experience in some other city with some other embarrassingly small crowd in a ridiculously large room I realized that the crowd size is irrelevant what matters is having a dense crowd If ever Orz you face a sparsely populated audience do whateverou have to do to get them to move together You want to create a packed crowd located as close as possible to the front of the room This goes against most speakers instincts which push them to just go on with the show and pretend not to notice it feels like they re speaking at the Greyhound bus station at 3 am on Christmas morning8 No matter what kind of speaking ou are doing there are only a few reasons people will be there As ou plan Rubia And The Three Osos your talk start with the goal of satisfying the things listed below People come because they Want to learn something Wish to be inspired 3 Hope to be entertained 4 Have a need they hopeou will satisfy 5 Desire to meet other people interested in the subject 6 Seek a positive experience they can share with others 7 Are forced to be there by their bosses parents professors or spouses 8 Have been handcuffed to their chairs and haven t left the room for days 9 To prepare well Las Sextraordinarias Aventuras De Zizi Y Peter Panpan you must do four things Take a strong position in the title All talks and presentations have a point of view andou need to know what Countrouble 6 yours isThink carefully aboutour specific audience Know why they are there what their needs are what background knowledge they have the pet theories they believe in and how they hope their world will be different after Govicide your lecture is over3 Makeour specific points as concise as possible If it takes 10 minutes to explain what our point is something is very wrong4 Know the likely counterarguments from an intelligent expert audience10 I usually present with slides I love using images and movies to make points but I never worry that these things won t work Having thought clearly through my points even if 1 lose the specific way I had hoped to present them 1 can still offer them to my audience If I m fluent in my research I can offer those anecdotes naturally In effect by working hard on a clear strong well reasoned outline I ve already built three versions of the talk an elevator pitch the title a five minute version saying each point and a brief summary and the full version with slides movies and whatever else strengthens each point11 But there s a solution The answer to most attention problems is POWERThe setup for public speaking is beyond republican in the political science sense of the word it s tyrannical Only one person is on stage only one person is given an introductory round of applause and only one person gets the microphone If the aliens landed during the TED Conference they d obviously assume the guy standing on stage holding the microphone was supreme overlord of the planet For much of the history of civilization the only ic speakers were chiefs kings and pharaohs But few speakers use the enormous potential of this power Most speakers are so afraid to do anything out of the ordinary that they suander the very "Power The Audience Hopes They Will Use12 "the audience hopes they will use12 are three things my brother did that anyone trying to teach must do and it s no surprise that they re easier to do with a smaller number of students 1 Make it active and interesting 2 Start with an insight that interests the student 3 Adapt to how the student responds to 1 and 2 The bad news applying these rules always takes time The good news any time at all ou spend pays off13 Finding and simplifying insights reuires humility something rarely attributed to experts and public speakers Keep The Life And Adventures Of Jack Of The Mill Commonly Called Lord Othmill your hard earned knowledge in mind but simultaneously remember how it felt to be a complete novice It s rare to achieve this balance but it s what makes a teacher great It turns out my brother learned to drive stick the difficult old school way Instead of passing on that misery to me instead of projecting his own suffering onto me as a of passage all drivers should endure he chose to convert his misery into my delight Teaching is a compassionate act It transforms the confusing into the clear the bad into the good When it s done well and the insights are experienced not just by the teacher but by the students as well everyone should feel good about what s happened It s amazing how rare it is from many systems for the experience of learning to be a pleasurable thing14 Silence establishes a baseline of energy in the room Sometimes when a room is silent people pay attention than whenou are speaking a fact many don t know since they work so hard to prevent any silence when speaking If A Letter To The Right Reverend Father In God Richard Lord Bishop Of Oxford y Ifou constantly fill the air with sounds the audience members ears and minds never get a break15 Learning to stop saying umm reuires only one thing practice People who sneak without saying umm weren t born that way They used to do it and have worked their way out of the habit If On Official Duty you re not sure whether or notou do it Adios To My Old Life you most likely do Andou re probably in good company Many famous politicians celebrities and executives are hard to listen to because OF THEIR ANNOYING FILLER SOUNDS IT their annoying filler sounds It an easy problem to have since fixing it is a simple fail safe way to make all of Alfredos Journey your presentations better16 Medium list of little things Umms and uhhs Distractions and tics Putting the audience behindou Repetition No eye contact Discomfort Dispassionate Referenced data Inappropriate for this audience I am an introvertbut I love giving speech presentationsin fact I look forward to it If that sounds like a paradox join the club of many people that assume that introverts hate speaking in pub. Ents and triumphs Scott has experienced over 15 Oya years of speaking to crowds of all sizesWith lively lessons and surprising confessionsou'll get new insights into the art of persuasion as well as teaching learning and performance directly from a master of the tradeHighlights includeBerkun's hard won and simple philosophy culled from Ek Sanjhne Sarname years of lectures teaching courses and hours of appearances on NPR MSNBC and CNBCPractical advice including how to work a Absolutely wonderful book on speaking in public Berkun covers it all overcoming fear not being boring tips and tricks tools of the trade and this is the part I really loved how to be a good teacherEveryone interested in improving their public speaking skills should read this book It s a pretty short read soou can get through it uickly An exceptionally useful book down to earth well written and packed with good advice that I haven t heardread anywhere else I borrowed it from a friend and plan to buy my own copy so I can go back to it each time I need Thanks for writing this Scott Great book for anyone who does or wants to do public speaking Great tips for improving Searchlight your presentation style Oh and when the book ends keep reading The Appendixes are every bit as good as the main text book by the professional public speaker Lot of practical advices and tips related to the job of public speaking Pretty funny to read Worth reading though I miss details about preparation of the talk related research Goes good along with Presentation Zen book which is dedicated to the presentations and talks It offers many good tips and tricks for public speaking However I don t believe that this book helpsou a lot when Krlovstv Za Botu you never tried it before Whenou got Spring Snow your first experiencesou can compare and understand what Scott implies He has an annoying habit of trying to make it entertaining what ends with endless stories that don t help at all It s nice to know how he loves sunrises but hates to get up early That anecdote and the accommodating ride in a taxi to a speaking gig is endlessly described all to make a point that different speaker earn different salaries Wow There are many examples of this kind what is especially annoying if George Harrison you still can remember how often he wrote before thatou should be to the point and never bore our audience Below are key excerpts from the book that I found particularly insightful1 Most people listening to presentations around the world right now are hoping their speakers will end soon That s all they want They re not judging as much ass ou link because they don t care as much as The Price Of Doubt you think Knowing this helps enormously If some disaster happens something explodes or I trip and fall I ll have attention from the audience than I probably had 30 seconds before And if I don t care that much about my disaster I can use the attention I ve earned and do letting good with it whatever I say next they are sure to remember And if nothing else my tragedy will give everyone in the audience a funny story to share The laughter from that story will do good for the world than anything my presentationor any other that day probably would have done anyway2 Ifou d like to be good at something the first thing to go out the window is the notion of perfection Every time I get up to the front of the room 1 know I will make mistakes And this is OK If Firestorm you examine how we talk to one another every day including people giving presentationsou ll find that even the best speakers make tons of mistakesIf Pictures Of Houses With Water Damage you listen to Martin Luther King Malcolm X or Winston Churchill and then read the unedited transcripts of those same speechesou ll find mistakes However they re mistakes we commonly ignore because we re incredibly forgiving of spoken language3 If anything making some mistakes or stumbling in a couple of places reminds everyone of how hard it is to stand up at the front of the room in the first place Mistakes will happen what matters is how Birt you frameour mistakes and there are two ways to do this I Avoid the mistake of trying to make no mistakes You should work hard to know Birt your material but also knowou won t be perfect This wayAudience Cares About They Want
won t be devastated small things go wrong 2 Know that Bofh 2011 your response to a mistake defines the audience s response If I respond to spilling water on my pants as if it were the sinking of the Titanic the audience will see it and me as a tragedy But if I m cool or betteret find it funny the audience will do the same4 And it s often the case that the things speakers obsess about are the opposite of what the audience cares about They want to be entertained They want to learn And most "Of All They Want "all they want to do well Many mistakes The Frigate Bird you can make while performing do not prevent those things from happening It s the mistakesou make before Moonface you even say a word that matter These include the mistakes of not having an interesting opinion of not thinking clearly aboutour points and of not planning ways to make those points relevant to Ana Sonre your audience Those are the ones that make the difference Ifou can figure out how to get those right not much else will matter5 f Pao Zhi you pretend to have no fears of public speakingou deny Futurelog yourself the natural energyour body is giving El Quinto Arcangel you Anxiety creates a kind of energyou can use just as excitement does Ian Tyson a stand up comedian and motivational speaker offered this gem of advice The body s reaction to fear and excitement is the sameso it becomes a mental decision am I afraid or am I excited If the body can t tell the difference it s up to Indulgentie Ecclesiarum Urbis Rome you to useour instincts to help rather than hurt Nanas Gift you The best way to do this is to plan beforeou speak When House Rules Her Russian Protector 1 1 you are actually giving a presentation there are many variables out ofour control it s OK and normalYou Won T Be Devastated
to have some fear of them But in the days or hours beforehand ou can dohave some fear of them But in the days or hours beforehand ou can do things to prepare Smoke Amp Mirrors Gravity 3 yourself and take control of the factorsou can do something about6 When I practice especially with a draft of new material I run into many issues And when I stumble or get confused I stop and make a choice Can I make this work if I try it again Does this slide or the previous one need to change Can a photograph and a story replace all this text Is there a better lead in to this point from the previous point Will th. In this hilarious and highly practical book author and professional speaker Scott Berkun reveals the techniues behind what great communicators do and shows how anyone can learn to use them well For managers and teachers and anyone else who talks and expects someone to listen Confessions of a Public Speaker provides an insider's perspective on how to effectively present ideas to anyone It's a uniue entertaining and instructional romp through the embarrassm.