Have you ever bought a book or clicked on something that told you presenting and making speeches are as easy as pie, only to find that – when you read on – they aren’t? Well, here is the exception that proves some rule or other: presenting isn’t a walk in the park, but with the right approach and guidance it can be a simple exercise that will help anyone in business get heard as well as read. Thanks to this glorious new eBook by my good friend Dr Simon Raybould.
Presentation coach/guru Simon and I have contributed to each other’s books over the last ten years or so and broadly we agree on most topics where we cross over … mainly on how to put your material together and script it, if you’re going to.
But damn that Simon, he has managed to capture so much more wisdom about presenting than I know, and not only that – also to whittle it all down into a highly digestible eBook that not only makes it look easy, but shows you how to do it easily. I could kill him; I’ve been trying to achieve a book like that for years and have failed, miserably.
It’s an art, darling … yeah, right
Simon shares my overly-developed sense of the ridiculous (which could be why we’re such good friends) and in the book thumbs his nose at many of the pretensions associated with presenting. Although “It’s an art, darling” is the title of one of his preliminary chapters, he soon takes the p*ss out of that notion and reassures us that presenting may be an art, but it can be learned and perfected – provided that you follow his simple, golden rules.
Rather than bore you with my interpretation of the book, I thought you’d like to see the video Simon has made for the book’s website, so without further ado, here he is….
A tantalizing taste of the menu
These excerpts from Presenting Made Simple’s table of contents will give you an idea of what’s to come – everything laid out in a logical, agreeable order to take you through the process painlessly:
- What does my audience already know?
- What do I need them to know by the end of my presentation?
- What’s the best way to tell them it?
- A quick (real world!) example
- Turn off the tech
- The three levels of communication
- Tell me a story!
- Using backstories
- A cautionary tale!
- Wisdom from Hollywood
- Listen to Mary Poppins
- KISS – Keep it Short and Simple
- Rehearse, don’t (just) practice
- When you rehearse, do so out loud
- Not all mistakes are created equal
- Hardware and software tricks
- Black slides
- Dealing with questions
- The planned questions approach
- The un-planned questions approach
- Knowing when to take questions
Buy this eBook and use it whenever you need to make a good presentation: it’s worth every penny. (And I am not getting affiliate fees for this!) Click here for more information.
Now, get your presentations simply perfect – every time:
“Presenting Made Simple”…details above ^^^ !
“Super Speeches”…how to write and deliver them well
“How To Write About Yourself”…how to make the most of yourself, whatever you need to write