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Scott Berkun tells it like it is. Whether you're speaking to 10 people or 1000 people, you will gain insights to take your presentation skills to the next level. It's a rare book that will make you think AND laugh.
-- Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos.com(Tony Hsieh)
Smart, funny, and provocative, Scott Berkun's Confessions puts an very modern and wholly relevant spin on the fine art of public speaking.
-- Suzy Welch, best-selling author and public speaker(Suzy Welch)
Loved it! This is a very informative and entertaining look at the important art of public speaking. Anyone who speaks for a living including teachers will greatly benefit from this book.
-- Garr Reynolds, Author of Presentation Zen(Garr Reynolds)
Part confessional, part "how-to," this entertaining book is a godsend for anyone who would rather have an appendectomy without anesthetic than address a group in public.
-- Virginia Backaitis,(Virginia Backaitis)
I've seen Scott speak a few times before, and he knows his stuff. Add to this his sense of humor, plus the fact that pretty much everyone can stand to learn some new ideas about speaking, and this book is a MUST for your collection.
-- Chris Brogan,(Chris Brogan)
Even if you prepare well and avoid disaster, of course, you may not charm everyone in the audience. But you can at least--with Mr. Berkun's help--avoid being cripplingly nervous before that brown-bag presentation and wishing it were tomorrow.
-- Philip Delves Broughton,(Philip Delves Broughton)
With tips on how to combat pre-speech butterflies, battling the "tough room" and how not to bore people silly, this book will ensure your next Powerpoint will be a success.
-- John Baichtal,(John Baichtal)
Your next talk will be ten times better if you read this book first.
-- Gina Trapani, founding editor of Lifehacker.com(Gina Trapani)
For those that are contemplating public speaking, or want to improve their current aptitude, it is impossible that after reading the book, that they won't be a better speaker. For those that simply want to know what goes into, and what makes a really good presentation, Confessions of a Public Speaker is also a worthwhile book to read.
-- Ben Rothke,(Ben Rothke)
Scott Berkun is the bestselling author of The Myths of Innovation,and Making Things Happen. His work as a writer and public speaker haveappeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Wired Magazine, Fast Company, Forbes Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and other media. He has taught creative thinking at the University of Washington and has been a regular commentator on CNBC, MSNBC and National Public Radio. His many popular essays and entertaining lectures can be found for free on his blog at www.scottberkun.com.
Bit long winded to get to the point.
Many decent tips in here and the appendices summarize them nicely.
Some good stories.
Good book, easy to read, going backstage with scott is priceless. As a new speaker, I learned a lot in that book.Published on Oct. 31 2013 by Jonathan Lelièvre
I am not a public speaker but had to give a talk to about 100 of my peers at a convention last month. I read this book a couple of weeks before. Read morePublished on July 3 2013 by Billybob