Confessions of a Public Speaker Hardcover – Nov 14 2009
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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)
About the Author
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.
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I first became acquainted with this book when reading reviews for another one of Scott's books, Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds. Though I still plan on reading Mindfire, my interest was temporarily diverted once I realized what Confessions of a Public Speaker was all about.
An excerpt of the book description on Amazon.com reads:
'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.'
When I finished this book, two words came to mind: hilarious and practical. Scott's openess to share his many mistakes (and there have been many) in public speaking contexts is refreshing. He drew me into each scenario with language that put me right into the seat of his audience, allowing me to see each one unfold as if I were right there laughing with the crowd. But then, out of each one he drew a practical application, whether it was what or what not to do.
Scott's engaging and humourous tone left me always wanting the next page. As a public speaker myself, I appreciated that Scott gave practical techniques over and over again on how to overcome fear, anxiety, awkwardness, and other situations that arise. He has been in just about every speaking scenario possible (though no mention of the local church, my primary setting for speaking) and was candid in sharing both the good and bad from his experiences.
It was gratifying to see the recurring topic of practice. This is an area that I admittedly could do much better at and his encouragement to practice each presentation at length before actually speaking was needed in this author's life.Read more ›
I would recommend this book to anyone starting out in public speaking or anyone, like myself, with some experience who is looking to learn more. It's an easy read and full of useful advice.
Most recent customer reviews
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
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