Straightforward and highly practical, Confessions Of A Public Speaker is a hilarious and engaging account of what happens behind the scenes in the public speaking profession.
Summary Of The Book
Public speakers are among the most influential professionals in the world. So what is it that makes a person a good public speaker? This insightful, humour-packed, and provocative book by bestselling business author and speaker reveals all on what the best public speakers do, how they do it, and most importantly, how anyone can do it as well as them.
Confessions Of A Public Speaker is an interesting read for managers, teachers, speakers, and practically anyone who wishes to master the art of public speaking. In this book, Berkun reveals the techniques and secrets of effective public communication that he acquired over years of giving lectures and teaching courses.
In his unique comic style, Berkun also gives us an insider’s view of the various triumphs and embarrassments that he had to go through over his 15 years of speaking in front of differently sized crowds. Confessions Of A Public Speaker is packed with many humorous and illuminating tales of real-life disasters and phenomenal performances. The book also gives readers an inside scoop on people who earn $30,000 an hour for presenting lectures and why they earn so much.
This entertaining, inspirational, and devastatingly honest book also presents lively lessons and practical advice on various public speaking topics including the science of not boring people, how to work a tough room, and what to do when things go wrong.
About Scott Berkun
Scott Berkun is a well known American public speaker and author.
Berkun has authored several books including The Art Of Project Management, Making Things Happen, Mindfire: Big Ideas For Curious Minds, and The Myths Of Innovation.
Berkun studied design, computer science, and philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University. He began his career at Microsoft in 1994, and worked on Internet Explorer 1.0 to 5.0, MSN, and Windows. He left the software company in 2003 to take up a full time writing career. He has also been a commentator on MSNBC, CNBC, and National Public Radio. He has written for The New York Times, Forbes Magazine, Wired Magazine, The Washington Post, and Fast Company. Berkun was awarded the Jolt Award for Productivity Winner in 2008 for The Myths Of Innovation.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 I can’t see you naked
Chapter 2 The attack of the butterflies
Chapter 3 $30,000 an hour
Chapter 4 How to work a tough room
Chapter 5 Do not eat the microphone
Chapter 6 The science of not boring people
Chapter 7 Lessons from my 15 minutes of fame
Chapter 8 The things people say
Chapter 9 The clutch is your friend
Chapter 10 Confessions
Appendix The little things pros do
Appendix How to make a point
Appendix What to do if your talk sucks
Appendix What to do when things go wrong
Appendix You can’t do worse than this
Appendix Research and recommendations
Appendix How to help this book: a request
Appendix Photo credits
Quite useful and Well researched material
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17 Mar, 2012