Title Develop Your Presentation Skills, 4/e (Creating Success Series)
Subtitle How to Inspire and Inform with Clarity and Confidence
Author Theo Theobald
ISBN 9780749486358
List price GBP 9.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 184
Book size 140 x 216 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Kogan Page Limited
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
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Status New Arrival
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Develop Your Presentation Skills offers step-by-step advice to prepare effectively and nail that presentation. Going beyond just handling nerves and presenting slides, this quick and easy guide provides a practical toolkit for developing a winning presentation and improving your confidence along the way. From unpicking the original brief and understanding just what the audience wants, to facing your performance demons and constructing compelling content, you will keep your audience rapt with attention.

Complete with anecdotes and expert input to help you avoid disaster, Develop Your Presentation Skills also includes content to help you to deliver a presentation ‘stripped bare’ and to use new media to engage with your audience. Fully updated for 2019, this 4th edition now features even more practical exercises, useful templates, and top tips to help you find your voice and use it with style; to inform, to persuade, to impress.

The Creating Success series of books...

Unlock vital skills, power up your performance and get ahead with the bestselling Creating Success series. Written by experts for new and aspiring managers and leaders, this million-selling collection of accessible and empowering guides will get you up to speed in no time. Packed with clever thinking, smart advice and the kind of winning techniques that really get results, you’ll make fast progress, quickly reach your goals and create lasting success in your career.


Key Features:

  • Helps you face your performance demons, improve your skills and enhance your career prospects
  • Provides in-depth advice on how to cultivate successful interaction with an audience, find an authentic voice, and judge what’s expected of a presenter
  • Is part of the bestselling Creating Success series, which has sold over a million copies and contains practical advice on essential and value-adding work skills to help you develop your career
  • New to this edition: New and improved practical features to aid learning, including useful templates, top tips, and interactive, reflective exercises




Chapter 1: What’s your motivation? • Personal goal setting • The presenter’s alter ego • Who are you? • Main elements of character

Chapter 2: Where do you begin? • Different types of presentation • Desperately seeking speaking

Chapter 3: What on earth are you going to say? • Start with the audience • Develop templates • Topicality • Active research and statistical information • Individuality • Using quotations

Chapter 4: It’s time to write... now! • The big script • Write it, learn it • Notes and nudges • Writing with PowerPoint • The five steps to good writing

Chapter 5: The power of storytelling • The benefits of storytelling • Collecting stories • How to tell a story

Chapter 6: Using humour • Appropriateness • Are you funny? • Planned versus off the cuff • What to expect when you deliver a funny line • Jokes versus anecdotes • What to do when humour fails • The art of exaggeration • Topicality

Chapter 7: Visual aids and other tools • High-tech tools • Low-tech tools

Chapter 8: Rehearsal • Rehearsal technique • Memory tips

Chapter 9: Finding your voice • Power • Pitch • Passion • Pace • Umms and errs

Chapter 10: Openings • False starts • The negative start • Top tips for brilliant beginnings

Chapter 11: Endings • Make the ending definite • Make it upbeat • Make it tight • Make it passionate • Applause

Chapter 12: Handling your nerves • Rationalize • Control • Understand • Build confidence • Antidote to nerves – checklist • Body language

Chapter 13: Handling your audience • Fear of the audience • Build your skills • Audience interaction

Chapter 14: Question and answer sessions • The downsides • Tips for success

Chapter 15: Getting ready - some practical aspects • Dress code • Equipment

Chapter 16: As the moment approaches • The final countdown • I wasn’t expecting that!

Chapter 17: Stripped bare • Overcoming the fear of exposure • Preparing to succeed • Advanced memory tips • Creating standard material

Chapter 18: Advanced interactivity • The trouble with feedback • Is it dangerous? • Is it helpful? • A range of interactive techniques • Warming them up to interactivity

Chapter 19: Progress report • You are the best judge • Video and review • Good friends versus jealous peers • Audience reaction • Future bookings • Formal feedback

Chapter 20: Confidence under pressure • Building confidence • Adding value • Structure • Persuasion • Presenting under pressure • Editing

Chapter 21: What next? • Beyond best practice • Projection • Tools of the trade • Character • Frequency • Familiarity • And finally...

About the Author:

Theo Theobald is a freelance writer and business consultant with a track record that includes six years in senior sales and marketing management positions with the BBC and a creative writing career embracing major internet and audio production. In 2001 he started his own company, Shocktactic Ltd, and has undertaken major writing and production projects for a host of organisations such as the BBC and CIPD. He is the author of On Message and Develop Your Presentation Skills, also published by Kogan Page.

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This quick and easy guide provides a practical toolkit for developing a winning presentation and improving your confidence along the way.


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