Confessions of a Public Speaker (English and English Edition)
In this hilarious and highly practical book, author and professional speaker Scott Berkun reveals the techniques behind what great communicators do, and shows how anyone can learn to use them well. 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
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First, this book was not your ...more
1) "Most people listening to presentations around the world right now are hoping their speakers will end soon. That's all they want. They're not judging as much ass you link, because they don't care as much as you think. Knowing this helps enormously. If some disaster happens, something explodes or I trip and fall, I'll have more attention from the audience than I probably had 30 seconds before. And if I don't care that mu ...more
Ако не ви се чете, ето двете най-важни неща: репетирайте и след репетициите кажете, нещо което да е полезно и забававно на хората пред вас. За предпочитане им разкажете история.
What I like about this book:
1. I find myself in there: "In hundreds of lectures around the world, I’ve done most of the scary, tragic, embarrassing things that terrify people. I’ve been heckled by drunken crowds in a Boston bar. I’ve lectured to empty seats, and a bored janitor, in New York City. I’ve had a laptop crash in ...more
This is not a formal textbook on public speaking; rather it is more like a loosely formed collection of speaking tidbits (with stories) that one can use in a variety of situations.
The author gives good insights into how to properly conduct a classroom or conference, especially when things aren't going according to plan regarding te ...more
I got this book on a Toastmaster recommendation. It is nice to think about speaking, as you are preparing to give speeches. He writes in an entertaining way, and I found myself laughing outloud and sharing some things (worst human fears). It helped me a bit to talk to the exchange student who was planning to present about Italy to classes (practice, practice). However, it was easily set aside for other books.
If we all spoke thoughtfully and listened carefully, the world woul ...more
I've read pretty much any book I can get my hands onto about public speaking as I've recently started speaking at conferences and was expecting this one to be similar with the same trite advice as everyone else. This was not the case at all. Scott speaks regularly around the world and offered first hand knowledge and experience through out the book. He openly speaks of his flubs and what he learned from them and how the reader can learn fr ...more
The book is a good mix of practical advice, helpful ane ...more
The appendices were very useful: What to do if your talk sucks; What to do when things go wrong; You can't do worse than this.
Experienced public speakers may not get a lot out of this, unless they suspect the ...more
Everyone interested in improving their public speaking skills should read this book. It's a pretty short read, so you can get through it quickly.
The reason I find Scott Berkun interesting is that he is an author that comes from a technical background. He worked at Microsoft for many years, mostly in IE (from version 1 to version 4), holding a project manager role there. Then he quit and decided to become a book author. He put all the experience he gained working at Microsoft in hist firs ...more
This book is about public speaking as a performance, as a performing art. Tips and pointers from a seasoned professional public speaker on what makes a good speech, how to hold your audience's attention, how to deal ...more
Am I turning this review into a ...more
But if you are curious about what it really takes to deliver an effective speech, you need to understand both how compelling content is created as well as learning the presentation skills to del ...more
1) Most people are afraid of public speaking.
2) I fall into the category of "most people".
That's right, I have a confession to make: I'm afraid of public speaking!
Confessions Of A Public Speaker , written by Scott Berkun, is laced with insights about speaking -- it's partly autobiographical and entirely useful. Near the beginning of the book Berkun reminds readers that if they're interested in the world of ideas, and want to help traffic them, then t ...more
"The best speakers know enough to be scared. . . the only difference between the pros and the novices is that the pros have trained the butterflies to fly in formation." -Edward R. Murrow
"Can you guess what most people who are worried about their presentations refuse to do? Practice?"
"When I practice, especially with a draft of new material, I run into many issues. And when ...more
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