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The Presentation Coach

The Presentation Coach: Bare Knuckle Brilliance for Every Presenter by Graham Davies

“You probably hate giving presentations.  You probably hate listening to them too.  Why?  Because most business presentations are too long, too detailed, too boring… and submerged under a blizzard of PowerPoint.

But the single most important presentational tool known to man isn’t a slideshow.  It’s you.

Whether you’re speaking to one person across a table, 20 people in a boardroom or 1,000 people in a ballroom, it’s all about the words you say and how you say them.

The Presentation Coach shows you how to use what you’ve already got, to give you clarity, confidence and impact in every speaking challenge you will ever face.  You’ll learn the unique Bare Knuckle 5-step process to effective presenting, and how to apply it to all business speaking, from large-scale presentations to one-to-one client meetings.  Graham Davies has been coaching high-profile individuals from the worlds of business, politics and entertainment in exactly these techniques for the past 25 years.”

Chapter 1 – The Essentials

Chapter 2 – Know your Audience

Chapter 3 – Make the Statement

Chapter 4 – Hard-Core Content

Chapter 5 – Write it, Read it, Edit

Chapter 6 – From Famous First Words …

Chapter 7 – Nail it all Down

Chapter 8 – Show it … if you really must

Chapter 9 – Control Yourself

Chapter 10 – Control the Day

Chapter 11 – Control Q&A

Chapter 12 – Raise a Smile

Chapter 13 – Adapt to After Dinner

Chapter 14 – Should I Accept the Invitation

Chapter 15 – Challenging Business Situations

Chapter 16 – Challenging Personal Situations

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I really like the tone and style of The Presentation Coach and will be recommending it as an essential read for everyone who has to give presentations.  I particularly like the Action Steps at the end of each chapter which really make you focus on what you’ve read and focus on taking constructive action to implement the suggestions.  This book should be next to you whenever you next start thinking about delivering a presentation…

Here are some quotes from the first couple of chapters … to whet your appetite:

“You may well dread giving presentations.  But always bear in mind that audiences dread listening to them even more.”

“A presentation is real communication, with life and breath and flesh and blood.  Only a live presenter can provide information with inspiration and impact.”

“Knowledge and intellect are useless without the power to communicate.”

“A presentation that includes everything usually achieves nothing.”

“It is possible – and often highly desirable – to make a compelling formal business presentation without using PowerPoint.”

“A presentation is any spoken communication designed to change someone’s point of view.”

“The success of your presentation depends on how much what you say coincides with what they want and need to hear.”

 

To find out more about Graham Davies visit his website : http://www.grahamdavies.co.uk/

Comments on: "The Presentation Coach" (1)

  1. And there was I thinking that I was way out in the “left field” with my views on people’s over-reliance on PowerPoint!

    Presenters can’t necessarily teach or inspire, but teachers can certainly inspire and present.

    All the repeat business I’ve secured within the NHS has been achieved through face-to-face discussion backed up by the quality of delivery from my team. None of it’s been won by PowerPoint.

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