Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever: Break the Rules, Make Mistakes, and Win Them Over

Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever Break the Rules Make Mistakes and Win Them Over Karen Hough doesn t want you to be perfect People fear public speaking because they worry about having to conform to all sorts of handed down rules that tie them up in knots and put their audiences to

  • Title: Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever: Break the Rules, Make Mistakes, and Win Them Over
  • Author: Karen Hough
  • ISBN: 9781626560499
  • Page: 176
  • Format: ebook
  • Karen Hough doesn t want you to be perfect People fear public speaking because they worry about having to conform to all sorts of handed down rules that tie them up in knots and put their audiences to sleep It s authenticity and passion that win people over, she says, not polish But you can t be authentic if you re following guidelines that drain the life and personKaren Hough doesn t want you to be perfect People fear public speaking because they worry about having to conform to all sorts of handed down rules that tie them up in knots and put their audiences to sleep It s authenticity and passion that win people over, she says, not polish But you can t be authentic if you re following guidelines that drain the life and personality out of your presentation.Hough debunks over a dozen myths about presenting to make it fun and natural for everyone She explains how practicing in front of a mirror makes you worse, why you should never end with questions, and much She includes true stories of people who not only were able to become great presenters by being bad but actually came to enjoy it Like them, by following Karen Hough s wise and witty advice, you ll be able to tear up the old rules and embrace and develop your own style You ll be freed to be a living, breathing, occasionally clumsy human being whose enthusiasm is powerful and infectious.

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    1. For anyone who wants to become a better presenter or, more largely, a better communicator, this is a valuable book. It moves away from the absolutes that people hear all the time (i.e. imagine your audience in their underwear) and provides some more reasonable and realistic suggestions. Recommended for anyone who talks in public and wants to up their game a bit to be more authentic, and less plastic!

    2. If you have read/taken more than 1-2 trainings on public speaking, there is probably nothing new here. However, this slim, easy to read book neatly summarizes (with good examples) tips for making better speeches/presentations, such as know your audience (backgrounds, expectations), why they should listen (what's in it for them?), what is the end result/action they should take based upon what you say, etc.

    3. As a long-time teacher of public speaking, I pick up this book with considerable skepticism The sub-tile is "Break the Rules, Make Mistakes, and Win Them Over."The best thing Hough does is deflate the traditional advice about learning to be an effective speaker. For example, she provides a devastating attack on the cliche about imagining the audience in their underwear. He also reminds us that we shouldn't practice in front of a mirror. It doesn't prepare us to look at a real audience while we a [...]

    4. This was another First Read giveaway that I entered. The cover and the title piqued my interest, and the text did not disappoint.Karen Hough, who is well-schooled in the art of improv, walks readers through the basic rules of presenting that we've all been taught over the years, and systematically explains why you should break or forget each and every one of them. I notice that even in her writing, she practices what she preaches, using stories and examples instead of dull facts and figures. It [...]

    5. I received this book as a giveaway from . I wish I had this book while I was still in college! So many of my boring classroom presentations would have been much easier to manage and more fun! The whole concept of "throwing out the rules" and "being a bad presenter" were very convincing, using stories and examples to back up the ideas. Which is also one of the main points on giving "bad" presentations! I feel like the book read like what Karen Hough would sound like if I got to see her present. I [...]

    6. This was a quick read with excellent tips on how to be a strong presenter. It debunks many of the former public speaking rules. The basics of being a good presenter is to really know your materials, rehearse several times and speak from the heart. This was a helpful read for me and I recommend to all who want to improve their public speaking skills.

    7. Lots of good advice unevenly presented. If public speaking intimidates you, this is a book you need to read. Everyone else will be bored.

    8. Very good summary of what NOT to do. Because the books and the schools are teaching powerpoint all wrong. Or at least they were when I left.

    9. I am not really being fair to this book. It is a good read for someone who is new to public speaking, but most of the advice and tips seemed were already familiar to me.

    10. It was a very good book about presenting, and while I didn't agree with everything listed, I definitely came away with a lot of good ideas in regards to presentations.

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