I usually don’t just pick a book off the shelf without getting some kind of recommendation. But I grabbed The Exceptional Presenter by Timothy Koegel because the title got my attention. I read some of it at Barnes and Noble and I was hooked. This is a really good book for those of us who communicate regularly. I was shocked as he proceeded to list all of MY bad habits as a speaker 🙂 It was as though he listens to me every week and kept a list of all my idiosyncrasies.
Needless to say, this book was all nuts and bolts about speaking. There’s a lot of books out there that are more motivational about the importance of being of being a good speaker, but this gives a lot of practical advice.
Here’s a few of my favorite quotes:
“Those who practice improve.”
“Set the expectation within 60-90 seconds that your message is worth their undivided attention.”
“People associate a strong voice with confidence.”
“Presenters often make the mistake of talking about what is important to the presenter, not the audience.”
“People tend to remember the story and the message behind the story longer than they remember facts, figures, and formulas.”
I highly recommend this book.