Monday, January 1, 2007



Books that I've read and recommend.

Power Points!: How to Design and Deliver Presentations That Sizzle and Sell
by Harry Mills -2007 (250 pages)

Today’s audiences have come to expect presentations that are informative, innovative and visually exciting. This valuable guide shows readers how to create and use stunning PowerPoint visuals, while also speaking with greater eloquence and persuasiveness.

PowerSpeak: Engage, Inspire, and Stimulate Your Audience
by Dorothy Leeds -2003 (286 pages)

This book focuses on the elements of speaking effectively from a design and a delivery perspective. It shows you how to engage, stimulate, and maintain an audience's attention, and also focuses on the trouble spots of any presentation.

Putting the Power in Your PowerPoint with 21 Mistakes to Avoid and 9 PowerPoint Philosophies

by Patricia Fripp -2007 (13 pages)

Addressing different creation and presentation methods, as well as potential pitfalls that you should be aware of, this guide offers practical advice and valuable guidance that is sure to provide a welcome improvement to your next presentation.

Speak for a Living: The Insider's Guide to Building a Professional Speaking Career by Anne Bruce - 2008 (256 pages)

Showing readers how to take their natural talents to the next level by becoming an in-demand speaker and trainer, the author of this book shares her real-life experiences from her own speaking and training career.

Speak to Win: How to Present with Power in Any Situation
by Brian Tracy -2008 (208 pages)

Brimming with unbeatable strategies for winning people over every time, this powerful book reveals time-tested tricks of the trade that readers can use to present powerfully and speak persuasively.

Speak with Confidence: Powerful Presentations That Inform, Inspire, and Persuade

by Dianna Booher - 2003 (254 pages)

Written for sweaty-palmed beginners and seasoned execs alike, this systematic guide delivers powerful, battle-tested strategies and tips guaranteed to transform even the most fainthearted presenter into a masterful communicator.

The Ten-Minute Trainer: Ways to Teach It Quick and Make It Stick!
by Sharon L. Bowman -2005 (300 pages)

Featuring a variety of exercises that are quick, topic-related, and fun, this book provides useful answers that will help you reduce delivery time, increase retention and improve knowledge and skill transfer.

The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable for Managers (And Their Employees)
by Patrick Lencioni -2007 (272 pages)

Filled with actionable advice you can put into effect immediately, this book includes a detailed model examining the three signs of job misery and how they can be remedied for increased productivity, greater retention, and competitive advantage.

Top Performer's Guide to Speeches and Presentations: Essential Skills that Put You on Top

by Tim Ursiny, Gary DeMoss and Jim Morel - 2007 (128 pages)

Helping businesspeople master that most daunting of workplace challenges: addressing a group of coworkers, clients or customers, this guide covers overcoming nerves and fear, preparing for different types of speeches and engaging the audience.

Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins: How to Use Your Own Stories to Communicate with Power and Impact

by Annette Simmons - 2007 (240 pages)

Showing you how to use personal stories to get your ideas across and create meaningful connections between you and your audience, this book offers the tools you need to persuade, inspire, and influence others through the power of story.

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