I absorbed Scott Berkun’s Confessions of a Public Speaker (O’Reilly) during the four days after Christmas (amidst the bizarre humidity and noise of an indoor Boston water park with my family). Berkun grabbed & held my attention with amusing stories and solid advice that resonated with my presenting experiences, good and bad.
Read this book if you present at conferences, pitch your ideas, your products, or your firm. It’s a manual for being prepared and engaging. (It is not an in-depth discussion of rhetorical styles nor presentation slides; for these Berkun refers the reader elsewhere). The book offers many useful suggestions for conference hosts as well.
The central tenet of the book is that successful public speaking requires serious thinking. The more you’ve thought through your ideas, the more confident you will be in your ability to discuss them, even through technical glitches and difficult audience questions. Read the entire post: Book Review: Confessions of a Public Speaker