Category Archives: Book Reviews

SpeakerToolbox: Daniel Pink’s New Book

I recently read Daniel Pink’s new book, To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others. OK, it isn’t the end all, be all… However, I can wholeheartedly say that Pink got inside my head, causing me to re-think … Continue reading

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SpeakerToolbox: Seven of My Favorite Books

What makes a book a good read? For me, it is when it instills confidence, helps to clarify what I have been pondering and of course, inspires new ideas.  If you want to be confident, heard and inspiring when you … Continue reading

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SpeakerByte #27: Don’t Make Me Think

In the book, Don’t Make Me Think, author Steve Krug counsels against complicating your message. I believe most of your listeners would agree with his advice.  To help ensure your listeners can quickly and easily understand your message, try this … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading to Boost Your Presentation IQ

Recently, a client expressed anxiety about presenting. She said she always over-prepared, obsessing for weeks in advance, losing sleep and repeatedly rehashing what she wanted to say and do. I asked her, “When do you know your presentation is good … Continue reading

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Boring to Bravo: Proven Techniques to Engage, Involve & Inspire

So if you’ve ever wondered how to make eye contact with an audience of thousands, the eight ways for conducting an audience poll, or when it’s perfectly appropriate to bribe audience members, flip through the pages of Boring to Bravo. It’ll quickly have you cheering “Bravo!” and eagerly awaiting Arnold’s next book. The latest release by current NSA president Kristin Arnold, Boring to Bravo is a compendium of techniques (90, to be exact) that you can use to reinvigorate your next presentation. Continue reading

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Nancy Duarte’s New Release will Resonate with Readers for Years to Come

  Hot off the press, Nancy Duarte’s book, Resonate, present visual stories that transform audiences is quite simply, remarkable! You don’t read this book, you experience it.  Each of her 9 Rules are so clearly defined and described that they … Continue reading

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Improving the “Stickiness” of Your Big Ideas

The title of this book certainly “stuck” with me over the past few months – it seemed it was being mentioned wherever I went.
When I finally picked up my own copy and brought it on a recent flight, I was glad I did. Like a fun, upbeat friend, Made to Stick kept me company during the trip, with content that was at once entertaining, educational and exhilarating.
Accomplished educators and idea collectors Chip and Dan Heath offer up practical, tangible strategies for making your ideas stick – a concept that should resonate with any presenter faced with a high-pressure, high-stakes situation. Continue reading

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