Wouldn’t it be great if when you
presented, people actually
Killer Presentation Skills is a proven, effective, life
changing approach to presenting to groups that is now
used by tens of thousands worldwide.
J. Douglas Jefferys’ volume encompasses both presentation design and delivery, based on his
30 years experience as a corporate trainer, professional speaker, and presentation developer.
Presentation Skills covers every aspect of presenting
one needs to know in order to perform at the top 5th
percentile of public speakers. Starting with a clear
explanation of how humans are wired to communicate, the
author describes exactly how our bodies react when we attempt
to speak to groups as most of us have been doing since
childhood. (Bottom line: It doesn't work.)
then learn that the art of doing it right actually
involves not so much learning a new set of skills as it
does simply casting off most of your old ones.
Speaking well, speaking confidently requires doing much
less than what you're doing now. And because the
process is so much easier, you'll adapt to the new
habits in very little time.
here: Physical Behaviors, Developing Content, and then
Putting it All Together - what you do when you've got
all the elements in place. Each chapter not only ends
with a review of salient points to remember, but also the
reader is given specific exercises that can be done on
one's own to re-enforce the learning. The book is
filled with links to videos of famous great speakers and
original animations that bring the learning alive.
In the back are appendices of transcripts of great
speeches broken down, line by line, into the exact cadence of
the speaker's original delivery.
also leaves no doubt that there is an inextricable relationship between design and
delivery, and that you can’t do either well without a good understanding of the other. Readers
will be delighted to know that this is a take-it-home-and-use-it-in-business-tomorrow class of book. Everything that Mr. Jefferys brings forth in this often entertaining discourse applies to the presentation you’re working on right now.
second half of the book is structured around
“The Seven Basic Rules” of presentation design, and before Jefferys tells you what to do, he tells you why.
In one chapter, Jefferys takes square aim at the illustrious
Tufte, considered in many circles to be the pre-eminent guru on visualizing information, and who has spent much of this century writing and lecturing on the “dangers” of using PowerPoint in scholastic, scientific or other “serious” environments.
Yet by offering an amazingly oclear and easily understood alternative design to the infamous “Boeing” slide, considered by Tufte to be proof that PowerPoint killed the seven Columbia astronauts, the author irrefutably demonstrates that properly constructed slides actually can deliver exactly the intended message, and that the only danger is the lack of training most people receive before being taxed to design and give consequential presentations.
This beautifully penned book will not only change forever the way you view presentation design and delivery, it delivers the tools you need to make those changes now. Follow these rules, and you will save your next audience from