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About the Author

Karen Hough is CEO of ImprovEdge, which creates training using improvisation to teach business skills. She is an Amazon bestselling author, keynote speaker, contributor to the Huffington Post, and winner of the Stevie International Award for Most Innovative Company of the Year.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (May 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626560471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626560475
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was recommended by a coworker so I had fairly high expectations. Unfortunately, the book didn't quite meet them. Don't get me wrong, Karen provides excellent advice. But, the style of the book just didn't resonate with me. The book is short, but felt much longer. I think her points could have been made more succinctly. I found the references to 'being bad' somewhat gimmicky. Parts of the book had too much "and then I did this'. Felt a bit like an advertisement. I think the style and the language would have been much more suited to a presentation than a book. In fact, each chapter as a video snippet would be excellent. When it comes to presentation advice, 'showing it' is more effective than writing about it. I suspect a presentation by Karen would be impressive.
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I stumbled on a YouTube video of Karen giving a talk and it found it so compelling that I watched several of her videos. Having been in sales for 25 years, making presentations has always been an area of interest. I now teach sales strategy and competitive positioning and push all my clients to Karen's work as the easiest and most effective way make presentations. I also host the Brutal Truth about Sales & Selling podcast and had the opportunity to interview Karen which was both fun and informative. Karen was kind enough to share an advanced copy of the book which is now my handbook on preparing to make a presentation. The book is entertaining and well written, it takes into account that we are all human and instead of pushing us to be perfect, it encourages us to flow with our flaws. Karen's unique background in improv as well as in sales shows that she really knows how to make us all the best bad presenter ever. If you are unsure if this book is for you or just want to learn more check out Karen's YouTube videos or my interview with her.
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This book arrived in the mail one week before I was set to make a major presentation. Wanting to do the best job possible and seeing that the book was relatively short and easy to pick up, I picked it up and literally couldn't put it down. When I did put it down, most of it was underlined and I was energized and excited about recreating my existing presentation, employing all the lessons learned. THANK YOU, Karen Hough for helping me to hit the ball totally out of the ballpark thanks to the advice and inspiration and examples in this book. I thought I knew how to present. Wrong. Now I know how to present. Grab this book Right Away -- and you'll know, too!
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I love this book! When it comes to presenting everyone thinks they have THE right answer. Well, often times they are wrong. Learn why you shouldn't visualize Bob in Accounting naked or look at the back wall to fake eye contact. In a highly humorous way, author Karen Hough weaves together her deep experience as an improvisation performer and corporate trainer to teach us powerful lessons. The video links in each chapter are priceless. I could have used this book years ago and am definitely giving it to anyone who has even the slightest fear of public speaking!
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Karen Hough delivers a humorous, compassionate, encouraging book to help you to bring your best self to presenting. She is deeply knowledgeable; her book is based both upon her own experiences with presenting, improv, and working with others as well as on information derived from neuroscience and behavioral science. There are wonderful references for those who want to read more.

Her videos that support the book are easily accessed and very helpful. I just gave a presentation yesterday that I KNOW was much better because I had Karen supporting me all the way. In the videos, you just feel her rooting and pulling for you. I did several things deliberately because of her book: I practiced more (yesterday alone, I did it 5 times), I did NOT practice in front of the mirror (as usual), and I practiced with a louder voice as if I were in front of an entire audience. I also resisted the desire to put a lot of information on my slides and instead went with few slides that contained pictures or quotes that went across the entire screen. I also told a story before I gave ANY statistical information. I got great feedback about the presentation!

This is truly a great resource that I will use time and again! Thank you!!
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I was starting to write what is probably the most challenging speech I will ever give. After hearing the author present at a local event, I read Be The Best Bad Presenter Ever. The book helped me reduce my fears and organize the presentation in a friendlier, less wordy, more organized manner. No more power points! It also gave me important little tips like practicing the speech in front of a mirror. The book isn't dry and boring like some self-help books; It's fast paced. It has given me tools to feel confident that I will make a great presentation and that I will be a better public speaker in the future. Anyone with an important speech to give, old pros who think they already know everything about public speaking, and students whose chins tremble at the thought of giving a class presentation will benefit from reading the book.
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In my professional career, I’ve followed all the rules that Karen suggests breaking. I wish I had this book sooner. It’s difficult figuring out how to be yourself in front of a crowd or leading a meeting, but I can see how Karen’s advice will make it easier. We’re all so afraid of making mistakes, but we should be more afraid of being boring! I know a few co-workers I will recommend this book to.
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