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About the Author

Harrison Monarth is the founder and president of GuruMaker, a global communications consulting firm that helps Fortune 500 executives, international politicians, and other high-level professionals shape events using the skills of persuasion, image management, and media leveraging. He is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Confident Speaker.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (November 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071632875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071632874
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harrison Monarth is the Founder and President of GuruMaker - School of Professional Speaking, a high-impact communications consulting firm that counts Fortune 500 executives, professionals and political candidates as clients. Through GuruMaker, he has assembled a select team of coaches, trainers and behavior change experts, who work together to help clients overcome their most challenging communication issues and influence important events through the skill of public discourse. Dubbed The Speakinator by one of his enthusiastic clients, Harrison has been a sought-after authority in the field of confidential executive presentation coaching for more than a decade. He has helped executives and corporate leaders from top companies throughout Europe and the United States prepare and deliver crucial business presentations. He advises companies on their communication and media strategies and helps executives craft compelling messages to the public. He is a specialist in persuasive communication and reducing conflict and crisis through effective messaging, and is frequently called upon when the stakes are high and audiences need persuading.

Harrison has personally coached senior corporate leaders from top companies such as Merrill Lynch, Hertz, Intel, Cisco Systems as well as the American Heart Association and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. He also provides coaching and message development services to various Members of Congress.

His first book, "The Confident Speaker" (McGraw-Hill 2007), became a New York Times bestseller shortly after release in 2007. Harrison's new book, "Executive Presence: The Art of Commanding Respect Like a CEO" (McGraw-Hill 2009) is available now.

Harrison regularly travels between LA, his home in Denver, Colorado and Washington D.C. and makes frequent trips to Europe for his overseas clients and to visit family.

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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Easy Writer on November 3, 2011
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The book starts extremely well written, with the author comparing corporate life to being in a jungle. Why is the lion the king of the jungle when other animals are stronger, better hunters, faster? Because of his regal mane and impressive roar. And the author promises in this book he'll show you how to be king of the boardroom.

Does the book deliver on this promise? Well...sort of. Each chapter feels like a Reader's Digest version of other great business books. I've read all this stuff before in books like "Influence" (Bob Cialdini), "In the Line of Fire" (Jerry Weissman), "The Psychology of Persuasion" (Kevin Hogan) and so on.

Perhaps that's fine. An executive would find value in a single book that summarizes key ideas from other business books.

Monarth goes broad without going deep. Each chapter reads more like a blog article than an intelligent and indepth discussion. The advice is thrown out casually, like it's the easiest thing in the world to learn how to read someone's body language. Monarth does not linger on a point but breezily moves onto other points.

And that's where my disatisfaction lies. Monarth adds no new ideas of his own. Monarth had an opportunity to stitch all these great insights together into something bigger - a useful system for managing your executive presence. Instead, it's all left disconnected and shallow; chapter after chapter of lists of other people's ideas.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Schlott on June 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Absolutely love this book! Not only is Harrison's thinking down to earth and practical but easy to understand and implement immediately. It has been a huge relief to learn that someone of his clout and experience believes and teaches you can reach the C-suite by leveraging what you already have, yourself - just managed. Harrison reminds me that we all have `that special thing' if we could just hone our executive presence and plan for the career changing moments. Just over the past four months, I've used his knowledge on several occasions in my career and I continuously find myself in planning meetings and leading initiatives where I am the only person in the room that is not a VP or Executive. Why? Because I have been able to establish report, reputation and an executive presence that allows the executives to give me reign and freedom to show them the goods to back it all up. As Harrison points out, commanding respect like a CEO requires reading others, influencing perceptions, persuading naysayers, creating a personal brand, managing reputation and controlling any possible damage to the previous. It's quite easy to lay out a strategy with his experience and research as a guide. In fact I've used several of the personal points within this book to ignite the company to go about the same transformation.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Why is the lion king of the jungle? The reasons, says business consultant and executive coach Harrison Monarth, are his "impressive mane" and "even more impressive roar." Though other creatures may be smarter or even bigger, the lion has a special blend of true power and "an image and related behavior" that convey that power. In today's business jungle, image matters, too. If you want to rise to the top of your firm, whether you are a lion or a lioness, you must craft and maintain an "executive presence" by combining superior communication skills with the ability to "read" people accurately and influence their perceptions. Explaining these techniques and more, Monarth's ambitious work is dense with information and strives to cover a broad range of topics, some complex enough to warrant their own books. getAbstract recommends Monarth's comprehensive advice to professionals who want to win the lion's share of influence and power at their firms.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Super Shopper on February 4, 2011
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I bought this book based on it's cover reviews and while it has a wealth of great information, I find the author's style a bit challenging to read. There is no doubt Harrison Monarth is an expert, and I'm certain his programs are totally engaging in person.

The challenge in processing his wealth of knowledge is the abundance of one-sentence paragrpahs, or just plain long sentences! At times, it was tedious to get through a concept. Would've like more "how to" info on the social intellengence segment. He does a terrific job with branding yourself online, however.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr Dona on October 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I really love this book. I say this in the present tense because i keep coming back to it. Its one of those great books that you can read in its entirety, get a lot out of it ... and then put it down for months and pick it up again to go back to specific sections for more wisdom. Very practical and not one of those 'one idea' books. There's definitely a lot of depth here that you can really work on.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Adam Wright on November 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Excellent information written in an entertaining and lively style. Creating a personal brand is imperative in today's über-connected society and how you go about it will determine your success. This book shows the benefits and cautions readers about the traps of personal branding in the age of social media. The author makes it very clear that the responsibility of managing one's reputation has to be taken seriously as the consequences of either being invisible in our digital world are almost as dire as being visible in a negative way via twitter, facebook, myspace, LinkedIn and other social and professional networks. I for one will be much more careful about my online posting after reading this book. I also loved the step-by-step advice on how to increase one's social intelligence, something that's still not taught to any significant extend in most business schools, even though it is said to be a key factor in getting ahead and promoted at work.
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