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The One Minute Presenter First Edition

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The difference between the right book about business presentations and others is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug. This book is the lightning. This is the landmark book on business presentations. --Michael Michalko, author, Thinkertoys (A Handbook of Creative Thinking Techniques).

Warwick John Fahy is an incredible communicator. This book proves it! Every business presenter should not just read it, but internalize it! --Darren LaCroix, 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking.

Powerful, perceptive and practical advice for anyone presenting in a world of shortening attention spans. Use this book and profit. --Suzanne Bates, President and CEO Bates Communications Inc., author, Speak Like a CEO and Motivate Like a CEO.

About the Author

Warwick John Fahy is an executive speech coach, facilitator and author of The One Minute Presenter : an 8 step guide to delivering successful business presentations in a world of short attention spans. Warwick was inducted into the Toastmasters International Hall of Fame in August 2007 for his pioneering leadership as chairman for Toastmasters in China. Warwick is the founding Chairman of the Professional Speakers Association of China. Warwick is Asia's leading business presentation coach for senior executives, business leaders and entrepreneurs who need to influence their clients, investors, board and team members. As a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), Warwick facilitates business results with leaders and teams in results-oriented, process-driven retreats, workshops and executive boot camps. His book The One Minute Presenter is a sponsor of The Library Project and for every book sold, a book will be bought for an orphan in China. In his spare time, Warwick competes in triathlons and is a committee member of The British Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Unique Voices Publishing; First edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9881805015
  • ISBN-13: 978-9881805010
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,577,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Warwick John Fahy is Asia's leading business presentation coach working with senior executives, business leaders and entrepreneurs who need to influence clients, investors, shareholders and team members. His down-to-earth practical approach and deep cross cultural understanding have made him a sought after business presentation coach throughout Asia.

Public speaking pioneer
Warwick was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007 by Toastmasters International, the world's largest public speaking organisation, for his pioneering leadership as chairman in China. He is founding President of the Professional Speakers Association of China and a member of the New York National Speakers Association.

Business results facilitator
Warwick is invited by multinationals to consult, train and coach executives in the key skills of communication and leadership. Warwick demonstrates deep cultural intelligence while collaborating with teams across China, Asia and the Middle East. He has lived in Asia since 1994 and facilitates in both English and Mandarin. He is an International Association of Facilitators' Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), granted after demonstrating evidence of competency in five core facilitation areas.

Enlightened business leader
Warwick serves as General Manager of TEAMSWORK China, an accredited social enterprise, which helps retain and develop talent for multinationals through consulting, training and executive coaching services across Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Warwick has been recognised as an enlightened business owner with two nominations for the Extraordinary Life Awards for social entrepreneurs. He has served as an elected committee member for the British Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. Warwick loves nature and sports, competing in Ironman triathlons.

More about The One Minute Presenter workshop and coaching at www.oneminutepresenter.com

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The One Minute Presenter by Warwick John Fahy shows us how to become a more effective presenter. I love how he has designed his book for three different reading speeds. For really fast reading, each chapter starts with three columns: Content; One Minute Learning; and Process. It's easy to skip around in the book to find your specific problem area, and then go back to peruse those chapters.

Mr. Fahy is a great communicator as you can see in how he lays out the "Roadmap" for a great presentation. He offers a lot of information on how to overcome fear, treasure your audience, and my favorite chapter--Produce Your Message. He walks you through giving a presentation, step-by-step, and ends with a strong finish. It's an easy and fast read, and I recommend this to anyone wanting to give a winning presentation.
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The premise of the book is acknowledging and overcoming the fact that people's attention spans are getting shorter and shorter, due to technological gadgets and demanding schedules. After the introductory material, the book takes you through "stations" of topics based on your level/interest. Topics include:

- tips and strategies to overcome public speaking fears
- finding the right level of detail to present for diverse audiences (audience analysis)
- examples of desired outcomes and how to create them
- creating a concise purpose ("high concept"--like an elevator speech)
- creating taglines
- how to connect with your audience and engage them (building rapport)
- adjusting your speaking voice to add emphasis and energy (vocal variety)
- managing interruptions during a presentation*
- conducting a smooth question-and-answer session (mastering extemporaneous speaking)
- rehearsal time and strategies (one hour of rehearsal per minute of presentation)
- how to shorten a presentation "on the fly"

The illustrations, charts, and navigational signposts kept the material interesting and made it easy to follow. The one downside of this book is the lack of editing. I noticed editorial issues throughout the book: numerous typos (several in the first chapter), missing/extra words in sentences, a few rushed/incomplete transitions, incorrect grammar usage, and the index needs some work. To some people this would be a turnoff that may cause them not to read the rest of the book. A few other notes--In the beginning of Part 3, the author quoted himself, which seems a little strange to me. Part 3 consists of only one chapter, and it is only a few pages.
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"The One Minute Presenter" is yet another book on the subject of effective presentations and it stands out as one of the best. Not only does author, Warwick Fahy know his topic, but he also knows how to communicate it in a way that engages the reader.

The book is well written and cleverly structured. Like a good presenter should, Fahy grabs your attention from the outset by relating the dropping (and smashing) of a large watermelon from a tall building, to our average attention span - both are a mess! After that start, it's two short chapters to pose the question "Nobody's listening" and provide the solution "Help is here", before introducing the road map of "Your journey".

"Your Journey" is in fact the eight stations along the road map to an effective presentation. Fahy very cleverly suggests that you should tick the stations you want to stop at, depending on your need. He also provides suggestions on how to get the best out of the book depending on your speed of reading - Step by Step, Jump Around, or Jet Ski.

Each chapter starts with an overview of Content, One Minute Learning, and the Process. Each of these is in bullet form and gives the reader a very clear idea of what's in store at this stop.

Chapters (stations) often have side-bars with personal stories or expert's tips. This enables the reader to follow the flow of the chapter and refer to the side-bar as and when ready. Each of the eight stops commences with a short case study of someone experiencing difficulty with this aspect of presenting. Fahy then shows how this difficulty can be overcome. I found two of the chapters, "Manage all interruptions" and "Master the Q&A", to be particularly useful as "How to's" explaining how to expertly manage a range of situations.
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As a professional, your ability to give an effective presentation and deliver your message to the audience is one of the most important skills you need.
In The One Minute Presenter, Warwick John Fahy offers simple, easy to follow eight steps to become an excellent presenter. He addressed all aspects of a presentation, and difficulties a presenter may face. He offers a scientific explanation for the reason these difficulties happen, followed with powerful tips and proven techniques needed to enhance your delivery. Following his eight steps, you will be able to deliver effective messages especially to those busy professionals in a world of information overload.
The One Minute Presenter is excellent for the novice and a refresher for seasoned presenters on what it takes to get your message across. It is organized in a unique way that enable you to pick topics of interest with ease. For a seasoned presenter, this book increases your understanding of today's tech savvy, easily distracted audiences, and how to engage them in your presentation and reach them with your message. It also helps you speak with clarity, teaches you how to overcome tension associated with public speaking, and enhances your ability to answer audience questions, overcome presentation interruptions, and get your important message through to your audience.
An added bonus is the resources Warwick cited in his book. These resources can help you expand on what he offers to enrich your experience.
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