In Witt's succinct and humorous assessment of leadership strategies and the art of the public presentation, the business consultant focuses on the basics and the particulars that often go by the wayside when speakers rely on crutches like PowerPoint. A good speaker and leader knows that the individual is inseparable from his or her message, that ideas must be conveyed simply and powerfully, and that conviction is paramount to get others on board. Witt, founder and president of his own Witt Communications company, goes into great detail illustrating exactly what a successful speaker does and how those skills translate to good leadership. While Witt's primer doesn't say anything particularly new, it's a fine demonstration of his principles at work: well-organized and straightforward, with plenty of concrete take-away techniques. Geared toward those looking to get a leg up at work, shape their ideas and overcome the public speaking jitters, Witt's quick, witty instructional makes a fine addition to the office arsenal.
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By gearing his expertise to leaders who must wean themselves from PowerPoint and similar business crutches, communications consultant Witt (with the help of Fetherling) has struck figurative gold. As organizational representatives, crisis managers, major influencers, and the source of inspiration, executives have no choice but to master presence. The four elements of Demosthenes’ great speeches act as a fulcrum: great person, noteworthy occasion, compelling message, and masterful delivery. And the author follows those points faithfully, presenting his case in short chapters, with plenty of well-recognized examples (Ronald Reagan, Martin Luther King Jr., and Sojourner Truth) and with easy-to-understand principles. On anyone’s list of favorites is learn how to chunk your content, show and tell, and deliver the real you. Although this won’t write your next speech, it will help you begin to incorporate powerful words married with the right kind of tone and body language. --Barbara JacobsSee all Editorial Reviews
I've referenced this book for years but only read it cover-to-cover this week. I LOVE this book. It's quick, easy, interesting, and practical. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jean Valjean
This is a terrific book about how to present yourself and your ideas. I teach leadership and also do presentation coaching, so the material in Witt's book was right on point. Read morePublished 13 months ago by William Corsair
Witt doesn't break any new ground, but his extensive use of anecdotes and personal experiences brings to life the essentials of persuasion and presentation skills. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Brian
I was caught by the title and then disappointed by the content. It revealed nothing new or interesting. It is amazing how so many pages can be filled with so little useful content.Published on July 22, 2013 by MR ANTHONY SWAINSTON
I am surrounded by people who use presentations as crutches. I literally start to feel ill when I know I am going to be subjected to hours of boring powerpoint presentations. Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by MsSJB
This book is loaded with all kinds of valuable information for leaders to use during presentations. In many circles absorbing attention away from the speaker, and it absolutely... Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by LiteBlue Gator
Before you buy the book, you could think it's about was of doing a presentation, without using powerpoint.
This book changes your mind about presentations. Read more
I borrowed this book and found the content so useful and engaging I bought it for my own reference collection. Read morePublished on December 4, 2011 by lah6
I published a book earlier this year and have since been asked by four universities and three conventions to speak ... primarily because of the unique content of my book. Read morePublished on August 23, 2011 by Alexander R. Striler