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Real Leaders Don't Do PowerPoint: How to Sell Yourself and Your Ideas Hardcover – February 3, 2009
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I also work with high-level technical professionals -- senior scientists, engineers, and programmers -- who want to win people's attention, respect, and cooperation.
And I help government contractors, construction companies, project management and engineering firms make winning proposals for large contracts.
At times it's hard for me to realize that I make my living giving speeches and helping other people give speeches. My first experience in front of an audience ended in disaster. I tripped over my words and got so embarrassed that I fled the stage without finishing my speech. I was 18. It took me years to get over the experience. Now I love helping people who hate to speak learn how to love it.
I'm a Board Certified Coach and a Certified Management Consultant.
I have a background in education and ministry.
I live in San Diego. (Lucky me!)
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Christopher Witt (with Dale Fetherling) has written a bromide for those of us (and who among us would cast the first stone?) inflicting this punishment on our audiences. Witt, a veteran speech coach and consultant, seeks to rein-in the tendency to polish our PowerPoint skills at the expense of communicating our vision and message.
Real Leaders Don't Do PowerPoint is intended to get leaders to return to making their thoughts, convictions, vision, and character manifest themselves in what they say, and stop trusting PowerPoint to make their points. Witt says leaders need to be different for the following reasons: 1) leaders speak when a lot is at stake, 2) leaders speak as representatives of their organizations, 3) leaders speak all the time, 4) leaders speak because it's their job, and 5) leaders speak to influence and inspire.
Witt gives a modern-day endorsement of Demosthenes, the father of Greek oratory, for his timeless four elements of a great speech: 1) a great person, 2) a noteworthy event, 3) a compelling message, and 4) a masterful delivery. Therefore, he divides his book into four main parts. Part One charges the leader with realizing that he or she is the message and to tailor his or her remarks to identify to the audience who they can become, to influence the way they think and feel, or to inspire them to action.Read more ›
But there are other presentations that are better when you put the slides away and just talk. Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream Speech" would not be improved with PowerPoint slides.
Chris Witt's Real Leaders Don't Do PowerPoint, covers these kinds of presentations. More than just a how-to book for speakers, it's an earnest manifesto for leaders to come out from behind their slides and do what only they can uniquely do - build an organization's confidence, rally their emotions and galvanize them for action.
And that's best done without PowerPoint slides.
Witt's principles are a modern-day telling of the four principles of Demosthenes, the father of Greek oratory, and so Witt's book is divided into four sections.
Part 1: A Great Person. A real leader is authentic and doesn't try to act like leaders are "supposed" to act. Leaders take a stand on issues. Leaders have a clear identity. The best way to be mediocre is to imitate others, avoid saying anything controversial and hide the things about you that make you unique.
Part 2: A Noteworthy Event. Be picky about which events you will speak at. Choose the events where you can do the most good and avoid events that cheapen your image.
Part 3: A Compelling Message. The leader's most important job is to motivate and inspire an audience toward a grand mission or vision, not to transfer facts and data.Read more ›
The principal concept of the book is VERY simple
Great speakers change the mind of their audience and get them to act.
Almost 2,500 years ago Demosthenes, the father of Greek oratory, cited four elements of great speech 1) a great person 2) a noteworthy event 3) a compelling message 4) a masterful delivery
Leaders speak to make a difference, and unsettled times are when their words have the biggest impact
A great speech is not to inspire - a great speech is to inspire and make the audience want to act
Military leaders before battle, political leaders in time of crisis, coaches at half time, preachers all the time - they know that what people often need is not more instruction, but more inspiration, not more "how to" but more "you can".
Those speeches allow you to remind your audiences who they are or can be, to show them a new way of seeing the world, or even a world they haven't yet imagines and to stir them up by speaking not just to their heads but to their hearts and their imaginations.
A commanding presence
1) Be yourself
2) Be in the moment
3) Be interested
4) Be unafraid
5) Be connected
6) Be grounded
People tend to discount whatever is plentiful and readily available. So parcel out your thoughts carefully. Speak less often and have a bigger impact.
"If you can't put the bottom line message on the inside of a matchbox, you're not doing your job" Eisenhower or Write the idea for their speech on the backside of their business card.
To communicate "Big ideas" use "Small words"
The truth is any fool can complicate something.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer 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 17 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 19 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 on November 4, 2013 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