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Secrets of Dynamic Communications: Prepare with Focus, Deliver with Clarity, Speak with Power Paperback – September 17, 2013
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Davis divides his book into three sections. Part one deals with preparation, part two with delivery, and part three with application.
At the heart of his approach is the belief that focus makes for a better presentation. To help accomplish that goal, Davis introduces an acronym, SCORRE, in part one to explain his approach. It stands for:
Subject--A speech should focus on a single subject that can be expressed in one or two words.
Central Theme--Narrow the content of the talk to a manageable amount of specific information.
Objective--The objective sentence explains the purpose and structure of your talk.
Rationale--The main points of the speech establishes a logical foundation upon which the credibility of the speech rests.
Resources--Illustrations, data, anecdotes, and humor bring the talk to life.
Evaluation--Assess the effectiveness of your presentation from preparation through delivery.
In part two, the author explains ways to keep the audience involved and engaged. He includes how to use gestures effectively, make eye contact, improve vocal quality, and use facial expressions to effectively communicate. He also includes a chapter on maximizing the environment where he discusses the importance of lighting, and how to use a microphone.
In part three, he includes a helpful chapter on where to find humor and how to use it effectively.Read more ›
Ken’s book addresses some of the most critical aspects of public speaking: organization, body language, timing, and the use of humor to name a few. The method with which he discusses these topics includes illustrations, examples, and even opportunities to put into practice the very things about which he is writing. Many of these illustrations include Davis’s trademark wit and zingers; despite the fact that this is more or less an instructional book, his personality shines through and makes this an engaging read. The SCOPPE method alone is worth buying the book.
Secrets of Dynamic Communication is a book that I am going to hang on to as long as I am teaching. The material contained within is simple enough for high school students to understand, but detailed and expert enough that professional speakers and pastors would find useful pieces out of it as well. If public speaking is something that the reader does even on occasion, it should be a no-brainer decision to buy this book.
I received my copy of this book for free from the publisher. I was not obligated to write a positive review; the opinions contained in this review are mine.
I unfortunately only got half way through the book before I gave up and stopped reading it; I did skim the second half to see if there was anything that would grab my attention. Every secret in this book I learned during my speech classes in both high school and college. This book is a good how to book (and a good refresher for me), but I think it would have been more aptly named Secrets of a Dynamic Presentation rather than Communication.
As a speaker, I have sought out many books on the art of developing an address, and put many of the tips gleaned therein to the test. This book is very user-friendly in breaking down the format into easy-to-remember steps, acrostics and examples that clarify instructions. Chapter Reviews reinforce material covered, and the Appendix gives a springboard for talks by listing examples, key words and topical indexes. The real genius of the book, however, is in the spreadsheet for SCORRE, the acronym for Davis' formula and conference of the same name. Just two weeks ago, it provided a map, when I had the honor of speaking at a close friend's funeral. It was a time when every word counted, and had to be just right. Thank you Ken Davis, for equipping me to focus on the objective. As he says, "Diligence in preparation results in excellence on the platform." (p. 29)
This book is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to impact others. Get your own copy, if you want the SCORRE formula!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com® book review bloggers program.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wish I had read and put its principles into practice 20 years ago. Kens teaching has begun to change my teaching.Published 8 months ago by david
I love this book. It will really help you to be structured in your speeches and writings. You will capture the attention of your audience like never before. Thank you Ken :)Published 12 months ago by Corinne Ennis
I bought the book in anticipation of attending a Scorres Conference as the conference is based on the principles in the book. Read morePublished 15 months ago by NewJerseyitus
Very informative and easy to read and understand. If you like clear step by step instructions this is a must read.Published 15 months ago by Bryan
I loved the practical nature of the book teaching step-by-step how to improved our delivery of oral communications. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Fernando Almeida
Anyone who wants to improve their speaking NEEDS to read and apply the information in this book. Well done Ken Davis!Published 17 months ago by Michael Hudson
The book itself is great but some of the books have pages that are not readable. The print quality should be checked before sending them out. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Leon David Beeler