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Ken Davis provides a unique mixture of side-splitting humor and inspiration that never fails to delight and enrich audiences of all ages. Davis’s daily radio program, Lighten Up! is broadcast on over 500 stations nationwide.
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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849921902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849921902
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By wheelsms on September 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
What Haddon Robinson did for preachers, Ken Davis has done for professional speakers. Haddon Robinson wrote the definitive text on preaching--Biblical Preaching: The development and delivery of expository messages. Ken Davis has done the same for those who speak for a living in his book, Secrets of Dynamic Communication: Prepare with focus, deliver with clarity, speak with power.

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.
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The ideas are clear and the prose surprisingly simple. The book flows and offers real tips -- not mumbo jumbo. You can actually apply Ken Davis' techniques when you next sit down to craft a winning speech. Get organized, get it down and learn it. Then deliver. You'll come out a winner and Davis' book will ensure it.
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As a speech teacher at a high school, I am always looking for good resources to use to improve both my own presentation and that of my students. I enjoy Ken Davis as gifted speaker he is, and when I saw that he had a book on the subject of public speaking, I figured it was worth a look. I was impressed with what I got. In Secrets of Dynamic Communication, Ken Davis presents a method for public speaking from which both the amateur and the professional speaker can benefit. Even if the potential reader is not a fan of public speaking, if he or she would happen to know who Ken Davis is, this book is worth a read just for the latter point.
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.
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Speaker, communicator, comedian, Ken Davis writes his secrets to being a dynamic communicator. I really like the idea of being able to get my point across clearly and in a timely manner, I also like knowing that the person I am communicating with knows I'm listening to them (and vice versa). So, when I picked this book up, I was expecting something along those lines. However, this book is more about effective presentations; which is also a handy skill to have.

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.
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Looking for the secret to a power-packed speech? Secrets of Dynamic Communication provides a formula to make every presentation successful. Anyone who seeks "to instruct, encourage, motivate, or call an audience to action" (p. 20) will benefit from the tools provided within its pages. That includes high school teachers, Sunday School teachers, and every kind of teacher in-between. The author, Ken Davis, goes into great detail to spell out the difference between an average talk and a memorable one. He uses 40 years of experience to analyze the nuts and bolts of a great speech, and to equip others to evaluate their own presentations.
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.
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