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ISBN-13: 860-1403726102 ISBN-10: 0312376286 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (November 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312376286
  • ASIN: B002XUM1CA
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,060,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Targeting all levels of business experience, from entry-level women to senior executives, Maxey and O’Connor, consultants and speaker coaches, set out to help women convey ideas with poise and confidence. Emphasizing preparation, presentation skills, and professionalism, and also recognizing that men and women think and react differently, the authors say that it’s important for a woman speaker to communicate self-assuredness, maximize achievements, speak with certainty, and always be very clear about the “end game.” If a woman believes that a man will always have more credibility in professional speaking than she does, this belief will impair her influence and career. Other important topics include advice for writing e-mails, memos, and letters and for other forms of communication, such as conveying bad news, conducting business dinners, and giving a business eulogy. Although geared toward women in business, the book offers many valuable suggestions that can be helpful in everyday life. A must-read that will have wide appeal for female library patrons and would be of benefit to men as well. --Mary Whaley

About the Author

Cyndi Maxey, CSP, co-author of Present Like a Pro, is a communication consultant and speaker specializing in communication that drives profitable performance. She lives in Chicago, IL.

Kevin E. O’Connor, CSP, co-author of Present Like a Pro, is a leadership consultant and professional speaker.  He specializes in working with professionals who have been promoted to leadership positions where they now lead former peers. He lives in Long Grove, Illinois. Combined, they speak more than 200 times per year.


More About the Author

Whether speaking to groups or coaching executives, Cyndi is a master communicator and facilitator. A graduate of Northwestern University in Communication Studies, she finds the right blend of theory and application to encourage learning, retention and fun. Over the past 30 years, Cyndi has spoken throughout the nation and coached executives to higher levels. She is the coauthor of six books, including Fearless Facilitation: How to Engage and Involve Your Audience (Pfeiffer/Wiley), Ten Steps to Successful Time Managment (ASTD Press), Speak Up! A Woman's Guide to Presenting Like a Pro and Present Like a Pro (St. Martin's Press) - all with Kevin E. O'Connor. In It's Your Move: Dealing Yourself the Best Cards in Life and Work, (FT/Prentice Hall 2003) with Jill Bremer, she shares the key strategies that winners use to thrive in today's fast-paced work environment. She inspires people to take initiative with step-by-step game plans to propel them to success. Cyndi lives in Chicago where her active young adult children and Labrador Retriever, Max Maxey, add both chaos and balance to her life.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jane on November 30, 2008
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I highly recommend Speak Up! A Woman's Guide to Presenting Like a Pro. It offers profound but simple guidelines to any woman needing to convey an idea effectively ... and who doesn't fall into that category? If you need to become a speaker for on-stage work, this book is where you should start. But even if your goal is to speak with credibility to just one or two people, this book will serve you well. Communications, after all, are fundamental to every working woman's success--whether you need to be heard in office meetings, impress your boss when you pitch a new idea, or close more sales.

This is an easy-read book, with solid suggestions.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Antos on October 22, 2009
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Have you ever received a last minute call by your boss to give a presentation and you only have a few hours to prepare or worse - a few minutes? I know I have and this book has helped me out a number of times in the last few months. It's not easy to find someone to coach you on your presentation skills. Usually, you find out if you did a good job if your Sponsors approved your business case or if you get the sale. If you're looking for a personal coach in a book, you will want to add this book to your book shelf.

What I like best about this book is that it is 1)directed towards women and the specifc issues we face in communicating and presenting whether it be for a weekly team meeting, moderating a panel discussion, or sharing a best practice to a group of colleagues. 2)Each chapter covers a different type of audience group/situation and 3)"Speak Up!" provides coaching through simple tips and stories to help you achieve your goals. I know it has helped me prepare and successfully present multiple times this year.

I've been a Training Manager for over 10 years and have recommended numerous presentation skills classes to hundreds of employees. Now, I'm recommending this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Elizabeth Sammons on December 27, 2008
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I highly recommend Speak Up! A Woman's Guide to Presenting Like a Pro for women (and men) who are seeking to gain that extra edge in their professional lives (and with personal communication skills). I think the advice for "Speaking Up" and doing presentations is very insightful, but I also find the tips and suggestions for communicating in any setting - e-mail etc. very valuable. A great present to give to a friend who is seeking to reinvent or go after their greater career dreams and boost their credibility and confidence in communicating.
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I really am enjoying reading "Speak Up!: A Woman's Guide to Presenting Like a Pro". There is much helpful guidance and many helpful examples. What sticks with me is the emphasis on preparation, and getting to know as much about your audience in advance as possible. "Speak Up!" also offers good information on getting the audience involved in the presentation. I like the quotes from professionals that are incorporated into the book too.
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I highly recommend this book. Not only is it easy to read, but it is filled with solid, practical advice for women speakers or for polishing your general presentation skills. We may not want to acknowledge it, but knowing the difference between male and female audience response is key to knowing how to best use your skills for an even playing field.
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By Sharon Ondreyco on January 12, 2014
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This book got beneath the surface and helped me understand why women don't do well in high power situations and how to change in easy ways
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