This is the Strunk & White of reference books for presentations at C-Level meetings. It needs to be read and then re-reviewed before every presentation by upper- and middle-management executives before they attempt to persuade those at C-Level to approve their proposals. The seven deadly challenges & and how to respond to them make this book a must. The intimate look into the personalities and motives of a number of Silicon Valley C-Level executives is a special bonus -- and invaluable for any presenter who needs to understand his audience. --George Petty
This book is amazing! It combines practical advice from the author that is supported and driven by actual quotes from senior executives. This is not just hearsay; it is straight from the horses mouth. Having photos of the people who are quoted made it even more personal, and having imbedded links to live videos is an added bonus. This is a cookbook, workbook, and motivational book all in one, and a great resource for anyone who has to present to senior staff. --John Warren
This book should be required reading at every business school and in the hands of any anyone planning to move up the corporate ladder. Speaking Up is the best resource out there to prepare professionals to present to executives. I wish I had a book like this 20 years ago. Most people don't know how different it is when you present to the C-level. Most of us learn to do it by trial and error and we have the battle scars to prove it. The book gives you strategy, best practices and information from the executives' point of view. The links to the videos are great because you can see things in action. I will definitely use this book with my clients. Highly recommended. --Jill Wesley
About the Author
Bio: Frederick Gilbert, PhD Rick is the founder and chairman of PowerSpeaking, Inc., a speech communication training company in Redwood City. For 25 years, PowerSpeaking has been dramatically improving the way people communicate and grow their careers. With its highly skilled trainers and facilitators, PSI delivers over 300 programs a year nationally and around the world. Before starting his own company, Rick held quality improvement and communications management positions with Hewlett Packard and Amdahl corporations in Silicon Valley. Rick's coaching of over 200 senior-level executives led to the creation of the award winning Speaking Up: Presenting to Executives. The program won The 2004 Best Buys by Training Magazine, was recommended by Fortune Magazine, and won the Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning award for 2011. It features video interviews with 21 C-level executives about how to present effectively at top level meetings. His book, Speaking Up: Surviving Executive Presentations will be out in January, 2012.