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  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147000819X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470008192
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,393,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shel Israel helps businesses tell their stories in engaging ways as a writer, consultant and presentation coach. He writes The Contextual Beat column for Forbes.com and has contributed to BusinessWeek, Dow Jones, FastCompany and American Express OpenForum.

He frequently collaborates with Robert Scoble, who is among the world's best-known tech journalists. In his day job as Startup Liaison Officer for Rackspace, the open cloud computing company, Scoble travels the world looking for what's happening on technology's bleed edge. He's interviewed thousands of executives and technology innovators and reports for Rackspace TV and on social networks. He can be found @scobleizer on Twitter and as Robert Scoble on other social networks. Email him: scobleizer@gmail.com.


Israel has keynoted alone and with Robert Scoble more than 100 times all over the world. You can follow him on his Forbes column, The Contextual Beat. http://www.forbes.com/sites/shelisrael/

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I finished the book that night.
Hao Chen
As someone who is asked to speak to groups and at conferences regularly, this book was perfect for me - I recommend it to all speakers.
David Weinberg
His experiences and examples make it easy for the reader to grasp the points he makes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Abraham on February 10, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Shel popped me an email to see if I would kindly read and review his newest book, Stellar Presentations: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Giving Great Talks, and I happily obliged. Shel Israel explains the impetus behind this book himself: Create Stellar Presentations with Coach Shel Israel

"Stellar CVR 199x3002 Create Stellar Presentations with Coach Shel IsraelI decided to write Stellar Presentations, a small book for a niche market that I know and love. This is a book for tech entrepreneurs who need to present at conferences. I hope you find it useful."

To me, however, it is so much more. This book is conversation and personal, allowing the rest of us to have a taste of Shel as our personal business coach.

While the book gets into the nitty gritty of presenting your new tech start-up to venture capitalists, it's much more generally accessible than that. It offers tips that can be mapped to any sort of presentation you'll need to make on any subject because it addresses issues interesting to anyone who needs to do any sort of public speaking. For example, I believe I will stop winging it when I am up on stage. Shel has finally convinced me that practice does make perfect and even though I may well be a subject matter expert, I am not a public speaking expert, which is something needs to prepare for:

"I don't wish to overstate my point. You probably don't have time to practice 10,000 hours for your talk. Nor is the challenge before you quite as difficult as composing a Mozart masterpiece. But public speaking does require a lot of practice."

But this sort of practice demands brevity and prioritization because time is the enemy of the presenter's presentation:

"As a speaker, your constraint is not space, but time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R "Ray" Wang on February 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
there have been a lot of books that attempt at helping entrepreneurs tell the story, but none provide the detail and examples needed to bring a presentation to life. Shel's masterfully shared his experiences working with some of the top entrepreneurs. Read the book once for enjoyment. Read the book again as a reference guide.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Markman on February 10, 2012
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What's this? A book on presenting that contains not a single slide? What an unexpected and brilliant idea. Your presentation is never your slides. It's the story you tell. If you are an entrepreneur or developer pitching a new technology company or product, this book is a good investment. If you plan to present at one of the major tech conferences, it's a necessary investment. The advice and coaching are solid and specific. While the insights of this book can be applied to all presentations and speeches in any endeavor, there's a special merit to its tight focus. Pitching new products and companies is a specialty and Shel Israel is an experienced and savvy specialist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sunish on February 5, 2012
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A brilliant, short book but with depth in content. Shel has nailed the presentation and story-telling aspect of great talks. The anecdotes he has shared are worth reading, I finished it at one go and found it a bit short. hope Shel comes out with another revised version soon. The price @ $9.99 seems a bit high, it could have been $5.99 or less.

To all presenters, there is something in this short book for each one of you, do not miss it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A_Squared on May 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
There are a lot of guides, books, blogs etc. dedicated to this topic.
So in that sense, Shel is not talking about anything new.

However what is very well done, is Shel's ability to distil all the knowledge espoused (by everyone who talks about this topic, including himself) online and offline into a short, no B.S guide on how to think about, construct and deliver your presentations.

It doesnt matter how much experience you have with public speaking, there's a good chance that you will learn something(s) new from this book - which is saying a lot given how short the book is.

I also consider the length of this book to be one of its greatest assets. To me it demonstrates Shel's respect for the readers time and allows you to get on with the business of putting into practice everything you've just learned as quickly as possible.

It's a no-brainer to read this book if you are going to deliver presentations, irrespective of whether you are an entrepreneur or not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 16, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm a PR consultant working in Japan who has been looking for a guide that will teach Japanese entrepreneurs how to tell their stories simply with passion and clarity. More and more Japanese start-ups are looking overseas for funding, and a key destination is Silicon Valley. The creative forces behind many of these companies can speak passionately about their dreams in their native Japanese, but when it comes to doing it in a second language they hit the proverbial wall; add to this the tendency to focus too intently on the details and you have a recipe for disaster. (Sorry, Shel - I just violated your rule against falling back on cliches - twice, actually) Stellar Presentations keeps it simple, offers easy to understand guidelines and illustrates key points with anecdotes drawn from Shel's professional experience. This is a well-organized, enlightening and - very important - quick read that I will continue to reference in the future.
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