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The Exceptional Presenter: A Proven Formula to Open Up and Own the Room Hardcover – May 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1929774449 ISBN-10: 1929774443 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press; 1 edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929774443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929774449
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I would strongly encourage anyone to buy this book." -- John Kilcullen, Founder of the "For Dummies" brand

"I've watched Tim's techniques strengthen the presentation skills of our professionals for almost a decade." -- Roger Staubach, Chairman and CEO, The Staubach Company

What a terrific resource! I was impressed with the practical and very useful information your book contains." --Senator Bill Frist, US Senate Majority Leader

About the Author

A consultant to the political world, Koegel has worked with members of both the House and the Senate. He has conducted workshops for the White House, members of Congress, the Department of Labor, NOAA, the Office of Civil Rights and many other governmental organizations. He provides media training for a client list that includes corporate executives, politicians, athletes, coaches and authors, and lectures at business schools throughout the country: Duke, Michigan, Notre Dame, Georgia, Emory, NYU, Thunderbird, George Washington University, The Ohio State University, Purdue, among others.

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Tim Koegel works with executives, politicians, business professionals and graduate school students to strengthen their message and refine their delivery skills. He conducts CEO Boot Camps nationally. He helps prepare executives for IPO Road shows and funding presentations.

Tim works as a consultant to the political world. He has worked with members of both the House and the Senate. He has conducted workshops for the White House, members of Congress, the Department of Labor, The EPA, Press Secretaries and other political groups. He provides media training for a client list that includes corporate executives, politicians, as well as college, professional and Olympic athletes and coaches.

Tim lectures at universities and business schools throughout the country: Duke, North Carolina, Michigan, Notre Dame, Indiana, Wake Forest, Arizona State, Georgia, Georgia State, Emory, RPI Lally, Belmont University, Cincinnati….

Customer Reviews

Good book, easy to read and gives you basic tips.
Giulio Gilardi
The author will show you how to craft a 60 second introduction that helps you focus the entire presentation.
Bradley Bevers
This is a great book for anyone who gives presentations or who speaks publicly.
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86 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Julie Neal TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 23, 2007
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This little hardback is incredibly easy to read. Extremely well organized, it's written in clear, jargon-free language. Each of its many lessons covers just a few pages, and is composed of short, straight-to-the-point paragraphs. Sized to fit easily in the side pocket of a laptop case, it's an ideal way to kill time at an airport gate, on a flight, or even during those dead half-hours that often pop up between convention sessions.

Better still, this book really delivers on its promise. Practice its advice and you will become an effective public speaker. Author Tim Koegel ("KAY gull") covers a wide range of verbal and nonverbal topics, from how to avoid using "verbal graffiti" (such as the dreadful "to be honest with you") to how to have good posture.

The book is organized around what, at first glance, seems like a corny conceit. Koegel claims that an exceptional presenter is one who can "OPEN UP and own the room." Why does he put "OPEN UP" in all caps? Because that's the author's self-invented acronym that refers to six characteristics Koegel feels all great presenters share -- they're Organized, Passionate, Engaging and Natural speakers who Understand their audiences and routinely Practice their presentation skills. The book then devotes a full chapter to each of these traits. Each chapter is filled with useful tips. The one on being passionate has two dozen!

A section on what to do with your hands is especially helpful. Illustrated with 27 simple line drawings, the advice gets quite specific. For example, when the author discusses which hand gestures are best to emphasize comparisons, he writes that you should mimic the information as it would appear on a slide: "Dollar amounts, percentages and revenue are typically depicted using vertical bar charts.
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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful By R. Jensen on August 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book reads like a presentation....and that is not meant as a criticism. A solidly constructed presentation.

The Exceptional Presenter is aimed primarily at people who do not routinely get up in front of audiences. It contains a wealth of hints for beginning speakers, and strongly reinforces the common sense notion that the more you practice, the better you get.

The book is liberally sprinkled with half-page anecdotes and stories about public speaking disasters. These are excellent examples of what NOT to do in front of a crowd. (The one that hit home for me was the company that tasked someone in a meeting to count how many times the consultant giving a presentation said "uh" each minute...been there, done that).

At 188 pages, it's an easy read. I read it cover to cover on a three hour plane flight.

If you've given, say, over 12 speeches in your career this book is probably not for you. As another reviewer mentioned, you'd probably be better off with Jerry Weissman's "Presenting to Win: The Art of Telling Your Story". If you're just 'learning the ropes' of public speaking, though, the Exceptional Presenter is a pretty good place to start.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Susan Thompson on March 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A solid book about giving presentations. You will need other books in order to get a full overview of how to present effectively.

I thought the book lacked real world examples. It was mainly the theory behind presenting effectively but it does not show you examples.

For example, Presentation Zen helps with the design elements of your presentation and telling a simple story.

I would also recommend an Ebook called New Rules of Public Speaking ([...]) because it has modern examples of speeches, pitches that work. It has links to dozens of Youtube clips and you can watch Steve Jobs or Tim Ferris while reading a description of what they do well.

To master powerpoint you need Beyond Bullet Points. That is an information packed book worth $20.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By William Bagley on September 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am an executive coach and HR consultant who has trained thousands of professionals over the past 25 years. My focus is on helping individuals become 'Strategic Partners' in whatever arena they serve. I have worked with international public accounting partners and partner candidates, bank executives, insurance vice presidents of sales, attorneys, small business owners, entrepreneurs, and MBA students from some of America's top business schools. We explore '12 Success Core Competencies' that, if exercised appropriately, ultimately lead individuals to the top of their respective professions. Of the '12 Success Core Competencies,' none is more critical than effective 'Oral Presentation Manner & Style.'

Because of the impact oral presentation effectiveness has on the credibility of an individual I have read almost all printed material on the subject. NONE address oral presentation effectiveness as well as Tim Koegel's The Exceptional Presenter.

His concept, and the way he presents it, is so concise and substantive I have invited him to personally address groups of executives I coach. If you like his book...you will love his presentation style and message. He entertains and enlightens audiences simultaneously.

Tim Koegel is the master of this subject. Read his The Exceptional Presenter...and keep it close by as a 'ready reference.' No skill will ever serve you better.
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