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The Exceptional Presenter: A Proven Formula to Open Up and Own the Room [Hardcover]

by Timothy J. Koegel
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Book Description

May 1, 2007 1929774443 978-1929774449 1

Revised and Expanded Edition

It's often reported that the number one fear among American adults is public speaking. But in today's competitive business world, effective communication is a crucial skill, and the cost of being less than effective is quite high. From the White House to boardrooms worldwide, Tim Koegel has strengthened presentations, media relations and communications skills of CEOs and world leaders alike with his renowned coaching abilities. His new book, The Exceptional Presenter, lays out his techniques in a format perfectly suited to today's busy world.

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Editorial Reviews


"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.

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 (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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, CincinnatiÂ….

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86 of 93 people found the following review helpful
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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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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For the neophyte public speaker August 8, 2007
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Book March 20, 2009
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air in a sea of hot air May 24, 2008
By Susie O
Although I was lucky enough to be introduced to this book after seeing his presentation, this one is a gem. I have tons of books on public speaking. Typically, they list a bunch of typical rules such as...

- Get there early
- How to use eye contact
- Use visual aids effectively
- Be enthusiastic
- Use humor
- Dress for success

...and so on. And so what? So what, indeed. But not this time.

Why buy yet another book on public speaking? Because this one isn't like the rest. It really does give you suggestions that can be read in a night or two and be used instantly. Instead of being told, "It's not what you say but how you say it," you will actually receive some actual tricks on the "how to say it." Among a sea of public speaking books, his specific ideas on the popular suggestions takes away the next conceptual step and injects a dose of solid suggestions. It is very unique and considers your time by not forcing you to waste time imagining intent.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FROM A SEASONED EXECUTIVE COACH September 4, 2007
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 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
It's a good read for any adult whether you're actually giving speeches or not. It has really good information for life!!
Published 2 months ago by Tamara Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Condition
This book came brand new. I needed it for a business class and it was a great option for the price
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Published 3 months ago by TSizemore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, not just for students!
Got this book for school, but it is actually very helpful for any type of presenting! Definitely recommend it to anyone who might need it!
Published 4 months ago by Jon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent... and, I already do this!
This is a wonderful book for both beginners and seasoned pros. As a professional speaker and entertainer, I can say that I sure wish I had this book when I started. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bryan Toder
5.0 out of 5 stars Good to have it.
Book was delivered in good condition as I expected. I was satisfied with the product and the delivery.
Thanks for having what I wanted to.
Published 6 months ago by Hyunjung
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Deal
I purchased this book with the idea it would be brand new. It was not. Although my money was refunded and I got to keep the used book, I am still upset. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gerald S. Lepre, Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good tips
This book contained some good and practical advice on improving your presentation skills. I found it helpful. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ronald E. Shuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for public speaking
This is the most helpful book I have found on public speaking. Originally I found it in a library, and had to check it out several times. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kristin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Easy read. Relevant information. i personally found this book to be very useful. Perfect for teachers, preachers, or public speakers!
Published 15 months ago by eric
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