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5.0 out of 5 stars A Toolkit for both Master and Apprentice, May 9, 2014
This review is from: World Class Speaking in Action: 50 Certified Coaches Show You How to Present, Persuade, and Profit (Paperback)
Everyone is good at something; but when it comes to public speaking, most of us are not good at much of anything. Death by PowerPoint is endemic, and Public Speaking is still the number one fear for a surprisingly large percentage of the population.

This is why World Class Speaking in Action is such a ray of hope, a lifeline in a world that craves clear communication but seems unable to give it. Talent has traditionally been passed on through a system of apprenticeship, and seldom by genetics. The son is rarely able to follow in the father’s footsteps. This is because talent is closely connected to a number of democratic elements, the right teacher, the right tools, and persistent practice. This book provides all of those elements, and leaves the ball in your court.

This book has not one, but 50 authors, and they have one thing in common. They are all certified as World Class Speaking Coaches. Imagine how long it would take to learn the lessons in this book if you had to rely on your own experience? Experience is supposed to be the worst teacher, because if gives the test before the lesson. World Class Speaking in Action reverses that unfortunate formula by giving us the benefit of untold years of experience, in a form that is readable and actionable.

A Japanese proverb has it that, “Although blue dye comes from the indigo plant, it is bluer than indigo; the student has overcome the master (from whom he has learned).” Each of the authors of this book has learned from Master teachers. Yet each has developed his or her talents in a way that shines twice; once reflecting the greatness of the teacher, and twice reflecting the talents and preferences of the student. This is an inspiration for all of us who would learn from the experience of others who have gone before us.

Even familiar concepts deliver fresh insights in the context of someone who has walked the talk. This is a book to be read carefully and put into practice. Start with the chapters that speak to your most pressing needs as a speaker. Speed readers need not bother. The value is in applying what you learn.

Pull one lesson from each chapter and you will be many times the speaker you are today. Then return for more. This book is all about Action.
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Initial post: Jul 19, 2015 9:57:40 AM PDT
Daniel Ríos says:
You wrote this review? Craig Valentine himself?
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