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2.0 out of 5 stars Expected more than an autobiography, September 13, 2010
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I felt compelled to write a review of this book as I did not find the professional reviews spoke to the content of this book. I was excited to pre-order this book as the topic is pertinent to my current position, I was expecting to add some new tools to my belt to help me facilitate team meetings that are both productive and worthwhile. I was disappointed to find that the book read like the author's portfolio. The chapters and headers outlined the content but the text is full of stories describing how the author handled a meeting with a client. I do not think I read one paragraph in the book that did not use the first person. If you are looking for a book to review how 'someone else did it' - this book fits the bill. If you are looking for strategy, tips and 'how to' - it is not written in a way that is easy to incorporate the authors experiences into your arsenal.
One other annoyance is the size and shape of the book make it difficult to hold upright to read once opened, it is too wide; its too thick to wrap the pages behind the book once you are past the first few chapters. Setting it on your lap will not work either, cannot see the outer margins where the supporting graphic are placed. Very annoying.
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Initial post: Nov 27, 2010 5:59:38 AM PST
Carmen,

thanks for pointing out an aspect of this book that hadn't yet been pointed out. Have you found other books, then, that are the type you were looking for? If so, please share! I'm very interested.

Thanks.

Posted on Dec 3, 2010 10:17:10 PM PST
Thanks for a real review!

Posted on Jan 7, 2011 11:05:15 AM PST
Carmen:

Thank you for your review. I had this book in my cart, and have now removed it. I will continue to look for a book that provides strategies, rather than the 1st person narrative of which I have grown weary. You might enjoy the Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, and Presentation Zen...both of which caused me to rework presentations, resulting in greater success.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 4:53:36 AM PDT
Ron Davis says:
Thanks Carmen. Saved me time and money

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2014 10:52:06 AM PDT
S. M. says:
Kelli, did you ever find a book more suited to tips/how to improve your graphic skills? I see Carmen hasn't answered and I too, was hoping for a well-reviewed book that spoke to that message.
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