26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
more fun than useful,
This review is from: Confessions of a Public Speaker (Hardcover)
I read this book to help improve my teaching. While it was generally entertaining, there was not much within it I could use to transform the way that I present information. There is a chapter on Scott's experience appearing on TV, which should be titled "Look guys, I was on TV." This chapter is exemplary of my problems with the book, which is that it seems to have been written late at night more for his benefit than that of the reader. Scott recommends you practice each speech 4 times, which is certainly good advice, but impractical for an instructor.
I do think he really enjoyed writing the book, and this transmits to make it a fun read. However, it lacks the thought and organization to convey what makes a good presentation and how to do it. From watching Scott's speech at Carnegie Mellon on innovation, I can see that Scott does know how to present ideas effectively, and to make the audience care about them. Perhaps his references can help me learn how to do this myself.