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Make Your Point!: Speak Clearly And Concisely Anyplace, Anytime Paperback – April 2, 2009
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Supporting evidence: page 607 (kindle version) talks about how the authors' "real" work includes coaching and videotaping customer service reps to help them appear more friendly and capable (now, that's cool); page 614 says something like "are you the type of person that is boring and frightening? Try smiling; are you the type of person that is friendly but gets no respect? Try giving firm handshakes" (duh!). As an alternative to this book, I recommend Carnegie's "how to win friends and influence people".
Essentially, the book advocates 1. catching the readers attention, telling them what you're going to tell them, tell it to them, and then tell them what you told them - which is a good structure. The book also is quite succinct on how to execute on this structure. The problem I have is that this book doesn't deal with how to develop the content that will be integrated into this structure. I did expect the book to talk about how to select the points to discuss, how to structure each of those point for maximum effectiveness, etc. since I believe they are pretty important to speak clearly and concisely.
Overall this is a book that will help you get your point across...whether it will help the clarity and conciseness is another issue.
"Make Your Point" is both an excellent reference and teaching guide. I think that college students would appreciate the concise approach to public speaking. Business profession will benefit with a refreshing course and the introduction of "The Diamond". "The Diamond" is an approach to clearly and concisely present your ideas wile being confident that your audience is hearing your main points and internalizes the message that you are trying to sned.
Final Verdict - I have read many books on effective communication and I can say that "Make Your Point' is at the top of the list. It concisely blends an effective approach with readability to make it a great reference.
----Please note that I reviewed a free promotional copy provided by the author/publisher---------
The key is to be simple. YOU are the brand manager for yourself. Make sure you consider your audience and what THEY need. Don't focus on your own needs. Think about what they want to learn.
There are great examples in the book to help you get a sense of what they're talking about. Know your purpose. Keep it logical. Go through a series - get their attention, tell them the purpose, preview your content, provide the content, summarize it, and give an action step for them. Try to keep your topics down to 3 main ones. This is what the human brain focuses on best.
Think up a 15 second promo for your main goals. If you were stuck in an elevator with your boss for 15 seconds, could you present yourself in a way that gave the best impression?
Don't data dump. Focus on the important items.
People react to your emotions. Be upbeat, friendly positive, enthusiastic. Most first impressions are made in only 2 minutes! there is advice in here on how to project a positive image well. It can really make or break you. Use natural hand gestures. Vary your tone of voice, and have a moderate volume. Use pauses. Speak clearly. Avoid jargon. Practice, practice, practice!
Well recommended for anyone who interacts with other humans! :)
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The most impressive presentation of effective speaking I have ever read. This book is my bible for my toastmasters practice.Published 3 months ago by Mickey Rhode
There wasn't enough content and suggestions for speaking concisely. Much more focused generally on how to deliver presentations.Published 4 months ago by Judy
Pretty basic summary of tips to help improve your approach to addressing an audience. The diamond model was a great tip.Published 12 months ago by Jamiel M Wiggins
This is a quick read that has a few good take aways to apply in the future. If you are in need of some ideas this is a good place to start.Published 19 months ago by Blahblah