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The authors, Kevin Carroll and Bob Elliott, have over forty years of communication coaching between them. Their clients include: Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Merrill Lynch, GE and Travelers. Interested in having Kevin Carroll speak at your next meeting or train your team? Just call him: 203-226-6493 www.kevincarroll.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Second Avenue Press (April 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981960804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981960807
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The topic of the book is a great one; the contents however are useless. Had I known the authors were going to simply describe what most people already know about what it takes be a good speaker(have your ideas clear and organized, give examples and provide evidence of what you are talking about, tell people why they should listen to what you have to say, give a mind-blowing conclusion, etc.), I wouldn't have bought the book. I thought the book would contain more useable tips on "how to" be eloquent, as opposed to just describing the characteristics of eloquence. Seems to me that the book was only written as a bait to visit the authors' webpage and pay for other, hopefully more in-depth training courses.
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".
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If you are trying to figure out how to generically structure your communications with others I think this book does a good job. I think it is especially useful for presentations.

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.
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Just like "Wheel of Fortune's" before and after, Make Your Point is filled with "common sense of humor." But there is nothing common about it. A quick, easy read, these real tales about real people help clarify the Diamond technique introduced in the book. I always considered myself a good communicator, I know I am now a better one for having read the book. I loved the book the first time I read it, and the next 6 times I referenced it for help. In fact, I'm putting it on my gift list to give to my clients.
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99% of the reviews that I write is to help readers find books and items that I think that would or would not enjoy. I am recommending "Make Your Point" for a more selfish goal. I have sat through way too many terrible presentations that would have greatly benefited from "Make Your Point". If everyone read "Make your Point" I would no longer be exposed to those long winded, rambling, and boring talks that seem to be the norm.

"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.

5 Stars

----Please note that I reviewed a free promotional copy provided by the author/publisher---------
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All of us need to sell our talents at some point in life. Maybe we're riding in an elevator with a boss and need to make a good impression. Maybe we have a home business and need more sales. Make Your Point! is all about communicating in a clear, effective manner - even in voice mail and email.

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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