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Moving Mountains: Or the Art and Craft of Letting Others See Things Your Way Paperback – August, 1989

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Company / Collier Books (August 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0020306601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0020306603
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Seek this book. I've read books on presentations for 40 years and teach public speaking across America. This is the most insightful book, in fact the very best book I've ever read, period. The psychological savvy into groups, the chapter on graphics and visuals, the hundreds of little tips and techniques is unmatched. His emphasis on meeting the audience's needs is brilliant. I've been using Boettinger's ideas for more than 20 years they've helped me earn more than a million dollars and still no author has matched his fluent style, novel-like descriptions, and breath of knowledge. Search and purchase.
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If it comes back into print - buy this book! Moving Mountains was written long before Microsoft Powerpoint and similar presentation programs became popular, so it focuses on style, content, and knowing your audience. Tips include how to present a pre-draft of an external presentation to your management (don't have totally polished copy - leave room for them to make their mark), and how to salvage a hopeless presentation the night before (re-write the text so it focuses primarily on "you"). This book is worth a wait. See if it comes back into print - or (gasp) head for your local library. Very highly recommended
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I've read books on public speaking and making presentations for 40 years. I've been a priest, trainer, speech coach for Microsoft, speech writer for a Supreme Court Chief Justice in Washington State, and coach of people who appear on television. Moving Mountains is so insightful that I have passed on Boettinger's ideas for the past 20 some years. No one source has more insights into human nature, graphics, and persuasion and is written in lush, practical language. Simply the best book I have ever read. Period.
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When we moved from Texas to a retirement home in Seattle, we "downsized" our stuff. My copy of this book was a paperback and was worn out. I gave it to Goodwill as I did not expect to need it. WRONG. I am doing speaking and writing as much now as before. I ordered this used book through Amazon. What I received was a hardback copy in almost new condition. It was sort of sad that the previous owner had underlined up through page 40. He quit too soon. The extremely valuable section starts at page 47 where the author presents over a dozen speech approaches saith examples of speeches in each of those approaches. Last night Obama started his State of the Union message right out of this book on page 47. His speech writers just filled in the blanks. This book is to speaking what paint-by-numbers is to art!
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I waited a long time after reading this book to write a review. I tested this book's approach by sitting through many presentations and preparing my own presentation as well.

This book is the best i have read to-date on presentation and persuasion. What sets this book apart? It is simply the fact that this book was written long before Powerpoint and other "visual amplifiers" became fairly mainstream. This is helpful for me because eliminates the presentation medium and focuses on the art of presentation irrespective of the medium. Listening to the author felt like sitting under a wise sage who is passing on the wisdom after seeing a range of presentation scenarios - failed ones and successful ones. The guy is a genius.

I am beginning to see that mere logical reasoning would go only so far in convincing the audience. Convincing them is one thing but persuading them is another matter or I should say it is like moving a mountain.If you want to be a good persuader (not just a presenter), get this book.
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This is a must-read book if you ever plan to make a presentation, even if it's just a presentation to yourself as it will help you clarify your thinking. The book is nearly 40 years old now, but don't be fooled. The language is a tiny bit archaic, but the ideas and suggestions are golden and timeless. It contains ideas for presentation of ideas, organization of projects and critical thinking. The last chapter on generating ideas alone is worth the price of admission.
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Fantastic book that should be required reading for every MBA student. Boettinger's advice is dripping with experience and wisdom. This is not some self-proclaimed presentation expert spinning out droll advice, but an experienced AT&T executive who deeply understands the human psyche and what an expert orator needs to do to persuade an audience.

There is so much content here it's hard to summarize it. I love the section on different story formats to build interest in your presentation. He talks about how to field audience questions, the importance of emotional appeals rather than pure logic, mistakes to avoid, and other pearls of wisdom.

The book was an enjoyable read. You can almost feel the author materializing in front of you, wise and generous, sharing his years of hard-won experience with sincerity and humility. Boettinger does not pretend to be some kind of expert, but the weight of this book's advice proves he is more worthy of the title than any self-proclaimed presentation guru.
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