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In Presenting to Win: Persuading Your Audience Every Time, the world's #1 presentation consultant shows how to connect with even the toughest, most high-level audiences--and move them to action. Jerry Weissman shows presenters of all kinds how to dump those PowerPoint templates once and for all--and learn to tell compelling stories that focus on what's in it for their listeners. Drawing on dozens of practical examples and real case studies, Weissman shows presenters how to identify their real goals and messages before they even open PowerPoint; how to stay focused on what their listeners really care about; and how to capture their audiences in the first crucial 90 seconds. From bullets and graphics to the effective, sparing use of special effects, Weissman covers all the practical mechanics of effective presentation--and walks readers through every step of building a Power Presentation, from brainstorming through delivery. Unlike the techniques in other presentation books, this book's easy, step-by-step approach has been proven with billions of dollars on the line, in hundreds of IPO road shows before the world's most jaded investors.

 

Foreword to the Paperback Edition  xxiii

Preface: What’s Past Is Prologue  xxvii

Introduction: The Wizard of Aaaahs  xxix

Chapter One: You and Your Audience  3

Chapter Two: The Power of the WIIFY  15

Chapter Three: Getting Creative: The Expansive Art of Brainstorming  27

Chapter Four: Finding Your Flow  51

Chapter Five: Capturing Your AudienceImmediately  83

Chapter Six: Communicating Visually  109

Chapter Seven: Making the Text Talk  123

Chapter Eight: Making the Numbers Sing  143

Chapter Nine: Using Graphics to Help Your Story Flow  157

Chapter Ten: Bringing Your Story to Life  189

Chapter Eleven: Customizing Your Presentation  215

Chapter Twelve: Pitching in the Majors  231

Chapter Thirteen: Animating Your Graphics  237

Chapter Fourteen: The Virtual Presentation  257

Appendix A: Tools of the Trade  273

Appendix B: Presentation Checklists  277

Acknowledgments  283

Index  287

About the Author

Jerry Weissman, the world’s #1 corporate presentations coach, founded and leads Power Presentations, Ltd. in Foster City, CA. His private clients include executives at hundreds of the world’s top companies, including Yahoo!, Intel, Cisco Systems, Intuit, Dolby Laboratories, and Microsoft.

Weissman coached Cisco executives before their immensely successful IPO road show; afterward, the firm’s chairman attributed at least two to three dollars of Cisco’s offering price to Weissman’s work. Since then, he has prepared executives for nearly 500 IPO road shows, helping them raise hundreds of billions of dollars. His techniques have helped another 500 firms develop and deliver their mission-critical business presentations.

Weissman is author of the global bestseller Presenting to Win: The Art of Telling Your Story (Financial Times Prentice Hall, 2003) and In the Line of Fire (Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005) along with its companion DVD, In the Line of Fire: An Interactive Guide to Handling Tough Questions (www.powerltd.com).

 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (February 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131875108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131875104
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I teach courses in business writing, including lessons on presentations. When students ask for good books to continue learning, this is the book I recommend for presentations. I also suggest that it will help them with all of their communications at work. The ideas in the book are simple yet powerful. For example, the most important communications we do at work is convincing others, and a powerful way to do that is to tell them a story. It is fundamental human nature that storytelling awakens, relaxes, and engages those who are listening.
Unfortunately, the editing and packaging of the book are not as well done as is the presentation of the main ideas. The author has had one audience for years: entrepreneurs who are trying to convince bankers to back their IPOs. The publisher tried to take his ideas and make them applicable and accessible to all business people everywhere. They did not quite succeed, for a variety of reasons.
The text uses vocabulary and figures of speech that exclude those who are not older, male, American, entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. It uses basic words (graphics, verbal) in ways I found confusing. It has errors in grammar and punctuation, as well as inconsistent ways of presenting material. The book includes an unnecessary color insert. The end of the book received much less editorial attention than did the beginning of the book. As I read the first parts of the book, I was usually smiling and saying, "Ah hah!" As I read the latter parts of the book I found myself occasionally frowning and asking, "Huh?" And the whole book is replete with intrusive "sideboxes" that repeat parts of the text. I find this distracting and insulting.
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It would be a mistake to assume that the benefits of this book will be of greatest value only to those who make formal presentations. On the contrary, as Weissman explains so thoroughly and eloquently, each one of us every day is almost constantly telling a "story" in one form or another to achieve one or more of these objectives: to explain with information (exposition)...or to make vidid with compelling details (description)...or to explain a process or sequence with information (narration)...or to convince with logic and/or evidence (argumentation). The most effective formal presentations are those which make maximum use of all four levels of discourse. It is also worth mentioning that, although percentages vary from one research study to another, the impact of a face-to-face encounter is estimated to be as follows: body language 60-70%, tone of voice 15-20%, and content (i.e. what is actually said) about 10-15%. Skilled recruiters claim that more often than not, they have already made a decision about a candidate before the interview formally begins. In fact, it begins at the initial point of physical contact.
So, I think this book can be of greatest value to literally anyone whose communication skills (both verbal and non-verbal) need to be improved. The strategies and tactics which Weissman shares have almost unlimited applications: when making formal presentations and during job interviews, as noted, but also when preparing reports, contributing to group discussions (e.g. strategic planning and especially budget reviews), resolving problems with customer service, implementing crisis management initiatives, and conducting performance reviews.
Those who share my high regard for this book are urged to check out Stephen Denning's The Springboard: How Storytelling Ignites Action in Knowledge-Era Organizations and Kevin Hogan's The Psychology of Persuasion: How to Persuade Others to Your Way of Thinking.
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Jerry Weissman is a blessing to the corporate world. If you read his books (this one and "In the Line of Fire") and apply his advice, there is simply no reason why you cannot become a successful presenter and public speaker. In "Presenting to Win" he is incredibly thorough in explaining, chapter by chapter, everything from putting together your story in a way that will save your public the need to think and addressing the needs they truly have (working at the strategic level), to crafting a presentation that supports you as the presenter and allows you to be the focus of the attention from your audience (at the tactical level).

This is not a book for those who want a quick fix, since it requires some "processing time" to take in all the knowledge Mr. Weissman has to share throughout its 200+ pages. But the payoff is huge for those who go through it diligently and begin to adapt their presentations with this new knowledge in mind. Definitely, the Bible on presentations: nothing less; and indeed, one of the most useful and applicable business books I have read in a while.
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The lessons in this excellent book should be studied and applied by everyone who has to give presentations. In terms of audience connection and persuasive technique, Abe Lincoln must have known everything here (except, perhaps, the details of PowerPoint). And that's good, because you don't need anything new or fancy to give a great presentation, you just need a message and clear instructions on how to deliver it - so, here they are. The book is cleanly written with pop-out boxes, sample graphics and corporate examples. Anyone who ignores its powerful basic rules will fail at presenting. Failure means boring the audience and leaving them unconvinced and unwilling to hear more. This is your cure for those blues. The book's flaw is the author's tedious self-promotion, but he's a former TV guy, so what the heck do you expect? The bottom line, we attest, is that what he says, you need to know.
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