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Stellar Presentations: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Giving Great Talks by [Israel, Shel]
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  • File Size: 121 KB
  • Print Length: 76 pages
  • Publication Date: January 31, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073ZP01E
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Shel popped me an email to see if I would kindly read and review his newest book, Stellar Presentations: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Giving Great Talks, and I happily obliged. Shel Israel explains the impetus behind this book himself: Create Stellar Presentations with Coach Shel Israel

"Stellar CVR 199x3002 Create Stellar Presentations with Coach Shel IsraelI decided to write Stellar Presentations, a small book for a niche market that I know and love. This is a book for tech entrepreneurs who need to present at conferences. I hope you find it useful."

To me, however, it is so much more. This book is conversation and personal, allowing the rest of us to have a taste of Shel as our personal business coach.

While the book gets into the nitty gritty of presenting your new tech start-up to venture capitalists, it's much more generally accessible than that. It offers tips that can be mapped to any sort of presentation you'll need to make on any subject because it addresses issues interesting to anyone who needs to do any sort of public speaking. For example, I believe I will stop winging it when I am up on stage. Shel has finally convinced me that practice does make perfect and even though I may well be a subject matter expert, I am not a public speaking expert, which is something needs to prepare for:

"I don't wish to overstate my point. You probably don't have time to practice 10,000 hours for your talk. Nor is the challenge before you quite as difficult as composing a Mozart masterpiece. But public speaking does require a lot of practice."

But this sort of practice demands brevity and prioritization because time is the enemy of the presenter's presentation:

"As a speaker, your constraint is not space, but time.
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By TW on February 8, 2012
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there have been a lot of books that attempt at helping entrepreneurs tell the story, but none provide the detail and examples needed to bring a presentation to life. Shel's masterfully shared his experiences working with some of the top entrepreneurs. Read the book once for enjoyment. Read the book again as a reference guide.
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Short, somewhat entertaining but essentially I didn’t see anything new, yet considering the price, size, and electronic delivery, I think many people beginning their exploration of Speaking/Presenting would enjoy the read.
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The book advocates a storytelling-based approach to presentations as contrasted with a Powerpoint-based approach. This is not much of a surprise, as Shel Israel is one of the most captivating storytellers there is. It is important to note, though, that he does use Powerpoint, just not as an all-encompassing solution.

In addition to the stories and the insights drawn from those stories, the book includes advice on considering your audience and goals, structuring your speech, resolving common problems while giving a speech, and, importantly, having fun when giving a speech.

Shel's prose is always a pleasure to read, but perhaps it is his self-publishing effort that is showing, because the lack of good editing keeps this book from being perfect. It is still good though.
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A brilliant, short book but with depth in content. Shel has nailed the presentation and story-telling aspect of great talks. The anecdotes he has shared are worth reading, I finished it at one go and found it a bit short. hope Shel comes out with another revised version soon. The price @ $9.99 seems a bit high, it could have been $5.99 or less.

To all presenters, there is something in this short book for each one of you, do not miss it.
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This is a great book, and so fortunately I read it last month before I came to SXSW. At SXSW in Austin, my startup "Discoverful" was one of the selected mobile app showcase in AppCircus event, and I need to deliver a short speech in public. We also attended the SXSW mobile app Hackthathon, where we need to pitch an idea, build the product and give a presentation in front of a large group of people. We received great feedback, and we win the 1st prize in the hackathon. And I believe what I learned from this book helped me a lot, as a non-native English speaker, I always feel how to deliver a public speak is a challenge, I worried about my pronunciation, I worried about my accent, I worried about what if I forgot my words or someone in the audience ask me an unprepared question. By attending many small events and learn from this book, I realized I might never be able to make my English as good as a native speaker no matter how hard I try, but I can focus on the story telling itself and make my story much more fun and easier to catch up. I tried in this direction, and I think it worked well. I encourage every entrepreneur like me who are not native to English read this book, and keep practice with the tips from this book, and you will see you are much more confident when you speak in public.
Last week, I attended Where 2.0 conference where my startup was selected as a startup showcase, I need to pitch many times to the visitors to my booth, do a video interview in front of camera and deliver a short key notes to hundreds people on stage, with what I learned from the book, and what I practiced in the past events, I feel I did well, and my startup become one of the 3 winners. I would like to say thanks to Shel and his awesome book, it is really helpful!
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