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The Virtual Presenter's Handbook Paperback – July 28, 2009

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About the Author

Roger Courville is a ten-year veteran of web seminars and presentations - from startup to Microsoft to co-founding two companies with partner and industry veteran Scott Driscoll. 1080 Group is a training and consulting firm providing companies with knowledge and skills to better communicate and compete with virtual presentations by teaching trainers, marketers, and salespeople how to design, promote, and deliver innovative web seminars and presentations. Our team has a collective experience that includes hundreds of clients, thousands of web seminars, and more than a million web seminar attendees.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First Edition edition (July 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449504671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449504670
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,308,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Brown on February 14, 2011
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The information in this book was good, but basic. Of course, everyone reading it has a different level of expertise. I would recommend it for people with begining webinar skills.
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Readable. Engaging. Informative. Fun. This is one tool that I can use on a regular basis for any size of on-line audience I present to. Roger gives easy to replicate strategies that I can put to use right away. Along with this, he highlights the issues that differentiate virtual presenting from other forms of presenting and gives tips for adjusting delivery styles. What a great resource!
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This book is a quick read - I read it in one afternoon. If you've attended one of Roger's webinars, it is pretty much the same information. I plan to use it to explain to the "non-professional" presenter how to present virtually - just because one is knowledgeable about the subject matter does not mean they are a presenter. It provides the reason "why" I'm asking them to do it a certain way.

The only drawback, is the book isn't a visually pleasing as Roger's webinars are. However, it does follow the format - introduce, explain, and key take-away. I guess I would have liked the little cliparts to draw my attention better. Oh way, Roger covered that - Don't Date Yourself.
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Roger Courville's book is the seminal work on delivering information in a virtual medium. Yes, there are lots of blogs and checklists out there that give you a breezy sense of what is required to create a webinar. They are free for a reason.

This book is the HOW; with myriad details about the nuts and bolts of designing and producing a dynamic presentation while managing the powerful potential (and risks) of online tools.

Roger gives you definitive instruction, honed from extensive experience (and the occasional misstep), including:
* Beginning and ending a webinar effectively
* Addressing the expectations of the audience
* Dealing with the technical issues of a remote audience
* Delivering your message to keep participants focused and engaged
* Designing slides effectively
* Having a great moderator
* Managing Q&A from the audience
* Evaluating pros and cons of interactive webinar tools
* Using interactive tools effectively
* Identifying and mitigating the risks of online presentations (and there ARE risks!)
* Moving ahead when stuff goes wrong. This is important ... because stuff WILL go wrong!

What? You didn't think you needed to know all this to deliver a successful webinar? Well...you do! Conduct one and see.

If you leverage virtual presentations in your business - and I do - the investment in this book is mission critical. (I do believe I paid more to have business cards printed.) Buy it, and save yourself the drama of not getting it right the first time!
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Unfortunately, this book is poorly edited...lots of typos. Second, the information really doesn't help that much. If you are already delivering webinars, you will already know most of what this author is writing about. Also, the book seems to be all over the place making it difficult to follow. That is why I gave this book a rating of 1 star.
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Book is very easy to read and has some good points but I don't think it was worth the $20 I paid for it. Now if I paid to see him live and they gave me the book, okay. Retail value should be arouns $11
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Roger's book is a must free for those who are just introducing themselves to the world of conducting webinars (and is a great refresher for those of us that have been at this for a while). The easy communication of thoughts and ideas, and the inclusion of the timely stories show that people in all size companies struggle with the best way to use web conferences. Roger's book shows that there are a number of easy things you can do from before the conference starts to when it's time to get on stage and that turning your presentation into an interactive experience is a task easily done.
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I really enjoyed this book and managed to read it in one sitting. It is concisely written, informative and has plenty of practical examples of virtual presenting best practice and some great anecdotes about things that can go wrong. It's formatted to be easily read and also as a quick reference guide for future use. Roger is the webinar guru and he shares some real pearls of wisdom in The Virtual Presenter's Handbook. Buy the book.
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