- File Size: 1314 KB
- Print Length: 376 pages
- Publisher: Morgan James Publishing (March 1, 2009)
- Publication Date: March 1, 2009
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00513MQ1C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #823,613 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
World Class Speaking: The Ultimate Guide to Presenting, Marketing and Profiting Like a Champion Kindle Edition
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I am a member of Toastmaster International, a non-profit organization for speaking and leading others, for close to 1 year. The main selling point is Craig shared his huge wealth of speaking experience clearly in writing. The lessons taught will give a speaker starting out, with a sturdy toolbox of useful speaking tools. Some lessons like marketing or sales can be brought over to areas outside of public speaking.
Part II "How to Generate Leads, Customers, and Huge Profits from your Presentations" was instrumental in helping me have a profitable business and now, more than 2 years after buying the book, I am finally getting to Part III "How to Use Virtual Speaking to Reach Thousands . . ."
If you want to become a world class speaker, learn from a world class speaker, Craig Valentine!
The third part of the part is about virtual speaking marketing which is actually becoming a more powerful way to make an income without leaving your home which as a speaker I love. I'm still working on this part of my speaking business but I can't wait to get that part rolling. Again, if you want to take your presentations, marketing and basically your entire speaking business to the next level get this book! I'm always learning something new from this book as a continue to re read it and highlight all the valuable information in this book full of gold.
Last year I read World Class Speaking by Craig Valentine and Mitch Meyerson. Meyerson provides some information about marketing yourself as a speaker and building an online system for doing such, but the meat of the book is Valentine's instruction about the nuts-and-bolts of speaking.
Craig Valentine is a "world champion of public speaking" through Toastmasters and has identified a clear system that can help any speaker create an idea and move it forward to a full-blown keynote speech. He lays this system out in his book. The book is organized around three parts that focus on building your speech, generating leads, and building an information business through your speaking.
The heart of the book, for me, is Part I, "How to Master the Art of Public Speaking." In four chapters, Craig covers general speaking tips, speech-structure, content development, and stage presence and delivery. His chapters are well-written and filled with examples that illustrate his point and hints to help you put these concepts into practice in your own speaking.
The final two Parts have more to do with marketing and business and are probably more useful for professional speakers than preachers (which I am), though I was able to apply some of the concepts to my blog and social media strategies.
I'm using Craig's 9 Step Structure Model to develop my sermons and have been rewarded with several comments about the clarity of these lessons. It's a useful approach and well worth investing in by buying this book.
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There is a great guerilla marketing part of the book that tells about how to market yourself. Some of these techniques I haven't even read anywhere even I read a lot of that stuff. The best part is that it makes sense so I trust its true.
I gave this book four stars because he use a bit too much time telling about his fellow public speakers that has won the world championship. Its obvious they all have a syndicate where they promote each other to sell more products. Every time he mentions himself he also gives his full title. It just becomes annoying after reading it a few times that I have to be told that he was the 1999 world champion of public speaking... He also promotes his own products and want to leave you with the feeling that you just have to get his expensive products to be complete. You maybe should but this book will take you very far.