Book Recommendation: The Likeness, by Tana French

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I’ve just finished reading an astonishing well-written novel by the Irish writer Tana French. The Likeness is a police crime story set in modern Ireland. Published in 2008, it foreshadows the collapse of the Irish economy in an orgy of property speculation. Tana French’s novels are set on the edges of Irish society. Her [.]. Culture Shock! tana french

Recommended: THNKR: PODIUM YouTube Channel

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

THNKR posts original videos in four sub-categories: on books, prodigies, thought leaders and public speaking. I’ve just come across a fabulous Channel on YouTube. The public speaking channel (called PODIUM) is described as Embracing oration & those with something to say. From historic political speeches, to contemporary commencement addresses, to wedding toasts, the series explores [.]. Business Communication Public Speaking Speechwriting YouTube

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10 Books for the 21st-Century Presenter, Storyteller

Presentation Zen

A man will turn over half a library to make a book." And reading books is the best form of reading. I prefer books over articles and blog posts in the same way that I prefer albums over songs. But still I press on, trying to read as many books as I can.

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2 Great Visual Storytelling Books for Children

Presentation Zen

Since they were babies they have been exposed to books. As it is the Christmas season, I thought I would recommend two books here that do a great job of presenting their material in an engaging, visual way. We've already gotten a lot of mileage of these books.

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Reference books for design

Joan Detz Speaker Services

I keep these books in my library and recommend them highly: Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences, by Nancy Duarte Envisioning Information, by Edward R. Would you like your PowerPoint presentations to look better? Invest a couple hours to read about design from top design authorities. Tufte. Presentation skills Speechwriting

Book Marketing Made Simple – A Review

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Having published by first book The Presenters Edge, back in December 2016 and, having made loads of book marketing mistakes along the way, I was keen to read Karen Williams Book Marketing Made Simple. My first reaction after reading this useful publication was – “I wish I had read this before I published my first book!” These examples brought the ideas in the book to life and showed me how I could apply the ideas and techniques covered in the book.

10 great books to help you think, create, & communicate better in 2012

Presentation Zen

In the spirit of personal kaizen , I have listed below a few books that I read (or reread) over the past year that you may want to read as part of your own continuous improvement journey. Clicking on the book's icon takes you to Amazon.com.). (1) This book is quick and easy to read.

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Presentation Zen: 10 non-PowerPoint books that can help you create better presentations

Presentation Zen

Books are good, but which ones? I don't usually suggest PowerPoint or Keynote "how-to" books, but instead recommend reading books from various design and communication fields to stretch your knowledge and perspective. I have almost all of Scott Kelby's photography books.

Book 9 of 52 in 52: The Message of You - Judy Carter

Speak and Deliver

I named ''The Message of You'' as one of my top books of 2013 - and vowed to re-read it this year. The risk in letting you know about ''The Message of You'', and recommending it so highly, is that you''ll all go out and buy the book and decide you don''t need a coach.

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Book Marketing Made Simple – A Review

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Having published by first book The Presenters Edge, back in December 2016 and, having made loads of book marketing mistakes along the way, I was keen to read Karen Williams Book Marketing Made Simple. My first reaction after reading this useful publication was – “I wish I had read this before I published my first book!” These examples brought the ideas in the book to life and showed me how I could apply the ideas and techniques covered in the book.

Speaker Leader Champion - Book 13 of 52 in 52 Weeks - A Review

Speak and Deliver

There''s been a lot of hoopla around Ryan Avery & Jeremey Donovan''s new book, Speaker Leader Champion - Succeed at Work Through the Power of Public Speaking , not in small part to Avery''s attempt to set a Guinness World Record of Most Books Signed earlier in April.

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Recommended book

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Thanks to George Chartier (a Federal government speechwriter) for sending this recommendation: “If you haven’t read Alan Alda’s book, Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself, (2007, Hutchinson, London ISBN 978-0-091-92106-4), I urge you to look for it. Tags: recommended books

Recommended book

Joan Detz Speaker Services

If you enjoy reading about words (and since you’re visiting a speechwriting blog, I’ll assume you do), you’ll find much to appreciate in this wonderful book An Almanac of Words at Play , by Willard R. Espy (author of The Game of Words ).

How to book more business and own your niche

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

NSA/NC Meeting Report: Saturday March 2, 2013 The Saturday meeting of the Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association featured two savvy businesswomen who shared ways professional speakers and information entrepreneurs can book more business and own their niche markets.

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Mini-review of Produce, Price and Promote Your Self-Published Book and eBook

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

A short review of Produce, Price and Promote Your Self-Published Fiction or Non-fiction Book and eBook has just been posted on Amazon: Paul Lima’s book Produce, Price and Promote Your Self-Published Book or eBook was a valuable resource to me as a new author. The booked helped me create a systematic plan, while guiding me in avoiding some of the pitfalls that can arise from delving into the world of publishing. I recommend this book to all aspiring authors.

Book Review: 10 Steps to Writing a Vital Speech, by Fletcher Dean

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Dean mentions fellow Ragan presenters Mike Long and Pete Weissman in his book and the forward is by Vital Speeches of the Day editor David Murray, who is also the books’ publisher. In this book, Dean shares his insight on how to be a successful speechwriter, quoting Ron Kirpatrick, a veteran executive communications pro at Toyota: “Most writers and PR people would rather do anything than write a speech. This book is a good overall introduction to the craft of speechwriting.

Review of two books on speaking

PowerPoint Tips

I recently read two books on speaking and thought I’d review them together. My understanding is that Jess and TJ are partners and the book cover includes “with Jess Todtfeld&# under TJ Walker’s name. Jess asked if I’d be willing to review the book.

Presentations in Action - A Review of Jerry Weissman's New Book

Speak and Deliver

The latest book from Jerry Weissman on Speaking is both easy to digest and easy to apply - but it will lead you to some new questions. But it does make for an easily accessible book, with short chapters covering a variety of speaking issues.

Instant Influence by Michael Pantalon - Book 21 of 52 in 52

Speak and Deliver

I wonder if the person who recommended I read Instant Influence really wanted me to read the Robert Cialdini classic ''Influence'', which was turned into an audio program called ''Instant Influence''?

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Don't Let the Messenger They Shoot Be You!: A Book Review

Speak and Deliver

For starters, I hate to give negative reviews, but I have to admit, this book didn't do much for me. But there are too many trite-but-no-longer-quite-true tidbits within, without anything new for more experienced speakers to benefit from for me to truly recommend it.

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Book review: Office 2011 for Mac All-in-One For Dummies

PowerPoint Tips

If you use Office on the Mac, this book is for you! If you’re not familiar with All-in-One For Dummies books, they’re thick! I’ll stick to Book IV, which is the PowerPoint part. You’ll find some great advice and recommendations for excellent delivery here.

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Relevant Resources: Books to Kick Off 2012

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The January/February edition lists books recommended by NSA members as inspiration for the New Year. Business Communication Marketing Public Speaking Social Media Speechwriting Book ReviewI help edit SPEAKER Magazine for the National Speakers Association (NSA). Each month I curate the Relevant Resources column – a list of time-saving tools and technologies. Go Ahead and Laugh: A Serious Guide to Speaking with Humor, by Rich [.].

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Recommended book: storytelling techniques

Joan Detz Speaker Services

I found this book listed in the August House Publishing catalog and recommend it to any professional speaker who wants to develop higher-level storytelling skills: Improving Your Storytelling: Beyond the Basics for All Who Tell Stories in Work or Play , by Doug Lipman (a storyteller, musician, Parents’ Choice Award-winning recording artist, and storytelling coach

Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur: How to publish a book

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Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur: How to publish a book, by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch. When I eventually got to it, I read the entire book cover to cover in a single day. Highly recommended, and at less than $10 for the Kindle version, a steal. Books Writing book review

Star Trek, Time Travel, & Speaking - Book 24 of 52

Speak and Deliver

Like any good science fiction book, I''m going to stretch reality a bit to make this review work in this blog space. When I started my year , I vowed to read and review 52 books in 52 weeks. Dayton Ward used way too much narration in this book for my tastes.

Resolved to Start a Speaking Career in 2012? A roundup of recent books to help you get cranking.

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

People send me their books regularly for comment, and the last half-dozen I’ve received all are aimed at the level of basic information for beginning speakers.    If you’ve resolved to kick-start your career in 2012, then one or more of these books may save you from making the usual beginners’ mistakes – and may even give you an idea or two for accelerating your career.    The advice in this book could save you a year’s worth of flailing around. 

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Like Riding a Bike

Manner of Speaking

Seth Godin is the author of several books about “marketing, the spread of ideas and managing both customers and employees with respect” They are bestsellers. His blog is one of my favourites and I highly recommend it. I love cycling. And living … Continue reading → Seth Godin practice Presentation public speaking

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My 2014 Reading List: 52 Books in 52 Weeks

Speak and Deliver

These are not all speaking books, not all marketing books, not even all non-fiction books. Many of you suggested some of these titles, others are books I have always wanted to read, others are books I want to re-read.

Book 2 of 52 in 52: The Attitude Check by Heath Suddleson

Speak and Deliver

On my list of 52 Books in 52 Weeks , I half-jokingly suggested to the author of ''The Attitude Check'', Heath Suddleson , that I''d review his book faster if he signed a copy and sent me one for free. The book was so much smaller than I expected.

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Recommended books for the reader on your Christmas list – or for you!

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Here are my suggested books for the reader on your Christmas list, or for you if you are looking for something to read: - Still Foolin’ ‘Em – Billy Crystal – Hilarious. If you like funny books, you will love Billy Crystal’s biography. If you liked The Hangover (the funny first movie, of course), you will like this book. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green – This is the most uplifting sad book I’ve ever read.

Geetesh Bajaj of Indezine.com publishes new e-book on PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts

PowerPoint Tips

Geetesh’s new 44-page e-book, PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts , is the most complete collection of shortcuts I’ve seen for PowerPoint 2003, 2007, and 2010. I recommend printing out the pages that cover your version and keeping them handy until using them becomes a habit.

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Squeezing the last minute out of a session

Manner of Speaking

Seth Godin is the author of several books about “marketing, the spread of ideas and managing both customers and employees with respect” They are bestsellers. His blog is one of my favourites and I highly recommend it. In this blog post from … Continue reading → Seth Godin closings Presentation public speaking

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Speaking of Take the Stairs - A Book Review

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A couple of weeks ago my friend Rory Vaden sent me a review copy of his latest book, Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success (amazon affiliate link). He keeps the book simple in structure - 7 Steps, 7 chapters: Sacrifice, Commitment, Focus, Integrity, Schedule, Faith, and Action.

5 Reasons why you don't need to write a book | Penelope Trunk's Brazen Careerist

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About this blog | About my company, Brazen Careerist | Penelopes guide to starting a blog 5 Reasons why you don't need to write a book Posted to: Blogging | Journalism September 14th, 2008 Del.icio.us So I had my agent write a post on how to get a book deal.

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Humor Book Reviews

Humor Power

I recently read two great books on humor, and I recommend them both to you. Both books are inspirational, funny and touching. Jerry Seinfeld described Born Standing Up as “one of the best books about comedy and being a comedian ever written.&#. Both the books are engaging, fun to read, and filled with insights that will help you understand the art and science of humor. Humor In Speaking humor books Marlo Thomas standup comedy Steve Martin

Recommended reference for speechwriters

Joan Detz Speaker Services

This book contains an international selection (proverbs from Africa, the U.S., If you’re writing speeches for British executives (or speaking to British audiences), you will appreciate the authoritative material in this book The best source for proverbs from England? The Little Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs , edited by Elizabeth Knowles and published by Oxford University Press. Oxford has been collecting, sourcing and researching proverbs since 1935.

Speak Like a Winner - book review

Executive Speech Coach

Speak Like a Winner How to Be Twice the Speaker in Half the Time By Akash Karia This book about public speaking was a fresh approach to a topic that has been written about and spoken about by many. The book was an enjoyable and easy read that took less than two hours to digest.

Recommended reading: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I’ve just finished reading The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work an enjoyable and uniquely insightful book by Alain de Botton. In de Botton’s own words, he wrote the book to “shine a spotlight on the working world,” exploring both its beauty and its beastliness. By turning a philosopher’s eye on the intricacies of labor and trade, [.]. Deep End Accountancy Alain de Botton Ernst & Young John Berger Modern Life Tuna Work

Recommended reading: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I’ve just finished reading The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work an enjoyable and uniquely insightful book by Alain de Botton. In de Botton’s own words, he wrote the book to “shine a spotlight on the working world,” exploring both its beauty and its beastliness. By turning a philosopher’s eye on the intricacies of labor and trade, [.]. Deep End Accountancy Alain de Botton Ernst & Young John Berger Modern Life Tuna Work

Recommended reading: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I’ve just finished reading The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work an enjoyable and uniquely insightful book by Alain de Botton. In de Botton’s own words, he wrote the book to “shine a spotlight on the working world,” exploring both its beauty and its beastliness. By turning a philosopher’s eye on the intricacies of labor and trade, [.]. Deep End Accountancy Alain de Botton Ernst & Young John Berger Modern Life Tuna Work