Tuesday, November 18, 2014


There is an old cliché that says that people are more afraid of public speaking than of death. Well, this may be an overstatement, but giving a speech, making a sales pitch or answering questions at a job interview can cause anxiety. Let’s go to the experts on the shelves of the Monrovia Public Library for some new books on oral presentation skills.
TED, which stands for technology, education and design, is a non-profit organization that promotes “ideas worth spreading.” Its TED talks by authorities on many topics are famous for their informative content and great presentation. Author Carmine Gallo has written Talk Like TED: The Nine Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds, which is meant to teach those skills to anybody who needs to deliver a speech.

Ditch the Pitch by Steve Yastro is all about improvisation. Teaching people not to be nervous, the book shares the idea that speakers should enter a situation and have a conversation, rather than recite a script.  The author’s method is described in step-by-step habits that he encourages speakers to develop.

Challenging people to discard everything they thought was right about communicating, The Presentation Lab by Simon Morton takes a look at what truly makes a presentation effective.
Veteran business reporter Bill McGowan wrote Pitch Perfect to help speakers concentrate on the art of persuasion and how to make sure a spoken message is not only to-the-point, but that it gets made at the right time to right people.

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