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Perfect presentations : the essential guide to thinking and working smarter
Collins, John, 1937-
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Publication Information:
New York : AMACOM, [1998]

Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
"A Marshall edition"--T.p. verso.

Includes index.
Format :


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HF5718.22 .C65 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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With business pressures mounting, the expectations companies have of the personal skills of their employees continue to grow. Making a presentation to clients or your colleagues requires confidence and a particular set of skills. Learn how to overcome nerves and be more confident, to project and express your ideas successfully, and to capture the audience's complete attention. John Collins covers topics from body language, use of voice, aids and location and gives tips on structure, aims and building rapport with the audience. Whatever the circumstances of your presentation - be it formal, one-to-one, or by telephone - you can build your confidence and prove you're in the business of achieving success. Book jacket.

Author Notes

John Collins retired from Lazard Brothers as Director of Training and Development in 1998, having joined the company in 1987 after a 32-year career as an army officer. Teaching, advising, and coaching on communication skills has been an integral part of both careers. Since retiring, John has continued to write, teach, and lecture on all aspects of communication skills.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. 2
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 8
What is a successful presentation?p. 9
Types of presentationp. 10
The involved partiesp. 12
Summaryp. 13
Chapter 2 Why people perform badlyp. 16
Self-assessment exercisep. 17
Summaryp. 19
Chapter 3 Overcoming fearp. 22
The voicep. 26
The voice: exercisep. 28
The right wordsp. 29
Humorp. 30
Body languagep. 31
Notesp. 34
Readingp. 37
Locationp. 38
Summaryp. 39
Chapter 4 The basics: preparationp. 42
Preplanningp. 44
The outline planp. 46
The planp. 50
The start: preliminariesp. 52
The middlep. 55
The conclusionp. 57
Getting feedbackp. 58
Making it happenp. 61
Summaryp. 61
Chapter 5 Uses and abuses of visualsp. 64
Design: pictures and wordsp. 66
Design: graphsp. 67
The equipmentp. 71
Transparenciesp. 72
Slidesp. 73
The flipchartp. 74
Videop. 75
Handoutsp. 76
Summaryp. 77
Chapter 6 The question and answer sessionp. 80
Handling questions and answersp. 81
Other aspects of questions and answersp. 84
Summaryp. 85
Chapter 7 Fine tuning for specific situationsp. 88
Summaryp. 93
Conclusionp. 94
Indexp. 95
Further readingp. 96