Rock Your Presentation: A New Guide to Speaking with Passion

Rock Your Presentation: A New Guide to Speaking with Passion

by Nigel Barlow


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This book will protect your audiences from the following disorders:
· Death by PowerPoint
· Tedium
· Compulsive fidgeting
· Losing-the-Will-to-Live Syndrome

Nearly all of us have to pitch or present our ideas, whether in a formal setting like a theatre, at a company conference, in a classroom or even selling a concept one-to-one to our boss.

In Rock your Presentation, Nigel Barlow, a professional keynote speaker and creative coach to many of the world's most famous organisations, gives you inspiring insights and practical techniques to 'rock up' your presentation or speech.

Many of these tips come from exploring what makes great music so moving and impactful, and are easy to apply to make your own talks more dynamic and memorable. Try changing your key for different emotional impact; come up with a stronger chorus and an exciting climax; create your speaker's rider; be a protest singer to unleash your passion; and learn when and how to go unplugged to touch your audience.

Whether you want to create a whole new presentation or tune up a tired old one, Rock Your Presentation will give you plenty of fresh ideas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780349408903
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Nigel Barlow has made a successful living for several decades giving thousands of speeches to many of the world's most famous companies: Apple, Danone, GSK, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Vodafone are typical clients. He was a founding director of the Tom Peters company in Europe, and currently runs his own company. Until recently he was also an Associate Fellow at Oxford University's Saïd Business School.

Table of Contents

About the author i

Foreword xiii

Introduction: Why 'Rock'? 1

Part I Making Your Material Rock

1 Your Three-Minute Song: Use a novel structure to make your talk more exciting, engaging and memorable 15

2 Set The Stage: Create a speaker's 'rider' ? preparing your environment and audience 46

3 The Power Chords of Speaking: Write stories, word pictures and lyrics that illuminate your message 71

Part II Rocking Your Audience

4 Sound and Vision ? A Punk Guide to Life by PowerPoint: Experience a vocal and visual tune-up that avoids death by PowerPoint 101

5 Perform: Understand the physical side of stagecraft-using your passion and your imperfections 131

6 Rock The Crowd: Create interaction, getting the listeners? voices and minds into the room 158

7 Rock Your Pitch Up: A top ten of essential methods to grab attention 180

Part III Achieving Mastery in Speaking

8 Get Experienced ? Learning from the Masters: Explore what it means to develop your craft as a speaker 201

9 The Zen of Presenting: Tune in to your audience… 220

Sleeve Notes 230

Coaching, books and resources

Acknowledgements 235

Index 237

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