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Confessions of a Public Speaker [Kindle Edition]

Scott Berkun
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Scott Berkun tells it like it is. Whether you're speaking to 10 people or 1000 people, you will gain insights to take your presentation skills to the next level. It's a rare book that will make you think AND laugh. -- Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos.com--Tony Hsieh

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In this hilarious and highly practical book, author and professional speaker Scott Berkun reveals the techniques behind what great communicators do, and shows how anyone can learn to use them well. For managers and teachers -- and anyone else who talks and expects someone to listen -- Confessions of a Public Speaker provides an insider's perspective on how to effectively present ideas to anyone. It's a unique, entertaining, and instructional romp through the embarrassments and triumphs Scott has experienced over 15 years of speaking to crowds of all sizes.

With lively lessons and surprising confessions, you'll get new insights into the art of persuasion -- as well as teaching, learning, and performance -- directly from a master of the trade.

Highlights include:

  • Berkun's hard-won and simple philosophy, culled from years of lectures, teaching courses, and hours of appearances on NPR, MSNBC, and CNBC
  • Practical advice, including how to work a tough room, the science of not boring people, how to survive the attack of the butterflies, and what to do when things go wrong
  • The inside scoop on who earns $30,000 for a one-hour lecture and why
  • The worst -- and funniest -- disaster stories you've ever heard (plus countermoves you can use)

Filled with humorous and illuminating stories of thrilling performances and real-life disasters, Confessions of a Public Speaker is inspirational, devastatingly honest, and a blast to read.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Spitzen-Titel fuer den erfahrenen Redner 27. Dezember 2009
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Ob Public Speaking nun hierzulande bereits ein "Beruf" ist. Na, ich weiss nicht. Dennoch ist das Buch wichtig.

Trotz meiner fast 15 Jahren Sprechererfahrung im Technologiebereich habe ich einige neue Erkenntnisse daraus ziehen können.
Auch die ganz offensichtlichen Dinge nennt der Autor beim Namen. Ein Buch das auch Redeprofis noch weiterbringt.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Useful and funny guide 26. November 2012
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I really liked Scott Berkun's piece on public speaking a lot. He has some deep insights into the industry and useful information for everyone who already is a public speaker or wants to become one.
Since the author is a frequent public speaker it appears that he has a lot of experience in the field. By admitting his own faults and talking about being nervous before talks he gives the reader the impression that even frequent speakers have the same "problems" as a rookie.
I love his "down to earth" attitude and the way he writes.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Es wird allen gefallen, die Geschichten mögen. 22. Mai 2010
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In dem Buch beschreibt Scott Berkun alle die großen und kleinen Dinge, auf die ein öffentlich Sprechender achten muss, in dem er
Geschichten erzählt.
Einige Dinge sind nett zu lesen und ja, es gibt auch Informationen, die der Leser nicht kennt.
Bin ich aber wirklich daran interessiert, dass Scout Berkun, als er einen Vortrag an der DePaul University in Chicago gehalten hat,
einen Upgrade in das Zimmer 614 des Hotel Monaco erhielt, dort auf der Fensterbank sitzend einen großen Teil des Kapitel 3 seines
Buches "Confessions of a Public Speaker" geschrieben hat, um auch noch zu beobachten, wie jemand von der Polizei in einen Geschäft
um 1:15 am festgenommen wird, in dem Scout selbst noch einigen Stunden vorher etwas zu essen gekauft hat? Nein, dass interessiert
mich nicht. Leider kommen solche Passagen für meinen Geschmack viel zu häufig in dem Buch vor.
Doch es gibt auch relevante Informationen, wie z.B. mit Lampenfieber um zu gehen ist oder warum die meisten Rednerevaluationsbögen nutzlos sind.
Ein großer Vorteil des Buch ist die leichte lesbarkeit. Hier kommt der Vorteil des Geschichtenerzählens voll zum Tragen. Ich selbst habe das Buch
auf dem Beifahrersitz eines italienischen Kleinwagens während einer Fahrt auf den deutschen Autobahne vollständig gelesen.
Also für Freunde von Geschichten vielleicht geeignet, doch alle anderen sollten auf dieses Buch verzichten.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Nails it... 27. November 2009
Von D. Kanigan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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After grinding through far too many books on "how-to-present-better" books, I've finally found one that exceeds the promise. Scott Berkun, a former Microsoft executive who turned writer and professional speaker, practices what he preaches in his book.

* This book is written for anyone who has to give presentations (public speakers, managers, teachers) - it will benefit novices to veterans - and readers in all for-profit and not-for profit industries.

* This is a quick read - can be read in 1 or 2 sittings

* This is a page turning "how to" book

* It is written in a conversational tone packaged with excellent stories, persuasive tips, good research and "rhythmic" pace

* Author is informed via real world experiences - he is honest, humble and straightforward.

* He shares many usable tips and Do's and Don'ts that will stick (e.g. ask smaller than expected crowd to move up and dense-up; lose your content, ask audience for 10 topics they would like you to address; grab them early with a meaningful title for your presentation)

* Finally, a readable how-to book that delivers as promised...highly recommended.

* Some of my favorite excerpts include:

"...when 100 people are listening to you for an hour, that's 100 hours of people's time devoted to what you have to say. If you can't spend 5 or 10 hours preparing for them, thinking about them, and refining your points to best suit their needs, what does that say about your respect for your audience's time? It says that your 5 hours are more important than 100 of theirs, which requires an ego larger than the entire solar system. And there is no doubt this disrespect will be obvious once you are on the stage."

"Our bodies, sitting around doing little, go into rest mode--and where our bodies go, our minds will follow...with this distressing fact, it's easy to understand why most lectures are slow one-way trips into sedation...If you can stop boredom from happening, and stop doing things that bore people, you're well on your way to having an attentive crowd..."

"A common mistake people make is to shrink onstage. They become overly polite and cautious. They speak softly, don't tell stories, and never smile. They become completely, devastatingly neutral. As safe as this seems, it is an attention graveyard."

"By being enthusiastic and caring deeply about what you say, you may provide more value than a low-energy, dispassionate speaker who knows 10 times more than you do. You are more likely to keep the audience's attention, which makes everything else possible."

" The easiest way to be interesting is to be honest. People rarely say what they truly feel, yet this is what audiences desire most. If you can speak a truth most people are afraid to say, you're a hero. If you're honest, even if people disagree, they will find you interesting and keep listening. Making connections with people starts by either getting them interested in your ideas or showing how interested you are in theirs. Both happen faster the more honest everyone is. The feedback most speakers need is "Be more honest." Stop hiding and posturing, and just tell the truth."
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Incorrectly titled and interesting in parts 24. März 2010
Von David Bowers - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'll preface this review by saying I read this as part of a book group. I was told that although it was a public speaking aid, it was in itself a piece of entertainment. This review is based on the Kindle version.

Scott Berkun launches into Confessions of a Public Speaker at great speed with a hugely entertaining chapter on why public speaking really isn't as scary as we say it is. Using stats and surveys to prove that you really wouldn't "rather die than speak in public". Multiple times I was given strange glances by my significant other due to my laughing out loud.

By Chapter 4 I found I was no longer laughing. The entertainment factor had gone. It was no longer the advertised "... unique, entertaining, and instructional romp through the embarrassments and triumphs Scott has experienced over 15 years of speaking...". It was at this point that I felt `Confessions of a Public Speaker' may be an incorrect title, it had become a run-of-the-mill public speaking how-to guide. The advice was practical and I did take away many hints I can use, but much of it was common sense, strung out as far a possible to fill out an entire book.

One third of the book is made up of appendicies. These appendices are generally just repeats of the main segment. Ironically Scott teaches you to not waste your audience's time. Treat them with respect and keep them interested with important information they want to know. So to have one appendix focus on how many m&m's he ate while writing the book made me wonder if he practiced what he preached. The actual section containing real confessions of public speakers is also relegated to an appendix, again making me wonder if this is the correct title.

If you are looking to improve your public speaking I could only recommend this book as an accompaniment to a book on constructing and delivering an argument.

There were also a few errors in the kindle version entered by the publisher. At one point Scott refers to a chapter title, but instead of writing the chapter title it read `chapter x' and a hyperlink. Another section a footnote mentioned a chapter from another book but hyperlinked to the same numbered chapter within this. Only a couple of small errors but something O'Reilly Media need to check for.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Professional speaker Scott Berkun reveals the techniques behind what great communicators do 7. Dezember 2009
Von Ben Rothke - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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While there is a plethora of books such as Public Speaking for Dummies, and many similar titles; Confessions of a Public Speaker is unique in that it takes a holistic approach to the art and science of public speaking. The books doesn't just provide helpful hints, it attempts to make the speaker, and their associated presentation, compelling and necessary. Confessions is Scott Berkun's first-hand account of his many years of public speaking, teaching and television appearances. In the book, he shares his successes, failures, and many frustrating experiences, in the hope that the reader will be a better speaker for it.

An issue with many books on public speaking is that they focus on the mechanics of public speaking. While there is nothing necessarily wrong with that approach, Confessions takes a much deeper and analytical look at public speaking. The book demonstrates that the best public speakers are not simply people with fancy PowerPoint's; rather they are excellent communicators with a strong message.

While other books focus and stress the importance of creating good PowerPoint's, Confessions shows how one can rise above the PowerPoint and be a presenter of ideas to the audience. Such an approach can take a dry presentation and turn it into a compelling one.

Berkun notes that while many people perceive public speaking to be a terrifying experience, the reality is that it does not have to be so petrifying. With fundamental preparations, even the most timid person can be a public speaker. While such a person will never be a speaker at the caliber of a Steve Jobs, there is no reason they can't present an enjoyable and educating presentation.

The book is loaded with chapter after chapter of practical advice. Berkun also shows what to do when things go terribly wrong; from how to work a tough room, when technology fails, microphones that go bad and more.

The book also provides effective techniques on how to deal with a participant, who in the course of asking a question, turns it into a monologue or diatribe. His suggestion is to throw the question back at the audience. Ask the audience "how many people are interested in this question?" If only a fraction of the audience raise their hands, tell the questioner to come up afterwards and that you will answer them. Berkun concludes that just because a question is raised, does not mean that the speaker is obligated to answer it.

Some of the advice in the book is obvious, but only after you read it, such as not turning your back on the audience, and more. One of the better suggestions is rather than ending a talk with "are there any questions", use "what questions did you think I would answer but didn't?

As an effective communicator, one would have thought that Berkun could have gotten his message across with less profanity. While the book is not necessarily profanity laden; it is there in numerous places. That will preclude the book from being purchased in many organizations sensitive to that.

Chapter 6 - the Science of not boring people - is perhaps the best chapter in the book, where Berkun takes a look at a fundamental problem with many public presentations, they are simply boring. The chapter describes an experiment in which heart-rate monitors were strapped to listening students during lectures. Their heart rate peaked at the start of the lectures and then steadily declined. Berkun notes that with this depressing fact, it's easy to understand why most lectures are slow one-way trips into sedation. Our bodies, sitting around doing little, go into rest mode, and where our bodies go, our minds will follow."

Berkun also writes of perhaps what is the biggest bane of having to listen to a speaker, death by PowerPoint. Far too many speakers lack relevant content and try to make up for that with fancy PowerPoint presentations. Berkun notes that far too few people create their content first. Rather they put their ideas immediately into a PowerPoint, with the hope that good content will magically emerge. The message Berkun says repeatedly and which speakers should take to heart, is that content is what matters, and not the sacred PowerPoint.

The reason for so much death by PowerPoint is that many speakers are seduced by the style of the presentation and get caught up in the fonts, videos, graphics, and more, and lose all context of the points that they want to make. Berkun concludes that the problem with most bad presentations is not the slides, the visuals or any of the things that most people obsess about; rather it is the lack of thinking.

The book also stresses the importance of good feedback for the speaker to grow into a better speaker. The challenge is that most attendees are reticent to give effective rebuke to the speaker. Berkun says the best way to overcome this is for a speaker to videotape themselves, and be merciless with themselves, extracting what their mistakes are.

The last chapter is "You Can't Do Worse Than This", is made up of stories of disastrous experiences from various public speakers. The chapter is exceptionally insightful and entertaining. Perhaps the funniest story was when Larry Lessig was invited to be a guest at a conference in Georgia (as in Eastern Europe) and after the introduction, was unexpectedly told that he was to give a one-hour talk comparing the German, French and American constitutions, with special insights for Georgia.

Overall, Confessions of a Public Speaker is a very well-written, entertaining and engaging overview of the art of public speaking. For those that are contemplating public speaking, or want to improve their current aptitude, it is impossible that after reading the book, that they won't be a better speaker. For those that simply want to know what goes into, and what makes a really good presentation, Confessions of a Public Speaker is also a worthwhile book to read.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Demystifying public speaking 31. Januar 2010
Von S. Bean - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Entertaining book that helps demystify public speaking. Berkun shares useful tips from his personal experience as a public speaker that I found helpful in terms of psychologically preparing myself for public speaking engagements. It is a fun and easy read but if you are looking for a book that has lots of content on how to construct a talk, etc. then this probably is not the best resource. However, it is a good overview text that provides some additional suggested readings in some areas, such as presentation content. Overall, if you are looking for a fresh take on a way to postivitely reframe the endeavor of public speaking, this book is great. If you are looking for more of the nuts and bolts of public speaking then you may be disappointed.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen more fun than useful 31. Oktober 2010
Von Skaates - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I read this book to help improve my teaching. While it was generally entertaining, there was not much within it I could use to transform the way that I present information. There is a chapter on Scott's experience appearing on TV, which should be titled "Look guys, I was on TV." This chapter is exemplary of my problems with the book, which is that it seems to have been written late at night more for his benefit than that of the reader. Scott recommends you practice each speech 4 times, which is certainly good advice, but impractical for an instructor.

I do think he really enjoyed writing the book, and this transmits to make it a fun read. However, it lacks the thought and organization to convey what makes a good presentation and how to do it. From watching Scott's speech at Carnegie Mellon on innovation, I can see that Scott does know how to present ideas effectively, and to make the audience care about them. Perhaps his references can help me learn how to do this myself.
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