Books: Three of a kind - Presenting... a more confident you

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Brilliant Presentation
Richard Hall
Prentice Hall £9.99

Hall combines a tool-kit, critical pointers and presentation anecdotes from stars in this excellent book. Well-structured and thoughtfully laid out, Brilliant Presentation gives tips for presenters at all levels, from novice to expert. Advice includes boosting self-confidence by proclaiming 'I feel totally shameless today'. Rock on!

- Best of its kind

The Confident Speaker
Harrison Monarth and Larina Kase
McGraw-Hill £10.99.

This book is full of tips, though there's a danger they can get lost among the many examples. An over-emphasis on what can go wrong means it starts on a negative note, but the authors work hard to give a fresh perspective on public speaking - you don't always have to picture the audience naked to get over your nerves...

Could be useful

Presentations That Change Minds
Josh Gordon
McGraw-Hill £12.99

This is a book to dip into rather than read cover-to-cover. Chapters are helpfully labelled by goals, eg 'Making a financial case' or 'Changing a perception'. There are good insights into audience participation too: plant 'early converts' in the front rows, but the case studies aren't always transferrable to the business world ('Girl scout camp'?).

Of minor interest.

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