Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever: Break the Rules, Make Mistakes, and Win Them Over

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2014 - Business & Economics - 145 pages
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Karen Hough doesn't want you to be “perfect.” People fear public speaking because they worry about having to conform to all sorts of handed-down rules that tie them up in knots and put their audiences to sleep. It's authenticity and passion that win people over, she says, not “polish.” But you can't be authentic if you're following guidelines that drain the life and personality out of your presentation.

Karen Hough doesn't want you to be “perfect.” People fear public speaking because they worry about having to conform to all sorts of handed-down rules that tie them up in knots and put their audiences to sleep. It's authenticity and passion that win people over, she says, not “polish.” But you can't be authentic if you're following guidelines that drain the life and personality out of your presentation.

Hough debunks over a dozen myths about presenting to make it more fun and natural for everyone. She explains how practicing in front of a mirror makes you worse, why you should never end with questions, and much more. She includes true stories of people who not only were able to become great presenters by being “bad” but actually came to enjoy it! Like them, by following Karen Hough's wise and witty advice, you'll be able to tear up the old rules and embrace and develop your own style. You'll be freed to be a living, breathing, occasionally clumsy human being whose enthusiasm is powerful and infectious.

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This was another Goodreads First Read giveaway that I entered. The cover and the title piqued my interest, and the text did not disappoint. Karen Hough, who is well-schooled in the art of improv ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Karen Hough is the founder and CEO of ImprovEdge, a company that creates learning experiences, training, and consulting to teach business skills. She has been a keynote speaker for events such as the PricewaterhouseCoopers Metro Women's Initiative conference, the Legal Marketing Association national conference, and the International Computer Negotiations US conference. Hough is a graduate of Yale University and La Sorbonne, Université de Paris IV.

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