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

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

byKaren Hough

Paperback | May 13, 2014

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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.

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.
Karen Hough is CEO of ImprovEdge, which creates training using improvisation to teach business skills. She is an Amazon bestselling author, keynote speaker, contributor to the Huffington Post, and winner of the Stevie International Award for Most Innovative Company of the Year.
Title:Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever: Break the Rules, Make Mistakes, and Win Them OverFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.71 inPublished:May 13, 2014Publisher:Berrett-koehlerLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1626560471

ISBN - 13:9781626560475


Table of Contents

Introduction: So Who Said You’re a Bad Presenter?
Chapter I: The Baddest Way to Prepare--Start Breaking the Rules Before You Even Hit the Stage
Break These Rules:
#1: Your Purpose Is to Give a Good Presentation
#2: Give Informational Presentations
#3: Practice in Front of a Mirror
#4: Picture the Audience in Their Underwear
Chapter II: You are the Presentation–-So Be Your Baddest You
Break These Rules:
#5: Open with Your Introduction and Close with Questions
#6: You Either Have Confidence or You Don’t
#7: What You Say Is Most Important
#8 and #9: Scan the Back Wall to Simulate Eye Contact and Stand Behind the Podium
#10: Explain Each Topic
#11: Have All Your Bullets on PowerPoint Slides
Chapter III: Oops!--Staying Bad, No Matter What Happens
Break these Rules:
#12: If Something Goes Wrong, Act Like Nothing Happened
#13: Ignore Your Nerves and They Will Go Away
#14: Control Your Emotions at All Times
Now Get Out There!
About the Author

Editorial Reviews

“Best book that I have read that looks beyond the superficial rules associated with presenting and gets at the heart of what it takes to effectively communicate with your audience.” —Jerry Stritzke, CEO, REI “This book shows you how to connect with any audience, large or small, and motivate them to take action on your ideas.” —Brian Tracy, author of Eat That Frog! “Whether you’re in front of huge crowds or just presenting an update at a table, these tips and techniques are immediately usable.” —Matthew Jauchius, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Nationwide “Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever is my second favorite book on public speaking!” —Malcolm Kushner, author of Public Speaking for Dummies “Public speaking is the #1 fear of almost everyone. People are more afraid of speaking to a group than they are of snakes, spiders, or even burglars. But fear no more! Karen Hough’s new book shows you how to feel your fear and do it anyway. Learn how to fumble, stumble, or even forget your lines—but still deliver a killer presentation!”  —BJ Gallagher, coauthor of A Peacock in the Land of Penguins “Karen’s book just makes me want to get out there and do it. Be yourself and damn the torpedoes! How refreshing.” —Rick Gilbert, author of Speaking Up