The Power Presenter : Technique, Style, and Strategy from America’s Top Speaking Coach

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Why did I choose this resource?

Kevin chose this book for me to help with my anxiety when I speak in public and to improve my presenting skills.

What did you learn from it?

I learned how to control my fear of being the center focus in a room. I also learned how to deliver a moving presentation by organizing and taking control of my content, being aware of my body language and tone of voice, and using visual aids to enhance my presentation.

Key Knowledge

  • When presenting you transmit human dynamics: Verbal (the story), Vocal (your voice), and Visual (your body language).
    • The audience is affected most by Visual, then Vocal, and least of all Verbal.
    • The presenter and the audience also share feeling, also known as empathy.
    • Reason behind nerves when standing in front of a crowd comes from the Fight-or-Flight reaction.  All organisms have this, but humans can bend this to their advantage.
    • Anxiety begins to build from the moment a presentation or speech is given a day and time. To avoid the pressure, take action and prepare. Do not wait until the last moment.
    • The Seven Steps of story development:
    1. Define Objective – what is the call to action
    2. Brainstorm – organize ideas into main themes
    3. Roman Column – used as a mnemonic device to organize the main themes in your head, usually about 5-6
    4. Flow Structure – either chronological (time line) or numerical (count down your         Roman Columns)
    5. Graphics
    6. Ownership – Make the presentation yours, watch over it
    7. Verbalization – Always practice the presentation as if you were presenting at that moment.
  • Anyone can become an expert presenter. It is not something you either have or do not have.
  • The Mental Method
    • Use concentration to control your mind.
    • Focus on your audience, not yourself.
    • Present as if you were having a person-to-person conversation
      • Make eye contact, use your body to express yourself, emphasize words with your voice, and interact with the audience.
  • Cadence or rhythm in your speech is extremely important. Always speak lucidly so the audience can follow and understand you.
  • Complete the Arc – While maintaining eye contact, drop your voice at the end of a sentence or phrase to convey that it is a statement and not a phrase.
  • Multiple ways of presenting have been used by great speakers in the past.
    • Speak from high, inviting your audience to come up and join you
    • Speak to the audience at their level
  • When using visual aid, present with it. Also known as Graphic Synchronization.
    • Maintain eye contact or turn to the visual aid and become a voice over narrator.

How are you using what you learned?

I am using this new information to help me conquer the anxiety I feel when all eyes are on me. This is done by going through all the physical and mental actions of a presentation as if it was for the big show. Practice makes perfect.

Key Changes / Key Actions

  • Prepare and practice all speeches.
  • Be aware of body language and tone of voice.


  • Name : The Power Presenter
  • Author : Jerry Weissman
  • Link to Book

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