Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever

Break the Rules, Make Mistakes, and Win Them Over

Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever
Shows how ripping up the traditional presentation dos and don'ts will make you a better, more relaxed, and more effective presenter.

* Takes on over a dozen pieces of "good" presentation advice and reveals why they actually make you worse

* Features stories of people who not only were able to become great presenters by being "bad" but actually came to enjoy it

If you're like most people, the phrase "You'll be giving a presentation" is on a par with "It looks like that molar will have to come out." Well, let's be honest: you'd prefer the surgery, wouldn't you?

One reason most people regard public speaking as a nightmare is that they have to be "perfect." They drive themselves crazy trying to conform to all sorts of handed-down rules that tie them up in knots and put their audiences to sleep. But Karen Hough knows that by throwing out those rules, relaxing, being yourself, and even making "mistakes," you'll connect with your audience much more effectively than the guy with the impeccable PowerPoint presentation.

Hough has used her unique approach to take the anxiety out of one of the greatest fears in business. It's authenticity and passion that win people over, she says, not polish. It's why people trust vlogs more than commercials and user reviews more than ads. But you can't be authentic if you're following constraining rules 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 everybody. She explains why mirrors are evil, why you should never end with questions, what the real purpose of any presentation should be, and much more. You'll discover how to embrace and develop your own style and communicate your message in a way that's all "wrong" according to the experts and that your audiences will find compellingly right.

If presentations really didn't matter, we'd all just send memos. There are a million ways to share information out there, but the more we digitize, the more we long for human connection. By following Karen Hough's wise and witty advice, you'll avoid being forced to become one more robot behind a podium and be freed to be a living, breathing, occasionally clumsy real person whose passion is powerful and infectious.

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Shows how ripping up the traditional presentation dos and don'ts will make you a better, more relaxed, and more effective presenter.

* Takes on over a dozen pieces of "good" presentation advice and reveals why they actually make you worse

* Features stories of people who not only were able to become great presenters by being "bad" but actually came to enjoy it

If you're like most people, the phrase "You'll be giving a presentation" is on a par with "It looks like that molar will have to come out." Well, let's be honest: you'd prefer the surgery, wouldn't you?

One reason most people regard public speaking as a nightmare is that they have to be "perfect." They drive themselves crazy trying to conform to all sorts of handed-down rules that tie them up in knots and put their audiences to sleep. But Karen Hough knows that by throwing out those rules, relaxing, being yourself, and even making "mistakes," you'll connect with your audience much more effectively than the guy with the impeccable PowerPoint presentation.

Hough has used her unique approach to take the anxiety out of one of the greatest fears in business. It's authenticity and passion that win people over, she says, not polish. It's why people trust vlogs more than commercials and user reviews more than ads. But you can't be authentic if you're following constraining rules 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 everybody. She explains why mirrors are evil, why you should never end with questions, what the real purpose of any presentation should be, and much more. You'll discover how to embrace and develop your own style and communicate your message in a way that's all "wrong" according to the experts and that your audiences will find compellingly right.

If presentations really didn't matter, we'd all just send memos. There are a million ways to share information out there, but the more we digitize, the more we long for human connection. By following Karen Hough's wise and witty advice, you'll avoid being forced to become one more robot behind a podium and be freed to be a living, breathing, occasionally clumsy real person whose passion is powerful and infectious.

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Karen Hough is the Amazon #1 bestselling author of The Improvisation Edge: Secrets to Building Trust and Radical Collaboration at Work. Her book also made the Top 25 Business Books on 800-CEOREAD. Karen is the founder and CEO of ImprovEdge, which creates corporate training using improvisation. ImprovEdge won the silver International Stevie Award for Most Innovative Company of the Year 2012 and has received the Athena PowerLink Award for outstanding woman-owned business. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.

Karen’s first life was as a professional improviser and actor. She trained with Chicago’s Second City, performed in more than one hundred theatrical productions, and was featured in radio, TV, and film. She lived a second life as a successful executive in IT for network engineering start-ups. She finally became an entrepreneur. ImprovEdge has a presence in six cities nationwide and a client list that includes ESPN, JPMorgan, OhioHealth, Turner Broadcasting, Coach, and Nationwide Insurance, to name a few. Karen is a graduate of Yale University and La Sorbonne, Paris IV. She serves on several boards and is deeply committed to volunteer activities. Karen lives with her husband and three children in Ohio.

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INTRODUCTION

So Who Said You're a "Bad" Presenter?

ONE

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

TWO

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

THREE

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!

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

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