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"Presence is more than just being there."   

                                     -- Malcolm Forbes

Present and Project

The Book:
Full Voice: The Art and Practice of Vocal Presence


Why Read It? Author Barbara McAfee identifies five distinct vocal tones or qualities -- earth, fire, water, metal, and air -- and explains how to cultivate each one. Discover how to use your voice to convey authority, passion, compassion, and other essential leadership qualities -- and how to choose the right voice to ensure that your message and meaning are understood by colleagues, friends, and family.


Read an excerpt here and buy the book for 30% off.

Like a reading experience that's enhanced? Check out this Full Voice digital edition, complete with audio and video.


The Book:
Creating Personal Presence: Look, Talk, Think, and Act Like a Leader


Why Read It? Presence is not about who you are
but about how you are. And it's something anyone can learn. Author Dianna Booher provides scores of practical tips on the physical qualities, communication techniques, thought processes, and attitudes that underlie powerful personal presence.

This comprehensive guide will enable readers to become compelling leaders, no matter their current position.


Read an excerpt here and buy the book for 30% off.

Want to know how you rate on the Personal Presence scale? We've got a Self-Assessment for that!

For review and media copies, please contact Katie Sheehan.


Publishing News
Being Present

In this issue of the Communiqué, we explore how to effectively  use your voice and mannerisms to establish authority and presence.

We've all heard the usual advice about having a firm handshake and enunciating words properly to convey presence, but there are other equally powerful, yet not as well-known, techniques. For this issue, Dianna Booher provides Five Lesser-Known, Yet Highly Effective Ways of Establishing Personal Presence.
Other News  

+ October is National Book Month. Read!
+ The unauthorized memoir of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sold a whopping 644 copies in its first week. No, that's not a typo.
+ In his book on leadership, former secretary of state Colin Powell encourages leaders to "get mad."
+ Authors can now (virtually) sign copies of their e-books.

+ Eco-Libris published a hilarious piece listing what Republican presidential candidates would be if they were e-readers. (For example, Ron Paul would be an Astak EZ Reader -- widely ignored by the media.)
+ He may be a bestselling children's book author, but Maurice Sendak is actually quite bitter and angry. 
+ Facebook is going to launch a whole bunch of new features,  including, reportedly, a "Read" button.
+ As Borders stores close across the nation, bookstore employees are openly venting their frustrations with customers. Take a look at
+ TechCrunch predicts that bookstores will cease to exist by 2018. However, others have predicted that TechCrunch will cease to exist within a year.
+ Scientists have actually discovered the date and hour of Frankenstein's creation.
+ And finally, some book news so incredibly stupid that we'll just give you the link to the story because we're too embarrassed to relay the details. Go here.



+ Free Excerpt from a New York Times Bestseller: Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, by Alexandra Fuller. Read the excerpt here.

+ Free How-To: Learn to type faster here.

+ Free Software: You can find tips and instructions on how to incorporate animation and other features into your website here.
Free E-Book (for 48 Hours)
For forty-eight hours, we are giving away e-copies of the bestseller The Nonverbal Advantage, by Carol Kinsey Goman, and you can download it here. In thanks for your loyal readership, this e-book will be available as a free download exclusively for BK Communiqué subscribers. But act fast! After midnight on October 14, 2011, you're going to have to plunk down $21.95 like everyone else.
BK News Special
For seven years, BK publisher Steven Piersanti has been a harbinger of doom with his Ten Awful Truths about Book Publishing. But something amazing has happened. El jefe has actually turned from the dark side and now has Ten Secrets of Berrett-Koehler's Success to share with you.
David Blogs
Move aside, Bonnie, VP of Editorial & Digital David Marshall has  something to say.

All of us at BK mourned the recent passing of Steve Jobs, none more so than David, who met the legend many years back when Apple was just a scrappy young start-up. Read David's thoughts here.
We Recommend
Face it -- nothing kills your presence and presentation quite like PowerPoint. The listless images, boring clip-art, unnatural colors, and much-reviled fonts --using the program is just too traumatic. Thankfully, there's a better Like us on Facebookalternative. Prezi allows you to easily animate your presentations, embed videos, and create new themes and Follow us on Twittergraphics so that your presentation has as much impact as you do. Better yet, Prezi is free. Check out the demonstration about why you need to move beyond slides.
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Bestselling author Chris Anderson used Prezi for his TED talk last year with amazing results. See his presentation here.
End Notes

Last time, I issued this challenge. The first correct response came from Gwyn Nichols, who won a free book and is now going to do some digging into her own past. The answer can be found here

And your next challenge can be found here.  

Email me with any comments or rants as well as your thoughts about having the most brilliantly obnoxious coworker ever.

And if you appreciated this mindless pursuit in the last issue, I challenge you to complete this odd adventure.

P.S. -- this isn't real, is it?
"Male ladybugs prefer to be called 'bugs'" and other bits of wisdom can be found here: @EditorialHell.
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