Be The Best Bad Presenter Ever (Enhanced)

Break the Rules, Make Mistakes, and Win Them Over

Karen Hough (Author)

Publication date: 05/13/2014

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

This enhanced edition of Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever includes 13 exclusive videos that show you how to be a memorable, effective presenter by breaking all the rules. These videos offer a unique learning experience as author Karen Hough walks you through the good, the bad, and the ugly in the world of presentations. Watch as she and her colleagues model how to communicate ideas with care and authenticity, while poking fun at the ridiculous habits that are considered the norm in giving presentations.

* 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

Gold Honoree, Benjamin Franklin Digital Book Awards

Most of us have received unhelpful advice like this before: cling to the podium, when in doubt use bullet-points, and suppress your nerves before they suppress you. Thankfully, Karen Hough debunks these myths and shows you how to be a presenter who makes a genuine connection with the audience--the type of connection that inspires people to take action

With 25 minutes of lively and engaging video, this enhanced edition copy will change everything you thought you knew about presentations. Join Karen Hough as she teaches you how to be the best bad presenter you can be, so that what you say will actually make a difference.

With 25 minutes of lively and engaging video, this enhanced edition copy will change everything you thought you knew about presentations. Join Karen Hough as she teaches you how to be the best bad presenter you can be, so that what you say will actually make a difference.

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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Overview

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

This enhanced edition of Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever includes 13 exclusive videos that show you how to be a memorable, effective presenter by breaking all the rules. These videos offer a unique learning experience as author Karen Hough walks you through the good, the bad, and the ugly in the world of presentations. Watch as she and her colleagues model how to communicate ideas with care and authenticity, while poking fun at the ridiculous habits that are considered the norm in giving presentations.

* 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

Gold Honoree, Benjamin Franklin Digital Book Awards

Most of us have received unhelpful advice like this before: cling to the podium, when in doubt use bullet-points, and suppress your nerves before they suppress you. Thankfully, Karen Hough debunks these myths and shows you how to be a presenter who makes a genuine connection with the audience--the type of connection that inspires people to take action

With 25 minutes of lively and engaging video, this enhanced edition copy will change everything you thought you knew about presentations. Join Karen Hough as she teaches you how to be the best bad presenter you can be, so that what you say will actually make a difference.

With 25 minutes of lively and engaging video, this enhanced edition copy will change everything you thought you knew about presentations. Join Karen Hough as she teaches you how to be the best bad presenter you can be, so that what you say will actually make a difference.

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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Meet the Author


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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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Table of Contents

Preface to the Enhanced Edition

INTRODUCTION

Video: Passion

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

Video: Your purpose is to give a good presentation

#2: Give informational presentations

Video: Give informational presentations

#3: Practice in front of a mirror

Video: Practice in front of the mirror

#4: Picture the audience in their underwear

Video: 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

Video: Open with your introduction and close with questions

#6: You either have confidence or you don't

Video: Authenticity

Video: You either have the confidence or you don't

#7: What you say is most important

Video: What you say is most important

#8 and #9: Scan the back wall to simulate eye contact, and stand behind the podium

Video: Scan the back wall to simulate eye contact, and stand behind the podium

#10: Explain each topic

Video: 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

Video: If something goes wrong, act like nothing happened

#13: Ignore your nerves, and they will go away

Video: Ignore your nerves, and they will go away

#14: Control your emotions at all times

Video: Control your emotions at all times

Now Get Out There!

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

About the Author

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