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Publisher's Summary

The ultimate interactive public speaking guide from tech speakers Poornima Vijayashanker and Karen Catlin that prepares and encourages techies to discover their expertise, confidently share it, and successfully level up in their careers.
Techies around the world can now jump start and grow their speaking careers with the book, Present! A Techie's Guide to Public Speaking, written by tech leaders, Poornima Vijayashanker and Karen Catlin. The book serves as a resource for technology professionals who want or need to develop the skills to communicate their expertise effectively, whether in a meeting at work or delivering an engaging talk at a conference.
Poornima, who is the founder of Femgineer and the founding engineer of, collaborated with former Adobe vice president and founder of Karen Catlin Consulting, Karen Catlin, to compile and share their lessons, tips, and techniques learned from their own experiences as professional tech speakers.
Present! covers public speaking from A to Z. Through stories, examples, and interactive exercises, Poornima and Karen dive into topics including, overcoming stage fright, exploring personal speaking style, creating the right talk for the right audience, polishing presence and delivery, and nailing any type of talk, whether it's a lightning or long-form talk or being part of a panel.
©2015, 2016 Poornima Vijayashanker and Karen Catlin (P)2016 Poornima Vijayashanker and Karen Catlin
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5 out of 5 stars
By LSnow on 05-06-16

Useful advice on public speaking

An excellent primer on public speaking. It's geared mostly towards the sort of speaking done at technical events, but the information should be useful for anyone who needs to do any kind of public speaking. The audiobook was a good way to breeze through the book, though the tones used to indicate new chapters kept me looking at my phone, trying to figure out what that sound was. It's a good listen, and the authors did a good job (as one might expect when the book is about public speaking). I'm looking forward to putting some of these tips into practice!

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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-31-16

some good stuff but lot of fluff

This book could have been 1/3 the length and still given all the info. That said there are some nuggets it is a shame so much gravel had to be moved to find them.

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