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Publisher's Summary

You probably hate giving presentations; you probably hate listening to them too. Why? Because most business presentations are too long, too detailed, too boring, and submerged under a blizzard of PowerPoint. But the single most important presentational tool known to man isn't a slideshow; it's you.
Whether you're speaking to one person across a table, 20 people in a boardroom or 1,000 people in a ballroom, it's all about the words you say and how you say them. The Presentation Coach shows you how to use what you've already got to give you clarity, confidence and impact in every speaking challenge you will ever face.
You'll learn the unique Bare Knuckle five-step process to effective presenting, and how to apply it to all business speaking, from large-scale presentations to one-to-one client meetings. Graham Davies has been coaching high-profile individuals from the worlds of business, politics and entertainment in exactly these techniques for the past 25 years. Now it's your turn. Graham has used all the experience he has gained from his time as President of the Cambridge Union, a criminal barrister and an international speaker to develop a highly transferable presentation methodology that can be adapted to any situation.
He is the joint founder of the consultancy Straight Talking, which has a fifteen-year track record in presentation coaching for a spectacular client list, including Tesco, IBM, Porsche, KPMG and UBS.
©2010 Graham G Davies (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Graham Davies is a brilliantly funny speaker who knows how to inspire and enthuse anyone who sees presenting as a bore, a burden or a source of terror." (Nick Robinson, Political Editor, BBC)
"This book really captures Graham's intense and robust sense of coaching. Just like the author, it is amusing, punchy and really comforting to have access to in all presentation situations." (Michel Combes, CEO, Vodafone Europe)
"I don't know anyone who could wear the label 'the presentation coach' more confidently than Graham" (Daniel Finkelstein, The Times)
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By Maureen Johnson (Kent U.K.) on 03-25-15

Presentation Excellence At It's Best!

What did you like most about The Presentation Coach?

The Presentation Coach by Graham Davies covered everything you need to know about giving excellent presentations in any situation, be it business or in your personal life. I particularly liked the smooth articulate voice of narrator Glen McCready!.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Graham's reference to "Bare Knuckle Brilliance" captivated me, knowing that he had stripped presenting back to basics, not only helping a would be novice like me learn from the bottom up but also so that a seasoned speaker would gain expert insight from a presenter like Graham at the top of his speaking profession.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Every chapter!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I listened mainly in the evening to only one or two chapters at a time then kept the audiobook playing while I drifted to sleep knowing that the following chapters would subliminally sink in to my brain. I continued this pattern untill I had listened to the whole book!

Any additional comments?

If you only ever purchase one book on presentation skills "The Presentation Coach" is a must have!

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By Derfel C on 11-09-17

Not the best resource if you are a nervous speaker

AVOID , taking an extra long time to explain all the bad things that will happen if you get nervous during your presentation is hardly going to help. I wss waiting for the "but of course none of this will happen' and that didn't happen. The presenter is arrogant and smug beyond belief, I couldn't finish this book. Find something else.

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By ajacdoyle on 07-26-16

Worthy Read

Last chapter came across as a bit pompous, but some good advice sprinkled through the book.

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