Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever: Break the Rules, Make Mistakes, and Win Them Over (Paperback)
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Karen Hough doesn’t want you to be “perfect.” People fear public speaking because they worry about having to conform to all sorts of handed-down rules that tie them up in knots and put their audiences to sleep. It’s authenticity and passion that win people over, she says, not “polish.” But you can’t be authentic if you’re following guidelines 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 everyone. She explains how practicing in front of a mirror makes you worse, why you should never end with questions, and much more. She includes true stories of people who not only were able to become great presenters by being “bad” but actually came to enjoy it! Like them, by following Karen Hough’s wise and witty advice, you’ll be able to tear up the old rules and embrace and develop your own style. You’ll be freed to be a living, breathing, occasionally clumsy human being whose enthusiasm is powerful and infectious.
About the Author
Karen Hough is CEO of ImprovEdge, which creates training using improvisation to teach business skills. She is an Amazon bestselling author, keynote speaker, contributor to the Huffington Post, and winner of the Stevie International Award for Most Innovative Company of the Year.
“Best book that I have read that looks beyond the superficial rules associated with presenting and gets at the heart of what it takes to effectively communicate with your audience.”
—Jerry Stritzke, CEO, REI
“This book shows you how to connect with any audience, large or small, and motivate them to take action on your ideas.”
—Brian Tracy, author of Eat That Frog!
“Whether you’re in front of huge crowds or just presenting an update at a table, these tips and techniques are immediately usable.”
—Matthew Jauchius, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Nationwide
“Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever is my second favorite book on public speaking!”
—Malcolm Kushner, author of Public Speaking for Dummies
“Public speaking is the #1 fear of almost everyone. People are more afraid of speaking to a group than they are of snakes, spiders, or even burglars. But fear no more! Karen Hough’s new book shows you how to feel your fear and do it anyway. Learn how to fumble, stumble, or even forget your lines—but still deliver a killer presentation!”
—BJ Gallagher, coauthor of A Peacock in the Land of Penguins
“Karen’s book just makes me want to get out there and do it. Be yourself and damn the torpedoes! How refreshing.”
—Rick Gilbert, author of Speaking Up