Presentation Skills Training Book
Review by Douglas Kruger
I’m one of those strange creatures that devours literature on Presentation Skills. I sniff it out, I collect it, I horde it. Call me masochistic. That’s why it was a rare treat for me to read Paul’s book, You Can Present With Confidence, before it went to print.
In addition to many years as a specialist presentation skills coach, Paul is a certified speaking professional – Southern Africa’s first this century. He is also a respected founding member and Past President and of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa, but that’s not what will matter to you as the reader. What matters here is that his book is deeply empathic. Paul seems to know the fears we face when confronted by different speaking scenarios, and within these pages, he gently guides us through all of them, thoughtfully, practically, and in ways that anyone can understand.
I was very impressed by just how in-touch Paul appears to be with the human being behind any speaking scenario.
He has also pointed out the most common pitfalls and logistical errors that haunt even the best speakers, and shown us how to deal with them quickly and efficiently. I had to smile at his mention of simple snags, like his description of setting up in the wrong room. These things, exactly as he describes them, have happened to me and countless other speakers many times, and I wish someone had given me the kind of gentle cautionary nudge that Paul is offering to you here.
No matter what your occupation, sooner or later you’ll be asked to stand and deliver. Everyone who takes their career seriously should have this book and consult it often. I particularly like the summaries at the end of every chapter. I know I will be glancing over these neatly summarised points prior to my next important presentation.
Paul, your book is excellent! You have made a very valuable contribution to allaying fears and teaching people to present in public with confidence. And you did it in such a relaxed fashion that I can hear your friendly voice throughout these pages. Well done!
For you, the reader: Take these chapters seriously. Do the preparation Paul suggests. Hear and heed his do’s and don’ts, and you will do well. Above all, take to heart the message that weaves its way throughout this book: Whenever you stand up to speak, enjoy it – the audience will love you for it!
Author of “50 Ways to Become a Better Speaker”, full time professional speaker and four times winner of the Toastmasters Southern African Championships for Public Speaking.