Confessions of a Public Speaker

Scott Berkun


Confessions of a Public Speaker

Confessions of a Public Speaker

  • Title: Confessions of a Public Speaker
  • Author: Scott Berkun
  • ISBN: 9781449301958
  • Page: 382
  • Format: Paperback



In this hilarious and highly practical book, author and professional speaker Scott Berkun reveals the techniques behind what great communicators do, and shows how anyone can learn to use them well For managers and teachers and anyone else who talks and expects someone to listen Confessions of a Public Speaker provides an insider s perspective on how to effectively pIn this hilarious and highly practical book, author and professional speaker Scott Berkun reveals the techniques behind what great communicators do, and shows how anyone can learn to use them well For managers and teachers and anyone else who talks and expects someone to listen Confessions of a Public Speaker provides an insider s perspective on how to effectively present ideas to anyone It s a unique, entertaining, and instructional romp through the embarrassments and triumphs Scott has experienced over 15 years of speaking to crowds of all sizes.With lively lessons and surprising confessions, you ll get new insights into the art of persuasion as well as teaching, learning, and performance directly from a master of the trade.Highlights include Berkun s hard won and simple philosophy, culled from years of lectures, teaching courses, and hours of appearances on NPR, MSNBC, and CNBCPractical advice, including how to work a tough room, the science of not boring people, how to survive the attack of the butterflies, and what to do when things go wrongThe inside scoop on who earns 30,000 for a one hour lecture and whyThe worst and funniest disaster stories you ve ever heard plus countermoves you can use Filled with humorous and illuminating stories of thrilling performances and real life disasters, Confessions of a Public Speaker is inspirational, devastatingly honest, and a blast to read.


Recent Comments "Confessions of a Public Speaker"

I am an introvert,but I love giving speech presentations,in fact I look forward to it. If that sounds like a paradox, join the club of many people that assume that introverts hate speaking in public. I personally love the satisfaction of giving a well prepared speech. I make note that it has to be well prepared, otherwise I loathe giving presentations, because I fear the embarrassment. Now into my thoughts on a book, which I happen to really enjoy for the most part.First, this book was not your [...]

Below are key excerpts from the book that I found particularly insightful:1) "Most people listening to presentations around the world right now are hoping their speakers will end soon. That's all they want. They're not judging as much ass you link, because they don't care as much as you think. Knowing this helps enormously. If some disaster happens, something explodes or I trip and fall, I'll have more attention from the audience than I probably had 30 seconds before. And if I don't care that mu [...]

A surprisingly good book -- surprising because I'd never heard of author Scott Berkun before. But since I speak publicly for a living, I had to have a go. He basically takes you through principles of good public speaking in a totally narrative format, and it works. He is a great writer. I imagine also a good speaker. A couple of things I fundamentally disagree with: don't leave much, if anything, to a group vote (is it too hot in here? anyone too cold?) -- just take a stand and go with it; I don [...]

Schnelle, lustige Lektüre ohne "so werden auch Sie innerhalb von 30 Sekunden zum mit allen Wassern gewaschenen Bühnenprofi"-Gerede. Schwerpunkt "man darf und wird schreckliche Fehler machen, davon geht die Welt nicht unter".

Ако ви се налага да говорите пред хора или да преподавате, това е полезна книжка. Вътре са събрани много практически съвети и весели истории.Ако не ви се чете, ето двете най-важни неща: репетирайте и след репетициите кажете, нещо което да е полезно и забававно на хората пред в [...]

My experience with presentations is limited to technical topics which are in my comfort zone. Having to prepare for a non-technical speech, I was looking for some guidance and I got this book out of my “to read” pile. If you are starting your public speaking career or just want to do better presentations, you will benefit from reading this book. It is short, funny and provides useful practical advice. Scott Berkun’s message is very encouraging: anybody can deliver great presentations. But [...]

Nothing groundbreaking, but a very well told, digestable set of recommendations for anyone who speaks to an audience. My only minor gripe is that some of the sidetalk in this book feels very pitched to straight men. There's a few notes about "cute girls" in the audience or participants thinking about sex instead of your talk. Also, only male pronouns were used. It wasn't the end of the world but I noticed it and wanted to say something because it is a simple fix that wouldn't take anything away [...]

I read Scott Berkun's Confessions of a Public Speaker triggered by the easy-to-read/good review feeling I've got from his Myths of Innovation. Again, it was a few hours' read. What I like about this book:1. I find myself in there: "In hundreds of lectures around the world, I’ve done most of the scary, tragic, embarrassing things that terrify people. I’ve been heckled by drunken crowds in a Boston bar. I’ve lectured to empty seats, and a bored janitor, in New York City. I’ve had a laptop [...]

No matter what your profession (school teacher, professor, interviewee, best man at a wedding, etc) anyone who has to speak publically will be benefitted by this book.This is not a formal textbook on public speaking; rather it is more like a loosely formed collection of speaking tidbits (with stories) that one can use in a variety of situations.The author gives good insights into how to properly conduct a classroom or conference, especially when things aren't going according to plan regarding te [...]

I can't see you nakedI got this book on a Toastmaster recommendation. It is nice to think about speaking, as you are preparing to give speeches. He writes in an entertaining way, and I found myself laughing outloud and sharing some things (worst human fears). It helped me a bit to talk to the exchange student who was planning to present about Italy to classes (practice, practice). However, it was easily set aside for other books.If we all spoke thoughtfully and listened carefully, the world woul [...]

this review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.I've read pretty much any book I can get my hands onto about public speaking as I've recently started speaking at conferences and was expecting this one to be similar with the same trite advice as everyone else. This was not the case at all. Scott speaks regularly around the world and offered first hand knowledge and experience through out the book. He openly speaks of his flubs and what he learned from them and how the reader can learn fr [...]

I don’t believe I’ve seen Scott Berkun speak, but the reviews of this one, and it being published by O’Reilly, spoke to me, so I had to try it. I liked the sometimes irreverent take on public speaking. Berkun believes in practice, but also preparation for possible disasters. He is also big on evaluating the minds of the audience – do they care, how can I get them to care, are they hearing the message I think I am sending. I was hoping to get some pointers for speaking in a sales capacity [...]

I thought this book was a great overview of what it's like to work as a professional presenter. Unlike many other presentation books out there, Berkun doesn't mention slides or slide designat all; instead, he keeps his focus on how to connect and interact with a crowd during a presentation and how to deliver compelling content. I was gratified to see that his most-repeated piece of advice was something I've been doing for years: practice. The book is a good mix of practical advice, helpful anecd [...]

A quick read, packed with practical tips & anecdotes about how to give your presentation polish and keep it engaging. But he states right up front that the only thing that will get you through is practice, and that if you don't practice, then it doesn't matter how good your points are. The appendices were very useful: What to do if your talk sucks; What to do when things go wrong; You can't do worse than this. Experienced public speakers may not get a lot out of this, unless they suspect the [...]

A unique, somewhat rowdy look at one man's experience with public speaking. I think this book includes some good pointers but, truly, the strength is it's curious format (part personal, blog-like essays, part instruction, part confessional) and humor. "Confessions" also has the interesting distinction, for me, of being the most noticeably male voice I've read in YEARS in contemporary self-help. In this time of being careful to sprinkle as many "she's" as "he's" across one's writing, I found Berk [...]

I picked up this book as a way to ease my anxiety over public speaking and to stop myself from dry heaving the 24 hours before I'm scheduled to do so. This book, while hilarious, offered so much practical, easy to follow, easy to implement advice that I may just have to read it everytime I'm asked to speak again. The first person approach made everything he wrote more accessible, and more human and also was just the "practice what you preach" style that was needed for a book on this topic. Highl [...]

A great read for anyone who is interested in the world of public speaking. Berkun takes a light-hearted (and self-depreciating) look at the ups and downs that are inevitable when we stand up in front of others to speak. But for all the humour, there are some important nuggets of wisdom in this book of which all speakers (novice and seasoned) should be mindful. An enjoyable, worthwhile read.

Absolutely wonderful book on speaking in public. Berkun covers it all - overcoming fear, not being boring, tips and tricks, tools of the trade, and - this is the part I really loved - how to be a good teacher.Everyone interested in improving their public speaking skills should read this book. It's a pretty short read, so you can get through it quickly.

This is not only a fun read, but I'm learning lots (even though I speak all the time, and I think I'm pretty good at it!).

My confession… I didn’t want to put this book down. A sincere, funny diary. May you never have horror stories to tell that are as good as the ones in this book. :)

I must confess I'm big fan of Scott Berkun. It's the third book of his I read, although this is the first book I read, in general, about public speaking.The reason I find Scott Berkun interesting is that he is an author that comes from a technical background. He worked at Microsoft for many years, mostly in IE (from version 1 to version 4), holding a project manager role there. Then he quit and decided to become a book author. He put all the experience he gained working at Microsoft in hist firs [...]

A really good book. It’s more about what public speaking is rather than how to overcome public speaking. Scott Berkun explains what life as a public speaker is like, and also gives some tips to help make your speech or presentation better.This book is written in a narrative format and it’s easily digestible. He accommodates it with stories and makes it fun to read, so it isn’t like a textbook. I really like how he broke down what pubic speaking is on a very basic level – it’s just spea [...]

A salesperson once told me, "Your sales pitch is a performance." What people are looking to buy is the product for it's features but if you don't make your pitch interesting/entertaining, it's not going to matter what features your product has, you have lost your customer's attention.This book is about public speaking as a performance, as a performing art. Tips and pointers from a seasoned professional public speaker on what makes a good speech, how to hold your audience's attention, how to deal [...]

Genuinely funny and informative piece of work from Berkun. Managing a crowd is critical in public speaking and this book manages to bring up a lot of good points and tactics. My favourite concept - public speakers are closest to the door in case the crowd attacks them (n.1 fear).

The book delivers what it promises: a lot of confessions, and personal experiences that you can relate to, if you are a public speaker. Leaving his ego aside, and the name dropping here and there, good read overall.

I really enjoyed his passion for writing, and how he keeps me engaged to continue reading. It's true, I probably won't be a better public speaker, but I still enjoyed and connected with the ideas presented about how to convey ideas more effectively.

Practical advice in a nice and fun read. It didn't stand out, but there was some incredible advice and information in there: practice, practice, practice. A lot of good background information and he covered the overall topic really well.

Not to deep - not to serious - fast and furious.

I think it's a good book

There are a lot of great stories in this book to set your mind at ease about public speaking. Not to mention the great tips on becoming a better speaker.


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