Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Book recommendation: Boring to Bravo
I highly recommend Boring to Bravo: Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve, and Inspire Your Audience to Action, by Kristin Arnold
I have recommended other presentation books in the past, so why do I recommend you study this one? The main reason: the focus on interacting with and engaging your audience. This is an essential skill for presenters and teachers today. Presentations which change minds and lives must be engaging.
Kristin Arnold is a good writer, so you'll enjoy the reading time.
I particularly appreciate her comments about the mindset you need to cultivate in order to engage an audience. The book is written more for professional speakers and trainers, but you'll find most of it applies for small group presentations and teaching times.
If you want to be selective in reading this book, study the chapters on stories, use of humor, illustrationss, interacting with Q&A, and calling for decision/action.
Boring to Bravo delivers the promise implicit in the title. Get it.