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Feeling stressed about your upcoming presentation? Whether you’re nervous about how you’ll organize your thoughts or how you’ll articulate them on the big day, Presentations provides the quick guidelines and expert tips you need to: • Craft your message • Prepare and rehearse effectively • Engage your audience • Manage Q&A sessions Don't have much time? Get up to speed fast Feeling stressed about your upcoming presentation? Whether you’re nervous about how you’ll organize your thoughts or how you’ll articulate them on the big day, Presentations provides the quick guidelines and expert tips you need to: • Craft your message • Prepare and rehearse effectively • Engage your audience • Manage Q&A sessions Don't have much time? Get up to speed fast on the most essential business skills with HBR's 20-Minute Manager series. Whether you need a crash course or a brief refresher, each book in the series is a concise, practical primer that will help you brush up on a key management topic. Advice you can quickly read and apply, for ambitious professionals and aspiring executives—from the most trusted source in business. Also available as an ebook.


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Feeling stressed about your upcoming presentation? Whether you’re nervous about how you’ll organize your thoughts or how you’ll articulate them on the big day, Presentations provides the quick guidelines and expert tips you need to: • Craft your message • Prepare and rehearse effectively • Engage your audience • Manage Q&A sessions Don't have much time? Get up to speed fast Feeling stressed about your upcoming presentation? Whether you’re nervous about how you’ll organize your thoughts or how you’ll articulate them on the big day, Presentations provides the quick guidelines and expert tips you need to: • Craft your message • Prepare and rehearse effectively • Engage your audience • Manage Q&A sessions Don't have much time? Get up to speed fast on the most essential business skills with HBR's 20-Minute Manager series. Whether you need a crash course or a brief refresher, each book in the series is a concise, practical primer that will help you brush up on a key management topic. Advice you can quickly read and apply, for ambitious professionals and aspiring executives—from the most trusted source in business. Also available as an ebook.

30 review for Presentations (HBR 20-Minute Manager Series)

  1. 4 out of 5

    miakowsky

    Bəlkə də ilk dəfə təqdimat edəcək biri üçün çox yararlı kitab ola bilər, amma artıq uzun müddətdir işin içindəsizsə yenilik görməyəcəksiz. Ən azından öz adımdan onu rahatlıqla deyə bilərəm ki, bilmədiyim heç nə ilə rastlaşmadım. Ümumilikdə belə tərz kitabları elə də sevmirəm, sadəcə Harvard Business School Press olduğu üçün gözləntilərim daha yüksək idi.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Archit

    A way too simplistic book on "improving" your presentation skills. It just lacks depth. It's in one's best interest to skip it & read some other authoritative book in this genre. Key points: • Define your goal i.e. why are you giving a presentation • Explaining new data. • Soliciting ideas or feedback to build consensus. • Asking people to take action. • Seeking help solving a problem. • Getting buy-in on an initiative. • Know your audience: o Size o What roles do they have in the organization & to whom a A way too simplistic book on "improving" your presentation skills. It just lacks depth. It's in one's best interest to skip it & read some other authoritative book in this genre. Key points: • Define your goal i.e. why are you giving a presentation • Explaining new data. • Soliciting ideas or feedback to build consensus. • Asking people to take action. • Seeking help solving a problem. • Getting buy-in on an initiative. • Know your audience: o Size o What roles do they have in the organization & to whom are they accountable o What do they already know? What do you want them to know o Will some attendees’ goals conflict with the others? If so, acknowledge that upfront and offer to help • Have a core message • An effective statement of the need or problem: • Spells out the main challenge you want to address with the audience’s help. • Shows how that issue directly affects the audience. • Has a sense of urgency. • Empty questions aimed at the whole sweep of the room—“Is everybody following?”—generally don’t work. Most polite people will simply nod. Instead, directly address individuals: “Does that seem like the biggest problem with customer satisfaction, Maria, given your front-line perspective?” • Call to action A good wrap-up has a strong call to action. These are the key ingredients: • Reiterate the challenge and your solution. • Recommend specific action. • Obtain commitment or buy-in. • Agree on assignments if appropriate. • Explain what you’ll be doing to follow up after the presentation. • Keep your audience engaged • Change what you’re doing—pause, for example, or alter your tone of voice. • Survey the audience: “Just out of curiosity, how many of you believe that our customers are satisfi ed with our current returns policy? Let’s see a show of hands.” • Add humor if appropriate. Audience members welcome a little comic relief. • Provide analogies and vivid examples. • Introduce personal stories. • Keep returning to how your message affects the audience: “Here’s what that last point means for you and your team.” • Debrief your presentation You may discover small glitches, such as a slide that could not be read from the back of the room, or bigger ones, like a missing step in a process you outlined. Make a list of those fl aws as soon as possible— no more than an hour or two after your presentation ends, if that’s feasible. Incorporate the changes into your slides and other master fi les within a few days. Trying to reconstruct and correct the problems weeks or months later almost always yields worse results, if you remember to fi x the mistakes at all. • Follow up with the audience • Sending thank-you notes to key attendees. • E-mailing the entire audience to briefl y reinforce your takeaway message and to get your address in their in-boxes. • Making yourself available for questions that occur to people after the presentation. • Booking “next steps” meetings to ensure that your implementation plan proceeds effi ciently. • Giving the same or a similar presentation to another group that needs to hear your message.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dhruv Sharma

    A memory refreshing book as many things you already know about presentations. The book gives an outline form of all considerations for getting ready, doing the presentation and the follow-up with the audience at the end. The major topics covered are, to define your goal, know your audience, craft your message, identify your resources, plan your visuals, practice your delivery, deliver your presentation, manage responses, debrief your presentation and follow-up with the audience. Approaching a pre A memory refreshing book as many things you already know about presentations. The book gives an outline form of all considerations for getting ready, doing the presentation and the follow-up with the audience at the end. The major topics covered are, to define your goal, know your audience, craft your message, identify your resources, plan your visuals, practice your delivery, deliver your presentation, manage responses, debrief your presentation and follow-up with the audience. Approaching a presentation with logical steps makes it easier to stay on topic and give a presentation that is meaningful to the audience.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Candace

    Really short read. There's not much depth to it at all. For instance, there's one paragraph on analyzing your presentation. This is a starting off point, but definitely not worthwhile if you are really looking to perfect your presenting skills.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mark Stapel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Audible, added to Notes

  6. 4 out of 5

    Eliot

    Very basic. Really more of a blog post than a book but it is what the title suggests.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rohit Raj

    Very small book but practical suggestions for presentations

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dave Corun

    Nice short guide

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gregory Dhondt

    A good, concise and practical guide for professional looking to enhance their presentation skills. Very accessible with a good overview on how to sharpen your core message and engage with your audience.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jerzy

    The usual advice. Plan out carefully: What is your broad goal? What specific outcomes do you want? Who is the audience, and how should you tailor message to them? Don't forget to scope out the venue and practice using the equipment well before the talk. Have a plan of what to cut out in case of delays or if you run out of time (rather than rushing everything "to get through it all"). During Q&A, repeat each question out loud for the rest of the group to hear. [Not from this book, but notes-to-self on The usual advice. Plan out carefully: What is your broad goal? What specific outcomes do you want? Who is the audience, and how should you tailor message to them? Don't forget to scope out the venue and practice using the equipment well before the talk. Have a plan of what to cut out in case of delays or if you run out of time (rather than rushing everything "to get through it all"). During Q&A, repeat each question out loud for the rest of the group to hear. [Not from this book, but notes-to-self on other presentation tips: * Lillian Lee: "Your goal is not to convince people that you are brilliant, but that your solution is trivial"---which implies they agree your solution is correct. * Cosma Shalizi: Don't give the gory details of your paper / proof, but an abstract / trailer to convince them to read your paper. Why should they care about the problem and your solution? * Kathy Sierra: "Open with a question they would very much like an answer for. That's it. Pose a question."]

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    A couple of times per year I am asked to be a presenter at the two local county wide mini-conferences. The Presentations book in the 20-Minute Manager Series gives an outline form of all considerations for getting ready, doing the presentation and the follow-up with the audience at the end. The major topics covered are, to define your goal, know your audience, craft your message, identify your resources, plan your visuals, practice your delivery, deliver your presentation, manage responses, debr A couple of times per year I am asked to be a presenter at the two local county wide mini-conferences. The Presentations book in the 20-Minute Manager Series gives an outline form of all considerations for getting ready, doing the presentation and the follow-up with the audience at the end. The major topics covered are, to define your goal, know your audience, craft your message, identify your resources, plan your visuals, practice your delivery, deliver your presentation, manage responses, debrief your presentation and follow-up with the audience. Approaching a presentation with logical steps will make it easier to stay on topic and give a presentation that is meaningful to the audience. Presentations, 20-Minute Manager Series is a handy reference to make a person a better, more organized presenter. My thanks to Harvard Business Law Press & Goodreads First Reads Giveaway for my copy of Presentations.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Roger Royer

    As a quick read manual for giving presentations I consider it a good idea to read this book and look at some of the reference materials it suggests at the end. It is a very good how to book on creating a good and successful presentation for any sized group of people ranging from five to five hundred and more if you have the means. I hope the entire series of these books is as good as this one is and I wish I had more of them. I will keep this one for reference if I need it later on myself or if As a quick read manual for giving presentations I consider it a good idea to read this book and look at some of the reference materials it suggests at the end. It is a very good how to book on creating a good and successful presentation for any sized group of people ranging from five to five hundred and more if you have the means. I hope the entire series of these books is as good as this one is and I wish I had more of them. I will keep this one for reference if I need it later on myself or if someone I know may find it useful. Overall a good book but a bit short on the more tactful end of what needs to be used and the how it needs to be used.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Thank you. I just won this book in a first reads giveaway. I will read and comment once I get the book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bimal Patel

    Nice refresher course on giving good presentations. Quick read. Definitely recommend it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Surya Teja

    Clear idea of what to include and how to prepare for a presentation is given

  16. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Romain

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    Ward Johnson

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Feeney

  19. 4 out of 5

    Miguel Angel González Alvarado

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  21. 4 out of 5

    Lorie

  22. 4 out of 5

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  23. 5 out of 5

    Atul Tiwari

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sona Geoffrey

  25. 5 out of 5

    Aditya Sikaria

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    Leslie S.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sara Laumann

  28. 5 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

    Kaushik Borah

  30. 4 out of 5

    Narendra Devireddy

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