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I Can See You Naked: A Fearless Guide to Making Great Presentations

Book Description

“America’s best book on making presentations strikes again.” –Don E. Shultz, Northwestern University

The smart, witty, nationally bestselling guide to public speaking. “If you get nervous, just picture everyone in the audience naked.” We've all heard this piece of advice on public speaking before. But what about “Keep the ball alive!” or “Be a bit of Springsteen”? There’s more to being a great speaker than removing your audience’s clothes, and Ron Hoff’s I CAN SEE YOU NAKED goes beyond the basics to cleverly and insightfully demonstrate what an effective and engrossing presentation should look like. Hoff packs his book with funny and functional advice on how to overcome stage-fright and deliver the best possible speech for every occasion. I CAN SEE YOU NAKED will have you confidently facing a waiting audience—and, naked or not, they’ll be hanging on your every word.  

Table of Contents

  1. “I Can See You Naked”
  2. Copyright
  3. Contents
  4. Prologue
  5. PART ONE: “What is a presentation? What am I getting myself into?”
    1. 1. What is a presentation? It sounds like something you do in costume.
    2. 2. “I need you. You need me.”
    3. 3. Escaping the script. Discovering the memory map.
    4. 4. Have you got what it takes to be a superb presenter? A twenty-eight-point checklist.
  6. PART TWO: The first ninety seconds: They’re absolutely crucial.
    1. 5. Stand or sit? What’s a presenter to do?
    2. 6. How to “warm up” an audience without a Catskills comic or a Big Ten cheerleader.
    3. 7. Some little questions that can make a big difference in the first ninety seconds.
    4. 8. “Who’s going to be Stanley Kubrick?”
  7. PART THREE: Nervousness. How to tame the fear that’s in us all.
    1. 9. How to get the best out of nervousness—and control the rest.
    2. 10. Sometimes, the best offense is to let your guard down.
    3. 11. “Hands never seem to be much of a problem until…”
    4. 12. The world’s smallest secret—for presenters who like to stay in touch.
    5. 13. The night before: How to get psychologically prepared.
  8. PART FOUR: “I’m so boring I even bore myself!” How to get out of the gray.
    1. 14. What TV has taught us, but most presenters ignore.
    2. 15. “Podiums are poison. Lecterns are lethal.”
    3. 16. “There’s nothing more boring than something that never moves.”
    4. 17. How do you create excitement if you’re not Madonna, Prince, or Zig Ziglar?
    5. 18. They call it “chemistry.”
    6. 19. “Great props don’t have to be proper.”
    7. 20. Participation: powerful, but explosive.
    8. 21. Humor: It’s low tech on a high wire.
    9. 22. “I’m speaking to what I see in your eyes.”
    10. 23. Spend a day with your voice.
    11. 24. “Rapture of the deep” can steal defeat from the jaws of victory.
    12. 25. A true story about Valium
    13. 26. How to make a speech in a strange hotel.
    14. 27. The Electronic Presenter
    15. 28. Are you Red, Blue, or Gray? (How to find yourself in the presentation spectrum.)
    16. 29. How to pull yourself out of the Gray Zone.
    17. 30. Are you the presenter you think you are? (A self-analysis to help you find out.)
  9. PART FIVE: Understanding the audience. How to get inside their heads.
    1. 31. How to become one with your audience—with a little help from Jackie Mason.
    2. 32. A simple structure for your next presentation. It’s “All About Them.”
    3. 33. What to wear to a winning presentation (when you’re the presenter).
    4. 34. Palaver: Is it helpful, harmful, or just hot air?
    5. 35. The audience is much older—or much younger—than you. Either way, the Age Gap can be trouble.
    6. 36. What audiences know (without being told).
    7. 37. Questions that often float through the minds of audiences.
    8. 38. “Who wants to get hit by a truck?”
    9. 39. The Man in the Box
    10. 40. The audience needs a break—but when?
    11. 41. How to eliminate audiences and start reading faces.
    12. 42. Body Language: It can sound an alarm without making a sound.
    13. 43. “If you don’t give me a list…” (Audiences just love “do” lists.)
    14. 44. Nerve Endings. (Insensitivity can overpower any subject.)
    15. 45. Test your mettle as a presenter.
    16. 46. “Hold that temper!”
    17. 47. “Hey—you’ve drawn a crowd!”
    18. 48. Your best chance to work a miracle.
    19. 49. Ten points to pin to the wall before your next one-on-one.
    20. 50. A guide to “relationships”—the hot new word in making presentations.
    21. 51. “The Deadly Game”—competitive presentations and how to win them.
  10. PART SIX: How to deal with questions
    1. 52. What “no questions” really means.
    2. 53. Questions that top executives like to ask—and some suggestions that may save the day.
    3. 54. The “short form” list for answering questions.
    4. 55. How to handle questions that are really suggestions.
    5. 56. Never incur the wrath of a talky crusader.
  11. PART SEVEN: Learning from those who cast a spell and stay with us forever.
    1. 57. The most electrifying presentation I have ever seen.
    2. 58. “Tell me about you.” The dynamics of Donahue.
    3. 59. Cats and circuses and stone-cold meeting rooms.
  12. PART EIGHT: Afterwards—Some things to think about that will make your next presentation even better.
    1. 60. The art of compassionate criticism
    2. 61. Good news: You’ll never get a bad evaluation.
    3. 62. Compliments, countercompliments, and presentation diaries.
    4. 63. “Here’s looking at you, kid!”—on viewing your first videotape
    5. 64. “The next step is…”
  13. Epilogue
  14. Suggested Reading
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