Synopses & Reviews
In this new paperback edition of the classic bestseller, you'll be taken on a hilarious, fast-paced ride through the history of ideas. Author Scott Berkun will show you how to transcend the false stories that many business experts, scientists, and much of pop culture foolishly use to guide their thinking about how ideas change the world. With four new chapters on putting the ideas in the book to work, updated references and over 50 corrections and improvements, now is the time to get past the myths, and change the world.
You'll have fun while you learn:
- Where ideas come from
- The true history of history
- Why most people don't like ideas
- How great managers make ideas thrive
- The importance of problem finding
- The simple plan (new for paperback)
Since its initial publication, this classic bestseller has been discussed on NPR, MSNBC, CNBC, and at Yale University, MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, Microsoft, Apple, Intel, Google, Amazon.com, and other major media, corporations, and universities around the world. It has changed the way thousands of leaders and creators understand the world. Now in an updated and expanded paperback edition, it's a fantastic time to explore or rediscover this powerful view of the world of ideas.
"Sets us free to try and change the world." --Guy Kawasaki, Author of Art of The Start
"Small, simple, powerful: an innovative book about innovation." --Don Norman, author of Design of Everyday Things
"Insightful, inspiring, evocative, and just plain fun to read. It's totally great." --John Seely Brown, Former Director, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)
"Methodically and entertainingly dismantling the cliches that surround the process of innovation." --Scott Rosenberg, author of Dreaming in Code; cofounder of Salon.com
"Will inspire you to come up with breakthrough ideas of your own." --Alan Cooper, Father of Visual Basic and author of The Inmates are Running the Asylum
"Brimming with insights and historical examples, Berkun's book not only debunks widely held myths about innovation, it also points the ways toward making your new ideas stick." --Tom Kelley, GM, IDEO; author of The Ten Faces of Innovation
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 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.
- Berkun's hard-won and simple philosophy, culled from years of lectures, teaching courses, and hours of appearances on NPR, MSNBC, and CNBC
- Practical 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 wrong
- The inside scoop on who earns $30,000 for a one-hour lecture and why
- The 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.
With lessons for teachers, speakers, and anyone who opens their mouth and expects someone to listen, this book provides a world of insight, straight from a master of the trade. In this funny and provocative collection of behind-the-scenes tales from life in the public speaking trade, bestselling business author and speaker Scott Berkun romps through embarrassments and triumphs in front of crowds of all sizes, revealing a unique insider's take on what public speakers do, how they do it, and how anyone can do it well.
About the Author
Scott Berkun was a manager at Microsoft from 1994-2003, on projects including v1-5 (not 6) of Internet Explorer. He is the author of three bestselling books, Making Things Happen, The Myths of Innovation and Confessions of a Public Speaker. He works full time as a writer and speaker, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes magazine, The Economist, The Washington Post, Wired magazine, National Public Radio and other media. He regularly contributes to Harvard Business and BusinessWeek, has taught creative thinking at the University of Washington, and has appeared as an innovation and management expert on MSNBC and on CNBC. He writes frequently on innovation and creative thinking at his surprisingly popular blog: scottberkun.com and tweets at @berkun.
His ambition in life is to fill the above bookshelf, which is by his writing desk, with books he has written. If he were smarter, hed have picked a smaller shelf.
Hes based in Seattle, WA, but speaks often all around the world speaking about creativity and other topics hes written about. If youd like to hire him to speak at an event, head over here: www.scottberkun.com. You can watch videos of him in action and get in touch.'
Table of Contents
'Disclaimer; Chapter 1: I cant see you naked; Chapter 2: The attack of the butterflies; 2.1 What to do before you speak; Chapter 3: $30,000 an hour; Chapter 4: How to work a tough room; Chapter 5: Do not eat the microphone; 5.1 Photos you dont expect to see; Chapter 6: The science of not boring people; 6.1 Set the pace; 6.2 Direct the attention (What am I looking at and why?”); 6.3 Play the part: youre the star; 6.4 Know what happens next; 6.5 Tension and release; 6.6 Get the audience involved; 6.7 You are judge, jury, and executioner; 6.8 Always end early; Chapter 7: Lessons from my 15 minutes of fame; 7.1 We perform all the time; 7.2 Teleprompters (and memorization) are evil; Chapter 8: The things people say; 8.1 The sneaky lessons of Dr. Fox; 8.2 Why most speaker evaluations are useless; 8.3 The speaker must match the audience; 8.4 Expert feedback you can get right now; Chapter 9: The clutch is your friend; 9.1 Why teaching is almost impossible; 9.2 How to teach anyone anything; Chapter 10: Confessions; 10.1 Backstage notes; The little things pros do; The confidence monitor; The countdown timer; The remote control; Give stuff away to fill the front row; Hide your microphone (and wear a collar); We dont need no stinking badges; Lectern vs. podium; Work the camera; How to make a point; Being silent makes your points; What to do if your talk sucks; Why your talk might suck; Medium list of little things; What to do when things go wrong; Youre being heckled; Everyone is staring at their laptops; Your time slot gets cut from 45 minutes to 10; Everyone in the room hates you; One guy wont stop asking questions; There is a rambling question that makes no sense and takes three minutes to ask; You are asked an impossible question; The microphone breaks; Your laptop explodes; There is a typo on your slide (nooooo!); Youre late for your own talk; You feel sick; Youre running out of time; You left your slide deck at home; Your hosts are control freaks; You have a wardrobe malfunction; There are only five people in the audience; What to do if your situation is not here; You cant do worse than this; Does anyone speak Georgian?; What to do when the SWAT team comes; A funny thing happened on my way to the stage; Death by lecture; CEO demo gone wrong; Do not set anything on fire; No one likes surprise porn; I see sleeping people; At worst we will shoot you; Dont blame the trains; You work where?; Watch your slides; Why you dont want to be up against Bono; You will never speak of this to anyone; Watch where you sit; Please make a new talk and give it five minutes from now; Check your mirror; Waterproofing cannot save you; Why you should not lecture in bars; Research and recommendations; Annotated bibliography; Studying comedians; Ranked bibliography; Other research sources; How to help this book: a request; Acknowledgments; Photo credits; ; Colophon;\n