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  • By Ken Rider on June 23, 2013

    The backstory for this review is that I bought this book about 10 yrs ago and found that, as someone who was just starting to do public speaking, it was a bit too advanced for me. Recently, I picked it back up off the shelf and read through it again. The difference this time is that I have a decade of experience giving occasional talks and facilitating. Am still not a pro but know more about what I'm good and not so good at as a speaker. As a result, I got a lot more out of the book now that I have some more knowledge and experience to connect it to, versus when I was totally green.PROS: The text is well written and easy to follow, with lots of useful tips. Found myself marking it up as I went through, just to be able to find key points later. It's also helpful that the book takes you through all stages of public speaking, from creating different kinds of talks, to practicing them, to delivering them. The soup-to-nuts treatment makes sense, because without the skills/tools to write a decent talk, it's hard to rock out later, in front of an audience. And you don't have to know anything about acting to get a lot from the book. The authors share a number of tips that actors use, in the hopes that at least a few of these will help us too. For example, I found the tips relating to improv theater especially helpful in loosening up and allowing myself to be less scripted, when appropriate. The book offers a nice menu of options to try out.CONS: Am guessing that the unfortunately long title of this book hasn't been the best for its marketing. It's soooo long it actually gets cut off by Amazon (the full title is "Taking Center Stage: Masterful Public Speaking Using Acting Skills You Never New Your Had"). Yikes! But don't be put off...the content is what counts. Of course, not every tip in the book will appeal to every reader. For example, I found some of the practice/rehearsal exercises were a bit too involved for me. Other some folks may love can pick and choose what to take and what to leave. The only other caveat I'll mention again is that if you're very new to public speaking, this book may not be the best place to start. Find something a bit more basic. But once you have a little more experience under your belt, there's a lot hear to help you get even better.

  • By Shahyar Mahabadi on May 23, 2015

    An excellent book written by two first class public speakers and actors. This book, is written in such a way that can help people at any level. The element and philosophy of acting, described in this book, provides a method in which the speaker can maximize, the effect and the power of the material he or she needs to deliver. I am buying more copies for my friends and family as a gift and a great source, in case they need to deliver a speech.

  • By Mediaman on March 19, 2015

    Okay book that contains little that's original. It's mostly geared toward young student actors, using acting tips to help with public speaking. Some decent assembled quotes and summaries, but most chapters are too short and lack depth.

  • By Chris S on November 14, 2016

    great book teaching how to more effectively communicate your ideas

  • By Lydia on November 19, 2013

    A wonderful, accessible, guide to help in all communications from presentations to meetings to toasts! I use the skills in this book in all my interactions.

  • By will on December 21, 2010

    This book is not available directly from Amazon anymore, and that's a shame. Knowing nothing about the book other than its appearance on a search list, I checked it out of my local library and immediately recognized it as a gem. The exercises and insights helped me prepare for a series of lectures. Although I have considerable public speaking experience, I've always suspected my deliveries come across as stiff and impersonal. This book gave me many ideas for how to spice up my act, as well as rehearsal techniques designed to make them feel natural. I highly recommend this text to anyone who feels his or her presentation skills need enlivening.

  • By N. Buckner on November 1, 2010

    Great book! After reading it, I was able to really focus on the moment and how to effectively taylor my body language to fit my verbal skills in order to deliver the right message.

  • By Susan G. Dunn on September 21, 2001

    "It's a simple fact that all of us use the techniques of acting to achieve whatever ends we seek, whether it is a child pouting for ice cream or a bawling politician bent on stirring the hearts and pocketbooks of potential constituents." -- Marlon Brando. Applying the techniques of acting to the business world makes for better public speakers is the thesis of this book and it's a good one. I'm a coach and have done a lot of public speaking, and this book pointed out many ways I could improve my presentation. I also coach other people about public speaking, and I'll be recommending this book to them.Rehearsing well ahead of time, they recommend, so that you aren't 'rehearsing nervousness' which is what will happen if you go on stage unrehearsed each time. Good point!The parts I really enjoyed were their treatments of the kind of phoniness you sometimes feel. They point out that there's nothing phony about real acting -- it's not cheap theatrics. A real actor finds the truth in the situation and brings many different aspects of himself to his role and lives it as honestly as he can within the fictional parameters of the play. "A good speaker does the same within the parameters of the speech.""Play the full range," they say. "Every human being possesses all 88 keys on the piano, but most of us restrict our melodies to the middle octave." This book will show you how to play all over the keyboard! It's great!

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