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For over 45 years, McKinsey & Company's Gene Zelazny has been showing McKinsey consultants and professionals around the world how to plan, design, and deliver effective business presentations_and how to improve and expand their repertoire of presentation skills. Now in this revised and expanded edition of Say It With Presentations, Mr. Zelazny brings together his years of v For over 45 years, McKinsey & Company's Gene Zelazny has been showing McKinsey consultants and professionals around the world how to plan, design, and deliver effective business presentations_and how to improve and expand their repertoire of presentation skills. Now in this revised and expanded edition of Say It With Presentations, Mr. Zelazny brings together his years of valuable communication experience to show managers_even those with little or no presentation experience_how to prepare winning presentations using his proven methodology and the full range of PowerPoint techniques. Written in a clear, highly engaging style, this essential business tool covers everything from defining the situation...to developing the right mix of visual aids to interest your audience without overpowering them. Say It With Presentations features a wealth of practical information on: Selecting the best medium_traditional standup presentation, discussion meeting, video conference, or virtual presentation Designing your presentation_knowing what to put in and what to leave out Determining your message_how to make it clear, direct, and appropriate for the intended audience Writing the presentation_crafting the most effective story line, introduction, and ending Making the most of visuals_including computer-driven onscreen presentations with animation, scanned images, sound, video, and links Creating charts, text visuals, and storyboards_to produce the most attractive and convincing presentation Projecting confidence, conviction, and enthusiasm_to hold audience attention and generate interest in your ideas Rehearsing the presentation_to search out imperfections and make the event as compelling as possible Setting up facilities and equipment_to ensure that everything is working smoothly and geared for a first-rate presentation Applying your delivery skills_putting together all the oral, video, and audio effects and delivering them at the right pace Getting used to answering questions_by preparing for and anticipating post-presentation queries from the audience Filled with scores of helpful illustrations, this wide-ranging sourcebook also explains how to take humor seriously and incorporate it into a presentation...and how to use the "Audience Bill of Rights" to focus clearly on the needs of the audience. Comprehensive and completely up to date, the new edition of Say It With Presentations contains all the skills-building information, methods, tips, and pointers that business professionals need to win over clients and reap greater financial rewards.


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For over 45 years, McKinsey & Company's Gene Zelazny has been showing McKinsey consultants and professionals around the world how to plan, design, and deliver effective business presentations_and how to improve and expand their repertoire of presentation skills. Now in this revised and expanded edition of Say It With Presentations, Mr. Zelazny brings together his years of v For over 45 years, McKinsey & Company's Gene Zelazny has been showing McKinsey consultants and professionals around the world how to plan, design, and deliver effective business presentations_and how to improve and expand their repertoire of presentation skills. Now in this revised and expanded edition of Say It With Presentations, Mr. Zelazny brings together his years of valuable communication experience to show managers_even those with little or no presentation experience_how to prepare winning presentations using his proven methodology and the full range of PowerPoint techniques. Written in a clear, highly engaging style, this essential business tool covers everything from defining the situation...to developing the right mix of visual aids to interest your audience without overpowering them. Say It With Presentations features a wealth of practical information on: Selecting the best medium_traditional standup presentation, discussion meeting, video conference, or virtual presentation Designing your presentation_knowing what to put in and what to leave out Determining your message_how to make it clear, direct, and appropriate for the intended audience Writing the presentation_crafting the most effective story line, introduction, and ending Making the most of visuals_including computer-driven onscreen presentations with animation, scanned images, sound, video, and links Creating charts, text visuals, and storyboards_to produce the most attractive and convincing presentation Projecting confidence, conviction, and enthusiasm_to hold audience attention and generate interest in your ideas Rehearsing the presentation_to search out imperfections and make the event as compelling as possible Setting up facilities and equipment_to ensure that everything is working smoothly and geared for a first-rate presentation Applying your delivery skills_putting together all the oral, video, and audio effects and delivering them at the right pace Getting used to answering questions_by preparing for and anticipating post-presentation queries from the audience Filled with scores of helpful illustrations, this wide-ranging sourcebook also explains how to take humor seriously and incorporate it into a presentation...and how to use the "Audience Bill of Rights" to focus clearly on the needs of the audience. Comprehensive and completely up to date, the new edition of Say It With Presentations contains all the skills-building information, methods, tips, and pointers that business professionals need to win over clients and reap greater financial rewards.

30 review for Say It with Presentations: How to Design and Deliver Successful Business Presentations

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Badghaish

    Good tips & information about the presentations. Although, in some points you can see that the writer is just being funny, or providing unnecessary comments or details.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jan Spörer

    My key take-aways: -Endings should consist of: Summary, recommendation, action program/implementation proposal, ask for commitment, next steps/agreements that were made during the presentation. (pp. 56-57) -Introductions should have four parts: Purpose, importance, preview, transition (last is mostly verbal). (p 104) -Checklist: (pp. 156-160) --1: Define the situation: Specify objective, analyze the audience, define scope, select medium --2: Design the presentation: Determine message, craft storyline My key take-aways: -Endings should consist of: Summary, recommendation, action program/implementation proposal, ask for commitment, next steps/agreements that were made during the presentation. (pp. 56-57) -Introductions should have four parts: Purpose, importance, preview, transition (last is mostly verbal). (p 104) -Checklist: (pp. 156-160) --1: Define the situation: Specify objective, analyze the audience, define scope, select medium --2: Design the presentation: Determine message, craft storyline, build the storyboard, produce visuals and handouts --3: Deliver the presentation:

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ani

    put this and say it with charts on your shelf, and you can pretend to be a management consultant.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rongkai Sha

    A powerful powerful book that opens a gate for what it meant to give a presentation. A lot of useful instructions. The principles are not outdated at all in 2020. Very useful for cultivating a good mental representation about what a good presentation is. It also provides many exercises for practice.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Asya

    This book was fine. I think it had a really good structure on how to plan, prepare, and deliver a good presentation. Some of the references are a bit dated, which gave a few chuckles as I was reading. This book is a great place to start if you are new to presentations.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Mullan

    Solid information about presenting.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Oxana Udodova

    Правильная книжка, без воды и по делу.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vlad Kharitonov

    Outdated. Lots of water and irrelevant content.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    It is a good book about general presentation techniques. But it is outdated, because it was a little bit confusing to read the author's recomendations to use a light projector. But the rest of the book has plenty of good advices. It is a good book about general presentation techniques. But it is outdated, because it was a little bit confusing to read the author's recomendations to use a light projector. But the rest of the book has plenty of good advices.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Maya Dellor

    Mostly really obvious stuff but sometimes I forget it and it's helpful to reference this book. Some of the tips seem outlandish but I guess if you want to make a statement you can use the more extreme suggestions in this book. Mostly really obvious stuff but sometimes I forget it and it's helpful to reference this book. Some of the tips seem outlandish but I guess if you want to make a statement you can use the more extreme suggestions in this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Grant

    This is a little dated at this point, but the actual meat of the book still applies. If you need to give a presentation, this is a good book to use. I'm using it as a teaching device for corporate presentations. This is a little dated at this point, but the actual meat of the book still applies. If you need to give a presentation, this is a good book to use. I'm using it as a teaching device for corporate presentations.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Useful but doesn't go too much beneath some good common sense advice Useful but doesn't go too much beneath some good common sense advice

  13. 4 out of 5

    Theut

    Da 5* per i contenuti, una pietra miliare.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Che

    Very instrumental!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alexandro Mireles Boeneker

  16. 4 out of 5

    sandra r scott

  17. 4 out of 5

    Phuong Hoa

  18. 5 out of 5

    FAITHLEE

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kerr Manson

  20. 4 out of 5

    Daisy Kudre

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sayed Musaddiq

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jorge Pérez Colín

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jvl_001

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ben Smith

  26. 5 out of 5

    MARIA URIBE

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amit Desai

  28. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bobby

  30. 4 out of 5

    Priyadarshi

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