Summary of Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever

Break the Rules, Make Mistakes, and Win Them Over

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Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever book summary
To be the best presenter, just be yourself.


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A former improvisational comedian who has been on the stage since age five, Karen Hough has helped more than 1,000 professionals become better presenters. She offers accessible, hilarious lessons showing you how to use proven improv techniques to become a powerful public speaker. Her message is simple: Be yourself. Hough’s presentation ideas are mostly practical and to the point. You may disagree with her advice not to practice in front of a mirror – because, she says, “it gives no feedback” – but you’ll find most of her counsel fun and useful. getAbstract recommends Hough’s witty, real-world advice to anyone who must stand up in front of a room full of people and start talking.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What traditional rules dictate about how to give a presentation
  • Why you should break those rules
  • Why being your genuine, flawed self is the way to give the most effective presentations


Ignore the Rules
To become a great presenter, forget everything you’ve been told about public speaking. Don’t mimic distinguished orators or popular entertainers. Stay away from the speaking classes with all their confusing do’s and don’ts. Ignore any rules about public speaking. These...
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About the Author

Karen Hough, a graduate of Yale and the Sorbonne and CEO of ImprovEdge, trained with Chicago’s Second City and performed in more than 100 live and filmed productions.

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    Trevor Shelton 2 years ago
    The presenting approach and strategies make sense.
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    Daniel Viveiros 2 years ago
    It seems to be a great book. Insightful summary.
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    Boris Vasilev 2 years ago
    sounds interesting.
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    Guest 2 years ago
    Good book.

    To be recommended.
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    Byron Jervis 2 years ago
    Definite a book for the person with a open mind! I will be buying the book asap

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