Summary of Life Is a Series of Presentations

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Life Is a Series of Presentations book summary


9 Overall

10 Applicability

6 Innovation

9 Style


The book jacket bills author Tony Jeary as "coach to America’s top CEOs." It doesn’t identify them, but the author clearly has a certain bold presentational style, and stressing his identity as a expert coach could be both a strategic and an educational tactic. The book’s content is evergreen, a mixture of hortatory slogans and amusing anecdotes, all designed to make you a better presenter - whether your audience is one listener or an auditorium full of people. The author’s advice is, for the most part, solid, detailed, practical and conservative. Don’t be too put off by a few dated examples (Bill Clinton and Gary Condit) and if you’re pressed for time just read the handy lists of "very important points" that close each chapter. getAbstract assures you that you can’t waste time reading this book. It’s that useful.

In this summary, you will learn

  • A great deal about how to make a good impression;
  • How to present your ideas persuasively; and
  • How to win allies and influence prospects.

About the Authors

Tony Jeary teaches CEOs and other executives how to be more effective communicators. His company, Tony Jeary High Performance Resources, has worked with more than 500 organizations in 35 countries. Kim Dower worked in book publishing for more than 20 years and has advised more than 1,000 authors and celebrities. J.E. Fishman has 15 years experience in book publishing.



The Nature of Presentation

Every human interaction is a presentation. Each time you talk to someone, you’re presenting yourself, pushing your image, trying to make that person see you in a certain way, trying to persuade that person to see things the way you want them seen. Clearly, mastering the art of presentation is indispensable, especially for people in positions of leadership who must persuade and direct people. As you conquer presentation skills, you will learn how to instill in people the desire to go where you direct them. There is truth in the old saw, "It’s not what you say but the way you say it." The way you present something can have enormous consequences. Just regard presentation as an ability you can learn.

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