Michael Davis – Sell More With Stories

sell more with storiesThese 48 pages of Sell More With Stories – How to Create Interest in 60 Seconds is the first in the Sell More With Stories book series to inspire sales staff and commercial talents to use personal, relatable stories to create an interest in their products and services. The Storytelling MD, Michael Davis, reveals the background story, and a template to construct your own. He claims to get significantly more sales completion using his approach. In the series the fictional Nicole, a frustrated financial advisor functions as the primary character in a parable story. You’ll learn how she changes her ways of thinking and adopts the Sell More WSith Stories concept.

It’s not meant to close business in five minutes. Nowadays, prospective clients have more information available than ever before, so they’re well-informed about what you sell. Global competition demands ever-increasing sales numbers that don’t allow time for ‘relationship building’. Davis provides his method of quickly communicating, connecting, and creating value that gives you a competitive edge. And of course, he would love to share the rest of his book series with you upon completion of this first instance.

About the author
In 2011, Michael Davis earned the designation Certified World Class Speaking Coach. The processes and skills he teaches help you save time, increase impact and advance your career.

To keep abreast of new ideas from the speaking world, he works closely with World Champion and Hall of Fame speakers. He also studies Hollywood screenwriters and professional comics to incorporate different perspectives into his presentation skills training. Because of his dedication to the craft, Michael has speaking engagements all over the world.

In 2015, Michael began coaching speakers in the Ted X Cincinnati events. He has also successfully coached speakers in Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking contest.

He has produced audio programs, is a contributing author to three public speaking books, and presents public speaking and storytelling skills workshops. Michael is a candidate member of the National Speakers Association (Kentucky Chapter) and a member of Toastmasters International.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my personal, unbiased review upon reading.

Ramakrishna Reddy – Connect Using Humor and Story

connect humorActually, this is my second book in a row on the use of humor in your presentation. While not entirely satisfied with the other book, I dug enthusiastically into Ramakrishna Reddy‘s Connect Using Humor and Story. Reddy focuses not only on presenters but on speakers, communicators , and storytellers in general. The story, not the humor is the most important part of what you deliver to your audience. Humor can support, even strengthen the content of your speech or presentation. The author offers several structured steps to insert humor in your audience, primarily based on personal real-life stories that the audience can relate to. And yes, writing about humor takes away all feelings of spontaneity. It is definitely a weak point in this book. Everything you say or don’t say is on purpose. Basically, the book is about writing your speech and really think upfront on the best-crafted sentences. A little inspiration and a lot of transpiration to reach the desired end-result: waves of laughter after you made jokes and funny remarks.

Everything you say or don’t say is on purpose. Basically, the book is about writing your speech and really think upfront on the best-crafted sentences. A little inspiration and a lot of transpiration to reach the desired end-result: waves of laughter after you made jokes and funny remarks. Reddy extensively makes use of language and multiple ways to construct a humorous intervention. The application of the Rule of Three, contrasts, rhetorical questions, and alliteration, anaphora, and parallelism further enrich these efforts.

About the author

Ramakrishna Reddy is an award-winning speaker who has won more than 25 speaking contests comprising from entertaining to inspiring speeches. He has won contests based out of India as well as from United States. He regularly speaks to audiences from a few dozens to few 100s comprising of corporate, student and business audiences. He works for a Multinational alternatively out of India and the United States.

I received a free review copy from the author in exchange for a personal, unbiased review of his book.

Adam Hamilton – Speaking Well: Essential Skills for Speakers, Leaders, and Preachers

speaking-wellIn this booklet pastor Adam Hamilton shares 19 tips for public speakers, novices as well as experienced people. While it may take 10,000 hours to master certain skills, public speaking or presenting is an area in which you learn every day. Speaking Well: Essential Skills for Speakers, Leaders, and Preachers contains valuable practices for three point messages, clothing, technology as well as preparation time and getting the answers for the why, who, and what questions. Humor, the power of illustrations, and body language, alongside personal language and the chances to reach the hearts and minds of your audience.

The book is intended for a broad audience of speakers, and in the main part Hamilton doesn’t focus on things like biblical exegesis and other forms of research in preparation for your next sermon or Bible study. The last chapter however is reserved for a list of external resources, commentaries and study Bibles the author endorses.

About the author

Adam Hamilton is the senior pastor of the 20,000 member United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. It is the largest United Methodist congregation in the United States, measured by both weekend attendance and membership. Average weekly attendance for all campuses was 10,274 people for 2012. Rev. Hamilton has received numerous awards, including two honorary doctorates, the B’nai B’rith award in Social Ethics, the Denman Award in Evangelism, and the Circuit Rider Award for excellence in church leadership. He was named one of the “Ten People to Watch in America’s Spiritual Landscape” by Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church by the Foundation for Evangelism. He is a Trustee at Saint Paul School of Theology and as a member of the Kansas East Board of Professional Ministry. He lectures on leadership, evangelism, and preaching across the country.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Patrick Schwerdtfeger – Keynote Mastery: The Personal Journey of a Professional Speaker

Ken Davis – Secrets of Dynamic Communication

Secrets of dynamic communicationKen Davis was asked very often for his silver bullet or secret ingredient for delivering an effective speech or presentation. He drafted the first version back in 1991, got famous for conferences and training on this topic. Now, a revised and revamped version of Secrets of Dynamic Communication, aimed at both beginners and experienced presenters is a guideline for presentations of all kinds, whether it’s your next sales pitch, Sunday’s sermon or conference slot. is a practical and effective handbook for powerful presentations of all kinds. The first half is an elaboration on the SCORRE acronym for the preparation phase. With a Subject, Central theme and Objective you’ll get the focus on the reason behind and what you’re trying to convey in your presentation. You have to select, narrow your focus and really spend time on preparation. With a solid Rationale and Resources you build your presentation structure and add examples, illustrations and evidence to it. With an on-going Evaluation you make sure you stay on track and learn from experience.

The second part of the book is devoted to the delivery of the presentation. All kinds of important aspects that can support or break your performance are highlighted: from your cloths and body language to the lighting and sound system. Time management and humor and involvement of your audience both during the presentation and afterwards are described. Apart from the mics and lights Davis stays away from presentation software or the use of modern technology / social media in presenting. First things first: the skill set of presenting, which seems to have a timeless character.

About the author

Author Ken Davis is frequently hired by individuals and companies around the world to bring his humor and expertise to others in the speaking field, and he is now bringing those concepts to the wider community as well.

Ken Davis is the founder of Dynamic Communicators International. He and Michael Hyatt, former chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing, have recently teamed up to provide a series of seminars and workshops for speakers, writers, and communicators.

Over the last three decades, Dynamic Communicators Workshops, now known as the SCORRE Conference, have helped thousands from all walks of life develop their speaking skills. Professional athletes, best-selling authors, corporate executives, and career ministry people are just among a few who have attended over the years. No matter what your present experience level, if you speak, these workshops are guaranteed to help you prepare and deliver presentations with clarity and confidence. Workshop faculty from across the United States represents the top of the communication field. They also share the common attitudes of care and concern that will inspire you to develop your speaking skills. For more information: www.scorreconference.tv

If you want to make a scene, you have to be seen. The Platform Conference is based on Michael Hyatt’s New York Times best-selling book Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. This event teaches the invaluable skills that will get you seen and heard. If you have something to say or something to sell, this conference will help you build the platform to get the word out. For more information: www.platformconference.tv

I got a free review copy from Booksneeze to provide you my impressions.

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