December Intellectual Development Pick - Confessions of a Public Speaker

  • Dec 5, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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The results are in and Confessions of a Public Speaker has won for the December Intellectual Development Pick. The meetup will be held at Betsy's house. Please feel free to bring an appetizer, dessert or beverage to share with the group but it is not a requirement.

Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun

In this hilarious and highly practical book, author and professional speaker Scott Berkun reveals the techniques behind what great communicators do, and shows how anyone can learn to use them well. For managers and teachers -- and anyone else who talks and expects someone to listen -- Confessions of a Public Speaker provides an insider's perspective on how to effectively present ideas to anyone. It's a unique, entertaining, and instructional romp through the embarrassments and triumphs Scott has experienced over 15 years of speaking to crowds of all sizes.

With lively lessons and surprising confessions, you'll get new insights into the art of persuasion -- as well as teaching, learning, and performance -- directly from a master of the trade.

Highlights include:

  • Berkun's hard-won and simple philosophy, culled from years of lectures, teaching courses, and hours of appearances on NPR, MSNBC, and CNBC
  • Practical advice, including how to work a tough room, the science of not boring people, how to survive the attack of the butterflies, and what to do when things go wrong
  • The inside scoop on who earns $30,000 for a one-hour lecture and why
  • The worst -- and funniest -- disaster stories you've ever heard (plus countermoves you can use)

Filled with humorous and illuminating stories of thrilling performances and real-life disasters, Confessions of a Public Speaker is inspirational, devastatingly honest, and a blast to read.

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  • Betsy

    Oh goodness - just had a sip of one of the white wines from yesterday that I took from our garage fridge and realized it was a spoiled bottle. My sincere apologies to whoever got poured from that bottle - please don't hesitate to let me know at any future meetups I host. :( Sorry.

    December 6, 2012

    • Sandi H.

      The white wine was fine! Do not sweat the small stuff. You offered us such a wonderful evening. Thanks!

      December 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really liked it. I still have half the book to finish!

    1 · December 6, 2012

  • Rebecca

    Very engaging!

    1 · December 6, 2012

  • Sue

    Enjoyable evening! Great company, conversation and food.

    1 · December 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed meeting everyone last night. What a great group of ladies! I had a wonderful time. Thank you Betsy for inviting us into your lovely home. Marketing a book during the holidays is a lot of work especially since I let my assistant go yesterday. So, I will see you as soon as I'm able! I wish you all a very blessed Christmas. Thank you again! God Bless You!

    1 · December 6, 2012

  • Jenny

    Enjoyed the evening . . . great company, conversation, wine, and food.

    1 · December 6, 2012

  • Jennifer G

    Great food. Great conversation!

    1 · December 6, 2012

  • Liz B

    Thanks everyone for coming out, great discussions! Thank you Betsy for hosting!

    1 · December 6, 2012

  • Betsy

    Big, big thanks to everyone for bringing such yummy food, wine and helping me out so much! You are a great group!

    2 · December 5, 2012

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