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The Exceptional Presenter: A Proven Formula to Open Up and Own the Room
The Exceptional Presenter
A Proven Formula to Open Up and Own the Room
Hardcover      ISBN: 1929774443

It's often reported that the number one fear among American adults is public speaking, but in a competitive business world, effective communication is an essential skill. This book offers techniques that help readers learn how to infuse any type of presentation with energy, confidence, and verve.

The Art of War
The Art of War
Paperback      ISBN: 0061351415

The landmark translation, based on the Linyi text that predates all previous versions by 1,000 years

There is no doubt that J. H. Huang's new translation of Sun-tzu will be valuable to scholars of military art for many years to come. ... An important work. --General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

The Linyi verion of Sun-tzu provides a fresh new interpretation of Sun-tzu's classic works. As the oldest version yet discovered, it lays strong claim to the closet adherence of Sun-tzu's true intent. --General David W. Barno

Sun-tzu's The Art of War is the classic work on strategic thinking. Throughout recorded history, Sun-tzu's wisdom, rules, and philosophy have been eagerly embraced by warriors, leaders, and gentle contemplators alike.

This edition is an entirely new text based on manuscripts discovered in Linyi, China, in 1972 that predate all previous texts by as many as one thousand years. To better convey Sun-tzu's original intent, translator, researcher, and interpreter J. H. Huang traced the roots of the language to Sun-tzu's own time--before 221 b.c. In addition to his wonderfully clear interpretation, Huang gives readers an introduction to the history behind The Art of War, includes six appendices--five of which were uncovered at Linyi and are not available in any other edition--and offers his own insightful comments on the meaning of the text.

--General Norman Schwarzkopf
Winning Arguments: What Works and Doesn't Work in Politics, the Bedroom, the Courtroom, and the Classroom
Winning Arguments
What Works and Doesn't Work in Politics, the Bedroom, the Courtroom, and the Classroom
Paperback      ISBN: 0062226673

"Fish mines cultural touchstones from Milton to 'Married with Children' to explain how various types of arguments are structured and how that understanding can lead to victory" -- New York Times Book Review

A lively and accessible guide to understanding rhetoric by the world class English and Law professor and bestselling author of How to Write a Sentence.

Filled with the wit and observational prowess that shaped Stanley Fish's acclaimed bestseller How to Write a Sentence, Winning Arguments guides readers through the "greatest hits" of rhetoric. In this clever and engaging guide, Fish offers insight and outlines the crucial keys you need to win any debate, anywhere, anytime--drawn from landmark legal cases, politics, his own career, and even popular film and television. A celebration of clashing minds and viewpoints, Winning Arguments is sure to become a classic.

--Kirkus
Robert's Rules of Order
Robert's Rules of Order
Paperback      ISBN: 0553225987

This definitive edition of the original "Robert's" presents rules of order, motions, debate, conduct of business, and adjournment. All problems of conducting a successful meeting smoothly and fairly are resolved.

Presentation Advantage: How to Inform and Persuade Any Audience
Presentation Advantage
How to Inform and Persuade Any Audience
Paperback      ISBN: 1941631215

The average attention span of an adult is eight seconds--eight seconds

That is tough news for a presenter. It means you may have a room full of people, but their minds are elsewhere. You're competing with a slew of activities demanding their attention--email, texts, Facebook, YouTube, chats, and apps, in addition to thoughts about their next meeting and projects that are behind schedule.

How do you get a message across in a world like that?

The inability to powerfully inform and persuade amid an unprecedented number of distractions is one of the greatest hidden and pervasive costs of the twenty-first-century workplace. Learn to connect with your audience, and you'll stop having unproductive meetings and wasted time.

In Presentation Advantage, FranklinCovey outlines its "Connect Model," the mental model that allows you to connect with the message, yourself, and the audience during any presentation by:

Structuring relevant and purpose-driven messages
Understanding how our brains best synthesize and remember key information
Using visuals such as PowerPoint to inspire instead of torture your audience
Aligning your message, body language, and tone of voice for a powerful delivery

Whether to one person or one hundred, effective presenting is today's top business skill, and the experts at FranklinCovey help you master it. With the Presentation Advantage, you can deliver dynamic, compelling, and truly effective presentations every time.
Thank You for Arguing, Third Edition: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us about the Art of Persuasion
Thank You for Arguing, Third Edition
What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us about the Art of Persuasion
3rd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0804189935
A master class in the art of persuasion, as taught by professors ranging from Bart Simpson to Winston Churchill, newly revised and updated.

The time-tested secrets taught in this book include Cicero's three-step strategy for moving an audience to action, and Honest Abe's Shameless Trick for lowering an audience's expectations. And it's also replete with contemporary techniques such as politicians' use of code language to appeal to specfic groups and an eye-opening assortment of persuasive tricks, including the Eddie Haskell Ploy, the Belushi Paradigm, Stalin's Timing Secret, and the Yoda Technique.

Whether you're an inveterate lover of language books or just want to win a lot more anger-free arguments on the page, at the podium, or over a beer, Thank You for Arguing is for you. Warm, witty, erudite, and truly enlightening, it not only teaches you how to recognize a paralipsis when you hear it, but also how to wield the weapons of persuasion the next time you really, really, want to get your own way.
The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die
The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die
Paperback      ISBN: 1576754758
"What brought you the greatest joy? What do you wish you had learned sooner? What ultimately mattered and what didn't?" asks Dr. John Izzo. Based on a highly acclaimed public television series, this book takes the reader on a heartwarming and profound journey to find lasting happiness.

Imagine for a moment that you are about to take a foreign vacation to an exotic destination. You have saved your entire life to travel there. It is a destination with almost unlimited choices of how to spend your time and you know you will not have enough time to explore every opportunity. You are fairly certain that you will never get to take a second trip to this destination; this will be your one opportunity.

Now imagine that someone informs you that there are several people in your neighborhood who have been to that country, explored every corner. Some of them enjoyed the journey and have few regrets, but others wish they could take the trip again knowing what they know now. Would you not invite them over for dinner, ask them to bring their photographs, listen to their stories, and hear their advice?

This is precisely the journey explored in this book. Dr. John Izzo and his colleagues interviewed over 200 people, ages 60-106, who were identified by friends and acquaintances as "the one person they knew who had found happiness and meaning." From town barbers to Holocaust survivors, from aboriginal chiefs to CEOs, these people had over 18,000 years of life experience between them. He asked them questions like, "What brought you the greatest joy? What do you wish you had learned sooner? What ultimately mattered and what didn't?"

Here Izzo shares their stories--funny, moving, and thought-provoking--and the Five Secrets he learned from listening to them. This book will make you laugh, bring you to tears, and inspire you to discover what matters long before you die.
Rock Your Presentation: A New Guide to Speaking with Passion
Rock Your Presentation
A New Guide to Speaking with Passion
Paperback      ISBN: 0349408904

This book will protect your audiences from the following disorders:
- Death by PowerPoint
- Tedium
- Compulsive fidgeting
- Losing-the-Will-to-Live Syndrome

Nearly all of us have to pitch or present our ideas, whether in a formal setting like a theatre, at a company conference, in a classroom or even selling a concept one-to-one to our boss.

In Rock your Presentation, Nigel Barlow, a professional keynote speaker and creative coach to many of the world's most famous organisations, gives you inspiring insights and practical techniques to 'rock up' your presentation or speech.

Many of these tips come from exploring what makes great music so moving and impactful, and are easy to apply to make your own talks more dynamic and memorable. Try changing your key for different emotional impact; come up with a stronger chorus and an exciting climax; create your speaker's rider; be a protest singer to unleash your passion; and learn when and how to go unplugged to touch your audience.

Whether you want to create a whole new presentation or tune up a tired old one, Rock Your Presentation will give you plenty of fresh ideas.

Quick and Easy to Effective Speaking
Quick and Easy to Effective Speaking
Hardcover      SKU: 1199195952
The King's English: A Guide to Modern Usage
The King's English
A Guide to Modern Usage
Paperback      ISBN: 0312206577

A Parthian shot from one of the most important figures in post-war British fiction, "The King's English "is the late Kingsley Amis's last word on the state of the language. More frolicsome than" Fowler's Modern Usage, " lighter than the "Oxford English Dictionary," and brimming with the strong opinions and razor-sharp wit that made Amis so popular--and so controversial--"The King's English "is a must for fans and language purists.