Book Category: Leadership, Motivational,

The Leader’s Guide to Speaking with Presence: How to Project Confidence, Conviction, and Authority (book summary)

Author: John Baldoni
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Quick Summary

Baldoni’s The Leader’s Guide to Speaking with Presence is a short but insightful read. It offers some great reminders on how to become a better presenter.

Key Insights

  • Leadership presence is the reflection of the leader’s inner self.
  • Communication opens the door to authenticity.
  • Think of a speech like a piece of music
  • Every good speech must have its own signature, a rising and falling according to meaning and a tempo dictated by emphasis.
  • Remember, the stage is your “house.”
  • Own the message
  • Stories: Inform, Involve, Inspire
  • Avoid jokes at the expense of others— except yourself!)
  • Always state the truth. Always.

Practical Application

  • Work on projecting your voice
  • Work on body position
  • Pause more

Meaningful Quotes

One final rule for PowerPoint: As with alcohol, use in moderation.

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