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Introducing the Secrets of Power Presentations
by Peter Urs Bender

Peter Urs Bender writes,“If two equally educated and qualified people offer similar solutions to a problem...the one who knows how to present with power will always have a much better chance of having his/her ideas implemented. This book, Secrets of Power Presentations is not a quick fix. Learning how to make Power Presentations takes time. And you will still be nervous when speaking in front of others, just before you start. (Everyone is!) What it will do is give you the skills, and the confidence, to move past your fears and become a successful presenter.” In this article I am including excerpts from the book.

Suggestions from Bender on how to make the most successful use of his book.

Secrets of Power Presentations
does not need to be read from beginning to end. Feel free to use it like a reference manual - each chapter, part and subtitle is designed as a stand-alone module. For optimum results, however, you should read it at least three times from cover to cover. Use a pen or pencil to circle and underline the ideas which you think will improve your next presentation. Share these techniques with a co-worker or a friend. You will grow fastest when you get feedback from a person who also knows these secrets.

What This Book Is Not About. I will not be talking about traditional public speaking skills in this book. In the past, texts and courses on public speaking focused narrowly on the art of speech - that is, the words you use to get your ideas across. I define "speech" in a very specific way. Indeed, the content of what you say is important. You must have a message to share with other people before you can communicate. However, I focus on how you communicate. Successful presentations involve speech, but they also involve an entire approach using many tools, which I will call the "Presentation". This is the overall process by which you bring your message across as effectively and accurately as possible, using different techniques and communication aids. The "speech" is only part of the process.

How is This Book Different from Others on Communication? Other books tell you how to choose your topic, how to organize what you will say and that’s about all. Because there is so much to making a presentation besides the content of your speech, I have emphasized all of those critical things which public speaking books leave out. We will look at such topics as how to use body language to the fullest, how to rehearse, how to use visual aids, how to use external equipment, and how to prepare literally every detail to ensure a smooth and perfect presentation!

Other public speaking handbooks emphasize the theory of communication and provide general ideas as to how to relate your topic to the audience. This book tells you all of the practical secrets you need to master when delivering your message.

What You Heard is Not What I Meant... Too often, we assume that because we are trying so hard to communicate, everyone will automatically understand us. Nothing could be more untrue!

This reminds me of the story of the tourist traveling in a foreign country. Not knowing the language, he yells loudly at the natives thinking that he will be better understood! They, of course, think he is nuts. Most of the time, people simply do not say what they mean. We often confuse others by not conveying things in simple, familiar terms. Listeners judge you by what they think you said, rather than what was intended. It does not matter that your intention was not to hurt the other’s feelings, if what you said did indeed hurt.

The meaning of your message is determined by the reaction you get from other people. Your intentions are not important if others do not understand you. A wise man once observed: "I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but, I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant...." I always thought that sounded funny, smart and witty - until I started to write this book . . . Now I understand what it means!!!

To find out more about this well-written and informative book and to meet the author, Peter Urs Bender, visit his website at

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