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The Choreography of Presenting
Foreword by Robert J. Garmston
This engaging book shows how nonverbal communication drives successful presentations, and provides practice exercises that help readers refine public speaking abilities and build audience rapport.
- Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
- ISBN: 9781412976923
- Published By: Corwin
- Year: 2010
- Page Count: 168
- Publication date: January 13, 2010
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"Finding myself in front of groups large and small, I consider this book to be an invaluable source of presentation strategies. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran, this book provides useful descriptions and insights that help make every presentation session successful."
—Grant P. Wiggins, President
"Through the metaphor of dance, the authors weave a path that provides newbies with a presentation blueprint and at the same time makes veterans consciously competent both for themselves and as mentors for others."
—Michael Grinder, National Director and Educational Consultant
NLP in Education
Master the right moves for high-impact presentations!
Like a great dance partner, an excellent presenter leads others with ease and confidence. By showing how verbal and nonverbal communication shapes every aspect of a successful presentation, this engaging book helps readers develop the underlying skills for polished, successful public speaking.
Readers will discover how to use body language, tone of voice, and other subtle, physical behavior to convey credibility, capture the audience's attention, and support learning. Appropriate for any level of presenter, from novice to expert, this resource:
- Guides educators in developing the seven attributes of effective presenters
- Enables presenters to expertly read audience reactions and establish rapport and trust
- Shows how to overcome common presentation challenges, defuse conflict, and smoothly recover from interruptions or setbacks
- Includes practical exercises in every chapter, enabling readers to prepare for future presentations from start to finish
Take your presentation skills to a higher level, and begin a new partnership with your audience!
- This ground-breaking book on presentation strategies for educators emphasizes essential nonverbal elements of communication that can make or break a presentation
- Describes every skill in detail according to how it looks, sounds, and feels as well as the influence of these patterns on the audience's perception and thinking
- Explains how to use the audience's nonverbal responses as evidence to evaluate the effectiveness of patterns
- Illustrates each of the 7 essential abilities through stories that provide context and help readers gain a more personal understanding
- Contains practical exercises within each chapter to support the reader's skill acquisition and development
- Includes a matrix of skills and specific applications in response to audience challenges such as side talk, challenging questions, inappropriate questions, late comers, crossword puzzle participants, and skeptics
Table of Contents
Foreword by Robert J. Garmston
About the Authors
Introduction to the 7 Essential Abilities of Effective Presenters
1. Establish Credibility
2. Build and Sustain Rapport
3. Read the Group
4. Balance Task, Process, and Group Development
5. Listen to and Acknowledge Participants
6. Respond Appropriately
7. Recover With Grace
“Finding myself in front of groups large and small, the skills detailed in this book are an invaluable source of presentation strategies for me. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran, this book provides useful descriptions and insights that help make every presentation session successful.”Grant P. Wiggins, President
“Through the metaphor of dance, the authors weave a path that provides newbies a blueprint and at the same time makes veterans consciously competent both for themselves and as mentors for others. With this book, Zoller and Landry have both extended my work and fulfilled my dream of having an in-depth layout of the nonverbals of presentation skills. As a colleague, the ultimate compliments I can give are: ‘I wish I had written it,’ and ‘Hey, now I don’t have to write it—I can use their book!’"Michael Grinder, National Director and Educational Consultant
NLP in Education
"I once had an art history teacher who made his lectures come alive with hand gestures, fluctuations in voice, and a calm authority. All of the students loved the class, learned a lot, and developed an appreciation for art history. I now know many of the things that made his lectures so educational. In The Choreography of Presenting, Kendall Zoller and Claudette Landry have captured many of the abilities and skills demonstrated by this great teacher. Whether you are presenting to hundreds at a conference, dozens at a workshop, several at a faculty meeting, or a single colleague, applying the lessons of this book will improve your presentation. The abilities and skills of effective presenting are described in understandable and practical terms and activities. Regardless of your current ability, this book will help you become better."Rodger W. Bybee, Executive Director, Retired
Biological Sciences Curriculum Study
"This amazing book artfully captures the complex craft of presenting to diverse audiences. Whether you are a novice or an experienced presenter, this book will transform your performance and lead you toward becoming a virtuoso! I highly recommend it to anyone seeking to hone their presentation skills."Page Keeley, Past President, National Science Teachers Association
Director, Maine Mathematics Science Alliance
"Zoller and Landry give the reader several examples from their own presenting experiences as well as tables and figures to supplement their lessons. I found myself in many of the suggestions and will reference this book when practicing for my next presentation."Lynn R. Zakeri, Social School Work Journal, March 2012