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The Choreography of Presenting

The 7 Essential Abilities of Effective Presenters
By: Kendall Zoller, Claudette Landry

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.

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Product Details
  • 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
Authentic Education

"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!

Key features

  • 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


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Kendall Zoller

Kendall Zoller, EdD, is a global consultant, an author, educator, and researcher. His work in communicative intelligence, presentation and facilitation skills, storytelling, leadership, coaching, and adaptive schools has taken him to 23 countries in person and 70 countries virtually, and hundreds of US and International Schools and districts globally. He is co-author of HeartSpace (2021), Voices Leading From the Ecotone (2019) and The Choreography of Presenting: The 7 Essential Abilities of Effective Presenters (2010). Kendall is president of Sierra Training Associates and graduate faculty at California State University, Dominguez Hills. With over 70 publications, he has authored over four dozen reviewed book chapters and journal articles on topics of communication, community, and leadership for educators and corporations. Kendall has a doctorate in Educational Leadership, and a Masters in Educational Management. He can be reached at kvzoller@sierra-training.com

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Claudette Landry

Claudette Landry is the principal of an elementary school in Davis, California. She has taught all grades, from kindergarten to eighth grade, and has worked extensively with teachers in implementing effective instructional strategies and in developing collaborative communities that maximize learning and human development. She has been a leader in professional and organizational development for the past 20 years, offering workshops, trainings, and presentations at the school, district, and national levels. Claudette has facilitated dialogues and discussions with groups from many different industries and fields to generate common understandings and to develop go-ahead strategies for overcoming challenges. She keeps teams task focused and goal oriented by further developing group members’ communication, presentation, and facilitation skills.
Table of Contents

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






Price: $39.95
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