Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Everyone will need to make a presentation at some time in their lives. Whether it is a formal business speech or an informal toast at a friend’s wedding, knowing how to make a speech is a valuable skill to have in any situation.

Develop Your Presentation Skills by Theo Theobald is part of the Creating Success series. The chapters cover the development of topics, the use of humor and tools like PowerPoint, as well as offering templates and content for a speech, and tips for managing your nervousness and the audience (including question and answer sessions, and when those question should be allowed to be asked). There are helpful activities for the reader to try, and summaries of what to do for each stage of developing a presentation. These tips apply to most formal professional presentations made in the context of a work scenario, but the strategies would also apply to any situation where speaking in public is required.

In the chapter on finding your inner voice, Theobald focuses on a research study (the Mehrabian study) which showed that over half of the speaker’s ability to impact an audience is derived from her non-verbal cues or body language. This means that your voice as well as your action needs to portray a confident spirit. How do people become confident when required to speak in public? Pre-recording your voice and making preparations ahead of time are the two obvious stand-bys to answer the confidence question. In that respect, much of the advice given in the book is standard fare for anyone interested in finding out how to speak in public or prepare the next speech.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Kogan Page. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.