The Natural Presenter

Author: Barry Brophy
ISBN: 9780864607904
Publisher: Thomson Reuters
Publish Date: 01/08/2012


The Natural Presenter


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Speaking in front of a group of people is one of the most daunting experiences that you ever have to face. And yet, it’s one of the most important skills a person can possess.

We all have the skills necessary to present brilliantly to inform and influence our audience, through our day to day experience of conversations. The Natural Presenter tells you how you can harness this conversational energy and fluidity when making a presentation to become an inspiring and engaging presenter – especially important when you have to present complex material to a non-technical audience

Endorsed by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, The Natural Presenter looks at the key areas to consider when holding presentations. The book is broken down into five logical sections with helpful exercises to put ideas into practice.  It looks at the main difficulties presenters face, right through to the psychology behind presenting and overcoming natural anxiety and nerves.

This is the first complete presentation guide available to professionals. It debunks many of the myths surrounding public speaking, and lays out a clear and practical path for anyone who needs to present.

The Natural Presenter covers:

  • Structuring material so that it’s easy, it flows and feels natural for you to present
  • The benefits of visual aids, graphs, pictures, visual reasoning, and the use and misuse of PowerPoint
  • The power of using analogies, examples, demonstrations and anecdotes to bridge the gap between speaker and audience, and how this makes your speech interesting and memorable
  • How to apply principles to all presentation scenarios – whether they’re lectures, work presentations or even wedding speeches.
Members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia are entitled to a discount on this publication. If the discount has not been applied, please refer to the Institute’s website to access the promotional code.


Part One: The Basics

  1. The main difficulties
  2. The three fundamentals of presentations

Part Two: Preparation

  1. Scope
  2. Brainstorming
  3. Structure
  4. Guide notes
  5. Visual aids

Part Three: Delivery

  1. Eye contact
  2. Conversing with the audience
  3. Energy and enthusiasm
  4. Body language
  5. Nerves

Part Four: Bridging the Gap

  1. Mental bridging
  2. Analogies
  3. Examples
  4. Demonstrations
  5. Stories

Part Five: Bringing it All Together

  1. Planning the overall process
  2. Dealing with questions
  3. Special cases