The Engaging Public Participation Presentation

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For more than thirty years, Eric Bergman has helped his clients shape their stories and tell them effectively.

He became a student of the spoken word in September, 1981. The professor of his presentations course at college was a member of a team preparing a presentation for delivery in Baden-Baden, West Germany. The objective of the presentation was to convince the International Olympic Committee that Calgary should host the 1988 Olympic Winter Games.

“We were given a front-row seat to the process,” Eric says. “I'll never forget waking up to my clock radio to hear that Calgary had been selected to host the games. For me, it was one of those ‘where were you?’ moments.”

He started his communications career as a government public affairs officer in June, 1982, and wrote his first speech for a senior executive less than two months later. “It was a retirement speech, so it was fairly low risk,” he says. “But, as the first one, it was stressful. I worked on that five minutes for almost five hours.”

He left government in 1985, and has since been self-employed as a communications consultant. He relocated to Toronto in 1987 and, as a significant part of his consultancy for nearly a decade, wrote hundreds of speeches for executives in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

In the early 1990s, he shifted his focus to providing presentation skills training during workshops and seminars, and in one-on-one coaching. Over the ensuing years, he has used the concepts in this book thousands of times to help his clients develop strategic, compelling content for a host of presentation challenges, and to deliver that content effectively.

The Engaging Public Participation Presentation

Authored by Eric Bergman
Edition: 1

The Simplest Measure of Presentation Success
In our modern world, the simplest measure of presentation effectiveness is the answer to one question:

  Is the audience leaning in to listen, or are they tuning out to text?

  If people are leaning in, they’re engaged. The greater the level of engagement, the better the presenter’s chances of success.

If they’re texting, they’re disengaged. By definition, those texting cannot be listening. They've tuned out.

Have Your Audiences Leaning in to Listen
Author Eric Bergman has written a new book to help you have your audiences leaning in for more.

In 108 easy-to-read pages,The Engaging Public Participation Presentation takes readers through a step-by-step process to create conversational presentations that enhance engagement, understanding and support.

Readers learn the value of delivering their presentations conversationally, regardless of the formality of the situation or the size of the audience. They learn it’s much more valuable to use visuals as an aid, than a crutch. And they understand why answering questions is truly the secret ingredient to delivering engaging presentations that directly support business and communication objectives.

While it was written to support the values of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), the lessons here can improve every presentation—from sales presentation to keynote address.

If you'd like to develop interesting, relevant presentations that have your audiences leaning in for more, this book was written for you.

Publication Date:
098796898X / 9780987968982
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Business & Economics / Business Communication / Meetings & Presentations

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