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How to Deliver a TED Talk – Secrets of the World’s Most Inspiring Presentations

‘How to Deliver a TED Talk – Secrets of the World’s Most Inspiring Presentations’
By Jeremey Donovan
Publisher: McGraw-Hill, 1 edition (September 30, 2013)

Heather’s Recommended Audience:
Everyone who has to present an idea to a group. Sales, Consultants, Executives…

Heather’s Review

I loved this book! Most books on giving presentations are BORING! Mr. Donovan artfully weaves in real TED Talk examples that you can view online. He breaks the sections down into just the right chunks and lays the book out in interesting, useful sequential tips. Clearly, Mr. Donovan has a passion for presentations and an analytical mind because his style of writing speaks to the analytical types, but he comes across very altruistic. He teaches readers techniques on how to tell the story to which will create just enough suspense and emotions to mesmerize the audience. The Delivery section further advises how to capture the audience and have them feel as if they have lived your adventure.
This is a must read book!
The one thing I would have liked to see is a tear-out summary of all the tips at the end so I could use it as a reference, or at least a chapter summary. Looks like I’ll have to type up my notes to reference in the future.
Although I am a huge Kindle and audible book fan, I recommend you purchase this as a real book. I made notes and comments all over this book and will reference this book as a refresher before any major presentation.

The Thank You Economy – By Gary Vaynerchuk

‘The Thank You Economy’
By Gary Vaynerchuk
Publisher: HarperCollins, e-Books (March 8, 2011)

Heather’s Recommended Audience:
Small Business Owners, Marketing Teams, and Anyone that Service the Business.

Heather’s Review

Are you looking to really understand how social media is changing the world? Gary Vaynerchuk’s interesting stories, analogies, and insight in “The Thank You Economy” will get you thinking. I listened to the audio version of this book and found him very engaging and feisty, unlike many authors who narrate their own books. I especially liked where he went “off script” in a commentary and updates.

Gary articulates the effects of social media and how we MUST focus on the customer because every customer is important. He parallels to the days when every mom and pop shop needed to serve their community. If a customer was unhappy, the PTA would be discussing it. Then, society changed and we removed the personal side and moved toward big business. Our voices were no longer heard.

Social Media is changing everything. A quick little tweet can be heard by thousands and businesses are moving back to caring again. The author guides his readers through this evolution and thought process with intriguing stories of business successes and miss hits in social media.

He emphasizes that all social media must sit on a foundation of authenticity and be a benefit to the audience.

If you don’t know how or why social media is important, you must read this book.

Notability – By Ginger Labs


Apple Editors’ Choice & Best of 2013 in Smart Productivity This app imports contracts, presentations, documents… and then you can write notes on it and create a PDF. This app has saved me many times when I need to sign important documents and I am on the road. Don’t leave home without it.

Heather’s Recommended Audience:
Everyone who has to present an idea to a group. Sales, Consultants, Executives…

Conference Me In – By Paleon Solutions, Inc


Have you ever had a really important conference call that you can’t join because you can’t remember the passcode? You know how it is – you are running late from your last meeting, at the airport, or in your car – and even if you can click a link to dial the call-in number, you can’t write down the access code or remember it because it’s 13 digits long. You really need to jump on the call. This app solves that problem.