Confessions of a Public Speaker

Confessions of a Public Speaker (English and English Edition) Paperback – January 5, 2011
by Scott Berkun (Author)

In this hilarious and highly practical book, author and professional speaker Scott Berkun reveals the techniques behind what great communicators do, and shows how anyone can learn to use them well. For managers and teachers — and anyone else who talks and expects someone to listen — Confessions of a Public Speaker provides an insider’s perspective on how to effectively present ideas to anyone. It’s a unique, entertaining, and instructional romp through the embarrassments and triumphs Scott has experienced over 15 years of speaking to crowds of all sizes.

With lively lessons and surprising confessions, you’ll get new insights into the art of persuasion — as well as teaching, learning, and performance — directly from a master of the trade.

Highlights include:
Berkun’s hard-won and simple philosophy, culled from years of lectures, teaching courses, and hours of appearances on NPR, MSNBC, and CNBC
Practical advice, including how to work a tough room, the science of not boring people, how to survive the attack of the butterflies, and what to do when things go wrong
The inside scoop on who earns $30,000 for a one-hour lecture and why
The worst — and funniest — disaster stories you’ve ever heard (plus countermoves you can use)

Filled with humorous and illuminating stories of thrilling performances and real-life disasters, Confessions of a Public Speaker is inspirational, devastatingly honest, and a blast to read.

Scott Berkun (@berkun) is the best selling author of four books, Making Things Happen, The Myths of Innovation, Confessions of a Public Speaker and Mindfire Big Ideas for Curious Minds. His work has appeared in the The Washington Post, The New York Times, Wired Magazine, Fast Company, The Economist, Forbes Magazine, and other media. He has taught creative thinking at the University of Washington and has been a regular commentator on CNBC, MSNBC and National Public Radio. His many popular essays and entertaining lectures can be found for free on his blog at

“For those that are contemplating public speaking, or want to improve their current aptitude, it is impossible that after reading the book, that they won’t be a better speaker. For those that simply want to know what goes into, and what makes a really good presentation, Confessions of a Public Speaker is also a worthwhile book to read.”
–Ben Rothke,

“I’ve seen Scott speak a few times before, and he knows his stuff. Add to this his sense of humor, plus the fact that pretty much everyone can stand to learn some new ideas about speaking, and this book is a MUST for your collection.”
–Chris Brogan,

“Loved it! This is a very informative and entertaining look at the important art of public speaking. Anyone who speaks for a living- including teachers – will greatly benefit from this book.”
–Garr Reynolds, Author of Presentation Zen

“Your next talk will be ten times better if you read this book first.”
–Gina Trapani, founding editor of

“With tips on how to combat pre-speech butterflies, battling the “tough room” and how not to bore people silly, this book will ensure your next Powerpoint will be a success.”
–John Baichtal, Wired

“Even if you prepare well and avoid disaster, of course, you may not charm everyone in the audience. But you can at least–with Mr. Berkun’s help–avoid being cripplingly nervous before that brown-bag presentation and wishing it were tomorrow.”
–Philip Delves Broughton, The Wall Street Journal

“Smart, funny, and provocative, Scott Berkun’s Confessions puts an very modern and wholly relevant spin on the fine art of public speaking.”
–Suzy Welch, best-selling author and public speaker

“Scott Berkun tells it like it is. Whether you’re speaking to 10 people or 1000 people, you will gain insights to take your presentation skills to the next level. It’s a rare book that will make you think AND laugh.”
–Tony Hsieh, CEO,

“Part confessional, part “how-to,” this entertaining book is a godsend for anyone who would rather have an appendectomy without anesthetic than address a group in public.”
–Virginia Backaitis, The New York Post

Product Details
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: O’Reilly Media; 1 edition (January 5, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9781449301958
ISBN-13: 978-1449301958
ASIN: 1449301959
Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces

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