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I didn't take his class, but I watched a video of his class on Youtube (he delivered a partner presentation at a school in New Zealand?). Not too many earth-shattering revelations but good for any beginner in speaking. What I like about this book are the example openings/closings for technical and non-technical presentations. Another of his suggestions which I like is the following exercise: listen intently to presentations with bad introductions, then tease out a much stronger opening. Overall, this is a quick and enjoyable read. Worth the time and money.
This is the companion book for James class with the same name. I attended the class and found it very useful, even more I enjoyed it. The book is not meant to replace the class. I use it as an after class resource - having the notes already taken for me.
If you are not familiar with James and the art of story telling search for his name on YouTube and watch some of his presentations.
I have watched the course and read the book, I must say that the lessons really helped me especially when trying to land a job where I've got limited experience. I certainly recommend to read another of James' book called: Career Superpowers: Succeeding on Purpose
I've read a lot of books about presentation advice. Finally someone who can ACTUALLY PRESENT has written one. James commands a stage. It's his superpower. He's left behind stunned audiences for decades and now he's teaching the rest of us his secrets. And he made it simple, entertaining and actionable. If you ever have to present, even 1-1, this book and the course should be your bible.
While there's a lot of value in consuming the content by itself, the value doubles when this content is consumed after watching the delivery of said content via the presentation. There's a lot of context of insight to be gained, that is no immediately apparent. Either way, it's a win-win.
Good introduction to presentation skills and pointing out some common mistakes that people tend to make in front of an audience. The content would best be delivered live, but the book works as the only alternative.