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Presentations are a powerful tool to stand out from the pack in your career. Great presentations make you a unicorn. This book needs to be in your toolkit if you want to make memorable, fun presentations with impact (i.e. be that unicorn).
The writing style is like a conversation with a focus on show don't tell. The lessons of the book are executed in how the book delivers content which not only gives you the toolkit on how to make better presentations but gives you examples of HOW to use the toolkit. The HOW is the critical component often missed in books like this but James executes it masterfully.
The use of the Spell construct is also well executed and extremely apt. DnD geeks will fall in love with the spell structure which is easily understood and consumable for everyone (even a level 1 Barbarian). You don't need to know anything about DnD to enjoy this book but it does make it more fun.
Overall I would say this book is a great read and will pay for itself after your first knockout presentation.
Great book, James is the best and breaks down his stories into bite size chunks so it is easy to consume and digest. I do a ton of speaking events and I can only dream to be as good as James, but if there is anything that would help me is this book. Buy it, it is a must have...
I love how this book is recursively self-illustrative -- James crafted a story about how to craft a story based on principles of crafting stories. A lot of strong and relevant examples with explanations of goals and structure. I’m reading this book and feeling like my magic wand gets stronger.
This is a really short book. And James obviously did not let a copywriter look at it. But - it is the best book I have ever read. I could not put it down. It was jam packed full of useful content. The stories were awesome and the practical application of them was original, interesting and definitely works. Love this book so much!
I've had the chance to see James speak multiple times at Microsoft (including some insights on the Storyteller's Spellbook), read his 7 Stages of Creativity book, and just chatted with the guy. He's real. He's entertaining. He's a game changer. This book - it's a game changer.
I've seen James on stage, and I've seen how he inspires audiences with his story-telling techniques every time. This book is as close as you can get to that live experience, and the stories are just amazing. James does a superb job explaining how to convey a message to an audience with very powerful and easy-to-understand storytelling techniques. It's a short book, very easy to follow and digest, and one of those which you don't want to stop reading, and at some point you just have to because you realize you're done with it. Even the Appendices were a great read. Great book, must read for anyone who wants to be on stage and truly inspire their audiences. I'll be using it every time I plan for a new talk.
You think the label is impressive it's only the beginning. This book is worth every penny. Sets the stage for you to use your own personality to wow a crowd, leave an impact and make your audience want more. I can't wait to use these spells that James teaches. This IS a must read.