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Recommended Reading: They Snooze, You Lose: The Educator's Guide to Successful Presentations

publication date: Nov 7, 2011
author/source: Dr. John Hogan CHA CHE CMHS
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They Snooze, You Lose: The Educator's Guide to Successful Presentations

They Snooze, You Lose: The Educator's Guide to Successful Presentations

by Lynell Burmark

5.0 out of 5 stars Two Audiences for this Well Written Resource

In my career as both an academic (college) and a corporate educator, I have delivered literally thousands of classes and seminars and attended many more. In both the ones I attended or presented, I have always learned "just one more thing" about interacting with attendees with each session.

Lynell Burmark has an interesting and extensive background as primarily an educator has exposed her to many different kinds of students. I find that her overall approaches in this text are well-crafted, with adequate but not too much useless details and trivia.

I believe this book has two potential audiences:

1. Traditional teachers who are trying to avoid the " snooze" syndrome the title implies. This book offers insights not likely to be picked up at an annual teacher development day.
2. Corporate and Professional trainers and presenters who may not have to deal with the dozing crowd as often, but face the real challenges of both motivating and training individuals of multiple generations in the same groups.

I find this book positions itself with certain positive resources:

  1. The 12 chapters flow well and are easy to follow
  2. The messages address both the technological and the human side of presentations
  3. There are basic training activities in each chapter that will have value by degrees to different people
  4. A cautionary message on the dangers of what has been called "Death by PowerPoint"
  5. Blending music, stories and images
  6. A recap of ten "should-dos"
  7. A interactive DVD that includes royalty free musics , bonus sideshows and a general chapter review

We have all heard exceptional and dreadful speakers. While some of this message is basic, the strengths substantially outweigh the limitations!

John Hogan


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