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This unique handbook covers the full scope of effective communication with simplicity and power. Its fresh insight and practical techniques can be applied by anyone from the complete novice to an experienced speaker. Ken takes you step-by-step from preparation to delivery. Learn the secret common to all dynamic communicators, a system guaranteed to help you prepare and spe This unique handbook covers the full scope of effective communication with simplicity and power. Its fresh insight and practical techniques can be applied by anyone from the complete novice to an experienced speaker. Ken takes you step-by-step from preparation to delivery. Learn the secret common to all dynamic communicators, a system guaranteed to help you prepare and speak with power, and a strategy for finding and using compelling illustrations. Your audience will see the difference as you apply the guidelines for using humor, body language, and eye contact. This is a must-read for anyone who delivers a speech.


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This unique handbook covers the full scope of effective communication with simplicity and power. Its fresh insight and practical techniques can be applied by anyone from the complete novice to an experienced speaker. Ken takes you step-by-step from preparation to delivery. Learn the secret common to all dynamic communicators, a system guaranteed to help you prepare and spe This unique handbook covers the full scope of effective communication with simplicity and power. Its fresh insight and practical techniques can be applied by anyone from the complete novice to an experienced speaker. Ken takes you step-by-step from preparation to delivery. Learn the secret common to all dynamic communicators, a system guaranteed to help you prepare and speak with power, and a strategy for finding and using compelling illustrations. Your audience will see the difference as you apply the guidelines for using humor, body language, and eye contact. This is a must-read for anyone who delivers a speech.

30 review for Secrets of Dynamic Communication: Preparing and Delivering Powerful Speeches

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jake Welchans

    Very good, practical book on prepping and delivering content. Would recommend it as a starter. It changed the way I view communicating. Also reading this will help teach you how to give feedback on people's communication skills. Very good, practical book on prepping and delivering content. Would recommend it as a starter. It changed the way I view communicating. Also reading this will help teach you how to give feedback on people's communication skills.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paul Gustavson

    This book is one my favorite resources for preparing and shaping a talk. I can't think of a better book to help you improve. This book is one my favorite resources for preparing and shaping a talk. I can't think of a better book to help you improve.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sally Ferguson

    Looking for the secret to a power-packed speech? Secrets of Dynamic Communication provides a formula to make every presentation successful. Anyone who seeks “to instruct, encourage, motivate, or call an audience to action” (p. 20) will benefit from the tools provided within its pages. That includes high school teachers, Sunday School teachers, and every kind of teacher in-between. The author, Ken Davis, goes into great detail to spell out the difference between an average talk and a memorable on Looking for the secret to a power-packed speech? Secrets of Dynamic Communication provides a formula to make every presentation successful. Anyone who seeks “to instruct, encourage, motivate, or call an audience to action” (p. 20) will benefit from the tools provided within its pages. That includes high school teachers, Sunday School teachers, and every kind of teacher in-between. The author, Ken Davis, goes into great detail to spell out the difference between an average talk and a memorable one. He uses 40 years of experience to analyze the nuts and bolts of a great speech, and to equip others to evaluate their own presentations. As a speaker, I have sought out many books on the art of developing an address, and put many of the tips gleaned therein to the test. This book is very user-friendly in breaking down the format into easy-to-remember steps, acrostics and examples that clarify instructions. Chapter Reviews reinforce material covered, and the Appendix gives a springboard for talks by listing examples, key words and topical indexes. The real genius of the book, however, is in the spreadsheet for SCORRE, the acronym for Davis’ formula and conference of the same name. Just two weeks ago, it provided a map, when I had the honor of speaking at a close friend’s funeral. It was a time when every word counted, and had to be just right. Thank you Ken Davis, for equipping me to focus on the objective. As he says, “Diligence in preparation results in excellence on the platform.” (p. 29) This book is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to impact others. Get your own copy, if you want the SCORRE formula!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Henk-Jan van der Klis

    Ken Davis was asked very often for his silver bullet or secret ingredient for delivering an effective speech or presentation. He drafted the first version back in 1991, got famous for conferences and training on this topic. Now, a revised and revamped version of Secrets of Dynamic Communication, aimed at both beginners and experienced presenters is a guideline for presentations of all kinds, whether it’s your next sales pitch, Sunday’s sermon or conference slot. is a practical and effective hand Ken Davis was asked very often for his silver bullet or secret ingredient for delivering an effective speech or presentation. He drafted the first version back in 1991, got famous for conferences and training on this topic. Now, a revised and revamped version of Secrets of Dynamic Communication, aimed at both beginners and experienced presenters is a guideline for presentations of all kinds, whether it’s your next sales pitch, Sunday’s sermon or conference slot. is a practical and effective handbook for powerful presentations of all kinds. The first half is an elaboration on the SCORRE acronym for the preparation phase. With a Subject, Central theme and Objective you’ll get the focus on the reason behind and what you’re trying to convey in your presentation. You have to select, narrow your focus and really spend time on preparation. With a solid Rationale and Resources you build your presentation structure and add examples, illustrations and evidence to it. With an on-going Evaluation you make sure you stay on track and learn from experience. The second part of the book is devoted to the delivery of the presentation. All kinds of important aspects that can support or break your performance are highlighted: from your cloths and body language to the lighting and sound system. Time management and humor and involvement of your audience both during the presentation and afterwards are described. Apart from the mics and lights Davis stays away from presentation software or the use of modern technology / social media in presenting. First things first: the skill set of presenting, which seems to have a timeless character.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joe Lalonde

    In his book, Secrets of Dynamic Communications, Ken Davis shares with readers his insights into the world of speaking. His insights will help you become a better communicator and speaker. This book is recommended for those who want to step up and into the world of public speaking. Ken makes this process understandable. He also infuses humor into the writing make it more approachable. I'd highly recommend this book to those looking to get into the speaking arena. In his book, Secrets of Dynamic Communications, Ken Davis shares with readers his insights into the world of speaking. His insights will help you become a better communicator and speaker. This book is recommended for those who want to step up and into the world of public speaking. Ken makes this process understandable. He also infuses humor into the writing make it more approachable. I'd highly recommend this book to those looking to get into the speaking arena.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marc Schelske

    Simple and direct. This is one of the best tutorials on how to build and structure a compelling presentation. Every preacher, teacher, and public speaker should read this and then adapt it to their particular context. Having been a public speaker for 25 years, I still go back to this material every few years to stay sharp.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Roberto

    Excellent for structuring your speech Worth the ready. 5e first part of the book is excellent. The last two chapters, I felt it loss some steam. Overall a good starting pint and reference book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dr. Tobias Christian Fischer

    Preparation in speeches and presentation is important to touch the emotion of your audience. Why should others listen to presentations that are sloppy done? Preparation is key. And the book shows you how you do it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    Excellent book that provides a template for public speaking. Highly recommend.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katerina

    A helpful, practical book on how to prepare a persuasive or enabling speech.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jillian Adams

    Helpful tips for speaking but also apply to planning everyday verbal and written communication.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    The SCORRE method is a wonderfully helpful framework for writing and delivering talks and speeches. I wish I'd known about this framework years ago. The SCORRE method is a wonderfully helpful framework for writing and delivering talks and speeches. I wish I'd known about this framework years ago.

  13. 5 out of 5

    May Patterson

    The best book I have ever read on public speaking! It also helped me write my nonfiction book by helping me organize the information in each chapter. This is a MUST READ for for writers and speakers.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Graham Kelley

    Do you find yourself public speaking in any capacity? Then read this book!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brendan

    Want to know exactly how to prepare a speech that will be powerful and effective? Ken Davis' book is precisely for you. Not only is this a very easy-to-understand guide on crafting a speech, but he leaves no element of the speaking environment untouched, including the preparation, even the lighting and sound! This will prepare any first time speech-giver to communicate effectively and winsomely. The great parts of this book were the last few chapters on humor and illustrations. Especially as a Ch Want to know exactly how to prepare a speech that will be powerful and effective? Ken Davis' book is precisely for you. Not only is this a very easy-to-understand guide on crafting a speech, but he leaves no element of the speaking environment untouched, including the preparation, even the lighting and sound! This will prepare any first time speech-giver to communicate effectively and winsomely. The great parts of this book were the last few chapters on humor and illustrations. Especially as a Christian, the use of humor in public speaking can be tricky, and Davis treads these waters with grace and humility, and the treatment of gathering illustrations for speeches was a helpful section, I think even more so for people who speak often and regularly. For the casual speech-giver, it may not be as helpful. Just one critique to be given (from a pastor's perspective): I think the scope of the book was narrow in the Christian setting. Understandably, Davis wants to appeal to a larger audience than just the pastor or christian speaker, but he left many things to be said for crafting sermons, and christian speaking in general. He gives a great way to prepare if a pastor were speaking topically (minus that whole prayer thing), but as someone who believes in expository preaching, his method seemed difficult to reconcile with preparing an exposition of a biblical text. The topic in expository preaching isn't always the "most relevant" to the audience in the sense that the pastor chooses something to preach on that resonates with the church, rather the word of God is always relevant to God's people, and as the pastor faithfully prepares a sermon, he cannot and should not twist the Scriptures to say what he wants, but must be a communicator of what God's truth already says. His job is to allow the Spirit to apply the word to the hearts of his hearers. In short, this is a great,effective, articulate and short book on preparing great topical speeches. I would recommend this book to people like my sister, who give speeches at schools and in other public settings. But I might not recommend it to a pastor.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    In Secrets of Dynamic Communications, Ken Davis takes us through the basics of preparing for public speaking and how we can maximize our impact when we are communicating to a large group. Over all what Davis delivers is insightful, but nothing too new to anyone who has study the subject of communication or preaching. The first half he targets the main problem with most speeches/preaches is that they lack focus in their message. He takes us through step-by-step using the SCORRE method (see pictur In Secrets of Dynamic Communications, Ken Davis takes us through the basics of preparing for public speaking and how we can maximize our impact when we are communicating to a large group. Over all what Davis delivers is insightful, but nothing too new to anyone who has study the subject of communication or preaching. The first half he targets the main problem with most speeches/preaches is that they lack focus in their message. He takes us through step-by-step using the SCORRE method (see picture below for me information) to help us develop clear and focused messages. In the later chapters he turns his attention towards delivery and application. Davis’s writing style is easy to ready. He brings in lots of stories and illustrations, which help the reader to fully grasp what he is trying to convey. If you are anything like me and like to take notes, highlight, and underline in your books, then I would highly recommend you get a print copy and not the digital form of this book. It has lot of information and you will want to be able to go back to it and reference things. I can’t tell you the countless times I wanted to throw my iPad because I just wanted to easily flip back to that ONE diagram. But over all I think this is a great read for those who are new to public speaking or need a little refreshing. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    A complete and detailed, step by step guide to being the best public speaker that you can be. Written for anyone who must give speeches, lectures, talks, or any kind of message, author Ken Davis uses his own SCORRE method to teach the reader complete instructions on giving the best presentation you can, while avoiding common mistakes often overlooked by the speaker. The SCORRE method uses focused steps to keep the presenter on topic, keep the audience interested and connected to the presentation, A complete and detailed, step by step guide to being the best public speaker that you can be. Written for anyone who must give speeches, lectures, talks, or any kind of message, author Ken Davis uses his own SCORRE method to teach the reader complete instructions on giving the best presentation you can, while avoiding common mistakes often overlooked by the speaker. The SCORRE method uses focused steps to keep the presenter on topic, keep the audience interested and connected to the presentation, and also helps the speaker to look, feel and have the most impact on an audience. The reader will find the appendix full of examples, ranging from topics, key words, types of talks;(persuasive or enabling), and a worksheet to help a speaker outline any given speech. I chose to read this book hoping to find information that would help me better my communication skills, especially in sales. I found it a bit boring to read- probably a better book for those who do work on a stage in front of an audience and not a book for sales techniques. Also, I found the biblical references to be out of place in this book. You can come to your own conclusions if you choose to read. I received this book from Booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest opinion.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kalyn

    Although this book is primarily geared towards speakers, it had some really good points for writers too, especially since we go through very similar processes when writing a post vs preparing a talk. I loved the whole SCORRE process used to narrow down your topic so you know exactly what you should be writing/talking about, as well as inspiration for crafting better titles, and how to keep track of your thoughts and ideas without losing them -- something I really needed help with!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Luca

    Great book, really great book with a method, examples, and steps you can take. The SCORRE system is very good, already put it in practice. Have the feeking it will shortly become my favorite way of commnication. The book has lots of insights, took notes like crazy, that says something too. And it reads very easy. I have rRely found a book with so many good ideas in so few pages!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Theron Hatch

    Even though Ken makes his living making people laugh, this book is no joke. If you are ever in a position where you need to speak in front of people, this easy read will help you prepare effectively. Highly recommended!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alisonb

    This book took me a long time to read because it was full of great ideas and information I wanted to act on! Highly recommend this book for anyone that does presentations on any kind of regular basis.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Fernando Almeida

    I loved the practical nature of the book teaching step-by-step how to improved our delivery of oral communications. Good for everyone involved in any type of public speaking no matter the size of the crowd. It's also good for writers. I loved the practical nature of the book teaching step-by-step how to improved our delivery of oral communications. Good for everyone involved in any type of public speaking no matter the size of the crowd. It's also good for writers.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ross Slough

    Super practical and sticky ideas in this one.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brenten Gilbert

    [review coming soon]

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mr. V

    This is a very helpful book for anyone who speaks or is planning on speaking before groups. I will be rereading parts of this book on a regular basis.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Edwin Park

    Solid Foundation. Basic, but deserves a reread. The SCORRE method is solid for writing as well.

  27. 4 out of 5

    George Craig

    Ken Davis provides a solid strategy to prepare a dynamic talk on virtually any topic. This book was easy to read and follow. Now the hard part is to implement the strategy for myself.

  28. 5 out of 5

    david kerney

    Practical I wish I had read and put its principles into practice 20 years ago. Kens teaching has begun to change my teaching.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Excellent for organizing and communicating central ideas.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephenie Hovland

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