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How to Wash a Chicken is not a book about public speaking (or chickens), it’s a comprehensive playbook for business leaders and people on their way up to give the best presentations of their lives, and embark on a circle of presentation success. All too often, the best intentions and most innovative ideas get lost in a poorly executed presentation. Author Tim Calkins unders How to Wash a Chicken is not a book about public speaking (or chickens), it’s a comprehensive playbook for business leaders and people on their way up to give the best presentations of their lives, and embark on a circle of presentation success. All too often, the best intentions and most innovative ideas get lost in a poorly executed presentation. Author Tim Calkins understands the power of a compelling presentation and the difficulty in accomplishing one. The brand strategist, professor and author has been giving presentations since he was eight, when he delivered his first official presentation with an uncooperative chicken at a 4-H competition. From business updates to project recommendations to marketing plans, Calkins has given more than five thousand presentations to date. With concrete suggestions, helpful tricks, and step-by-step guidance that’s applicable to all industries, Calkins sets out to propel his readers to create and deliver effective business presentations and pitches. When all lessons from How to Wash a Chicken are applied, readers will be empowered throughout the preparation and presentation process. They will be able to present with more confidence and conviction than they ever had before, setting them on a path of professional growth.


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How to Wash a Chicken is not a book about public speaking (or chickens), it’s a comprehensive playbook for business leaders and people on their way up to give the best presentations of their lives, and embark on a circle of presentation success. All too often, the best intentions and most innovative ideas get lost in a poorly executed presentation. Author Tim Calkins unders How to Wash a Chicken is not a book about public speaking (or chickens), it’s a comprehensive playbook for business leaders and people on their way up to give the best presentations of their lives, and embark on a circle of presentation success. All too often, the best intentions and most innovative ideas get lost in a poorly executed presentation. Author Tim Calkins understands the power of a compelling presentation and the difficulty in accomplishing one. The brand strategist, professor and author has been giving presentations since he was eight, when he delivered his first official presentation with an uncooperative chicken at a 4-H competition. From business updates to project recommendations to marketing plans, Calkins has given more than five thousand presentations to date. With concrete suggestions, helpful tricks, and step-by-step guidance that’s applicable to all industries, Calkins sets out to propel his readers to create and deliver effective business presentations and pitches. When all lessons from How to Wash a Chicken are applied, readers will be empowered throughout the preparation and presentation process. They will be able to present with more confidence and conviction than they ever had before, setting them on a path of professional growth.

30 review for How to Wash a Chicken: Mastering the Business Presentation

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    I accidentally checked this audiobook out from my library’s Hoopla site, but I found it quite well done. I’ve read many business presentation books over the past few years, and most focus on the message. Here, the author spends as much time focusing on meeting logistics as the message. It was refreshing to read his advice in when to cancel a meeting – I had not seen other books cover this necessary political skill, and it is well described here. Another one of my hot buttons is team presentation I accidentally checked this audiobook out from my library’s Hoopla site, but I found it quite well done. I’ve read many business presentation books over the past few years, and most focus on the message. Here, the author spends as much time focusing on meeting logistics as the message. It was refreshing to read his advice in when to cancel a meeting – I had not seen other books cover this necessary political skill, and it is well described here. Another one of my hot buttons is team presentations. It seems most business presentations I’ve been involved with over the past few decades had two or more presenters, but the logistics of the dance of changing presenters is rarely discussed. Here, the author provides suggestions on limiting handoffs, and in making those handoffs as professional and quick as possible. The author also provides valuable advice in preparing for the “physical plant” of the room, testing lighting before the presentation for instance. About half of this book is traditional business presentation messaging advice, and the author quotes many of the books that I suspect many have read, like Nancy Duarte’s books, and Gallo’s book on Jobs’ presentation skills. Overall, I found this a valuable addition to the literature on business presentation, with good summation of state of the art from other books and a bonus focus on logistics and politics of presentations and meeting planning.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nick Fruendt

    Thorough & helpful guide to acing your business presentation.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lee Fritz

    Other than the extensive use of the term Personal Brand - which, okay, I understand but also detest and had a physical aversion to the more he discussed - this was a fine book with good tips on presenting (or when to not present). Our presentation skills group at work picked this as the subject of our first book club meeting. Accordingly, I made a number of notes, which I’ll paste below for your information and for my future reference: Questions to ask presenters during practices: Why are you pr Other than the extensive use of the term Personal Brand - which, okay, I understand but also detest and had a physical aversion to the more he discussed - this was a fine book with good tips on presenting (or when to not present). Our presentation skills group at work picked this as the subject of our first book club meeting. Accordingly, I made a number of notes, which I’ll paste below for your information and for my future reference: Questions to ask presenters during practices: Why are you presenting? What is the objective? Who is the audience? What do they know? What do they want to hear? Does the audience already have an opinion? 5 things every presentation needs: 1. cover page including title, date, names, location 2. Purpose 3. Agenda 4. Executive summary 5. Conclusion Tips in creating a presentation: Only 3 or 4 bullet points per slide If presenting with a group, consider working together with continual involvement and agreement on the core message, storyboard together, divide specific slide images/data production (don’t create individual sections - they will not flow) Record practice presentations for presenter review Go through presentation afterward and make notes, clarify sections, make corrections Do not memorize the presentation How to improve presentation: 1. Simplify slides and remove clutter 2. Avoid passive writing 3. Purchase a presenter (clicker) to advance slides.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pratik Joshi

    I think this book does provide a very logical approach to business presentations, but I love that it Tim Calkins focuses on the small things and how they can affect both the outcome of the presentation and your personal brand. I will be taking a lot of lessons from this book and be applying it to my professional life due to it's relevancy. If you are someone that is new to presenting, this book will set you up to be successful from the start. The strategies and recommendations in this book truly I think this book does provide a very logical approach to business presentations, but I love that it Tim Calkins focuses on the small things and how they can affect both the outcome of the presentation and your personal brand. I will be taking a lot of lessons from this book and be applying it to my professional life due to it's relevancy. If you are someone that is new to presenting, this book will set you up to be successful from the start. The strategies and recommendations in this book truly help with understanding the basics of presenting. If you have presented many times before, this book will help you take the next step in improving your presenting. I think one of the most important distinctions made in this book is that Tim Calkins talks about how Business Presentations are different than what people perceive as "public speaking". Most people imagine it as Ted Talks when in reality Business Presentations are incredibly different in the delivery and the dynamics of the presentation. This will help you understand the smaller things that can help you go from a good presenter to a great presenter.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Roger Smitter

    While the book provides some insights into preparing for a presentation in the business world, the message is not complete. Author Tim Calkinds provides advice about public speaking that has roots in the usual textbook about public speaking. He also helps us understand how to make use of new technologies that have revolutionized changed what speakers can do to engage audiences. However, the book works from the assumption that the words and images on the screen are the only thing that’s matters i While the book provides some insights into preparing for a presentation in the business world, the message is not complete. Author Tim Calkinds provides advice about public speaking that has roots in the usual textbook about public speaking. He also helps us understand how to make use of new technologies that have revolutionized changed what speakers can do to engage audiences. However, the book works from the assumption that the words and images on the screen are the only thing that’s matters in a speech. The limits the work of public speaking is a matter of working from a script summarizes what the speaker is saying. The book doesn’t say much about the dynamics of eye-to-eye interaction audience and the sound of the speaker. The advice is good stuff. It’s just not complete, especially for the naive speaker.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Chan

    I enjoyed this book a lot. It is very simple to read and follow with very clear guidelines on how to do an effective presentation. Author is very experienced and it shows in his anecdotes and gives insights on how and why common errors don't work (putting a lot of content on slides, having people take different parts of a presentation, etc..). Focus is a bit more on business presentations - however, I think much of the content can be applied to anything. I enjoyed this book a lot. It is very simple to read and follow with very clear guidelines on how to do an effective presentation. Author is very experienced and it shows in his anecdotes and gives insights on how and why common errors don't work (putting a lot of content on slides, having people take different parts of a presentation, etc..). Focus is a bit more on business presentations - however, I think much of the content can be applied to anything.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Russ Johnston

    This book is a pragmatic approach to a feature of most individuals careers which is at times disregarded. In a career, everyone is expected to deliver presentations from time to time and failing to deliver in a polished fashion raises serious doubt about all other work products; warranted or not. This book is an easy must read for aspiring business professionals.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dan Cotter

    this is a very quick read with some great insights into presentations. Only small caveat would be if it were more focused or discussed more the presentation or webinar outside of the business meeting, but same principles apply.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bob Dolgan

    What a great read! A comprehensive, accessible guide to business presenting. I felt like I was in Professor Calkins’ class again. I enjoyed the anecdotes from past presenting experiences.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Johnny

    Nice pointers on business presenting skills... not super innovative though.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pedro

    An easy-to-read book, which provides logical, concise, and doable advice on presentations. Worth trying in school and work.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tim Dent

    As a former student of Professor Calkins, I put this on my list as soon as it was published. Calkins is one of the best public speakers I have ever seen, especially within a business setting. “How to wash a chicken” can set a good foundation for those trying to improve their presentation skills, from both a preparation and delivery aspect. After reading, it is easy to see why Calkins had so much success in the corporate world and now wants to help others improve their own careers.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nguyễn Minh-Trung

    một quyển sách hay, helpful cả trong công việc nội bộ lẫn làm dự án với khách hàng.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Samuel

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  15. 4 out of 5

    Kulpreet Singh

    Because there comes a time when we have to figure out how to improve our presentations ;) Turns out a lot is possible. Worth spending a few hours with this one.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Douglas

  17. 5 out of 5

    Connor Bergen

  18. 4 out of 5

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  19. 4 out of 5

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  20. 4 out of 5

    Kaushik Narayan

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eli Lim

  22. 4 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nicolas Sablan

  25. 5 out of 5

    Thayadora Lupo

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susan Sasvari

  27. 5 out of 5

    Fred Kreger

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mike

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Mortimer

  30. 5 out of 5

    Iris

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