Book review: How to engage and inspire audiences

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Written by Krista Powell Edwards on 9 October 2020

The author is certainly practising what he preaches with an engaging layout. This book looks interesting to read. Each of the chapters has a colour theme with headings and block text in that colour. Graphics and diagrams capture the reader’s attention and reinforce key points.

I review with an extensive knowledge and experience of group training and facilitation. What the author does exceptionally well is to identify and impart the most useful and impactful elements of effective group training/facilitation design and delivery. 

The tips and ideas are accessible, easy to apply and use in practice. Often the tips are ‘tweaks’ to enhance and improve delivery effectiveness; little changes that will have a big positive impact.

This book will be useful to anyone, whatever their knowledge and experience. The author gives a valid rationale for his recommendations. This helps the reader recognise what worked/didn't work in the past, and provides a motivation to change.

What the author does exceptionally well is to identify and impart the most useful and impactful elements of effective group training/facilitation design and delivery. 

Although the focus of the book is face to face audiences, the information can be applied to on-line learning. In particular, the PowerPoint selection section provides best practice advice that would be invaluable for anyone moving from face to face to on-line interactions.

Fundamentally, ‘this is a book about how to communicate’ as the author asserts in the introduction.

 

About the reviewer

Krista Powell Edwards is an experienced and highly qualified facilitator and trainer. She has designed and delivered workshops face to face and on-line in the UK and internationally since 1995. Krista uses best practice learning and development and presenting techniques.

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