The EBook “The Super Student’s Guide to Presentations” by John Ramos is a terrific resource when you need help crafting a presentation. It will walk you through everything that you need to know from planning your presentation to actually speaking. The review below is based on the extended edition but there is a basic edition as well as a super edition
It starts with an overview on communication and presentations. Here, John goes into great detail about what is necessary to have when giving a presentation. He talks about the five building blocks of all presentations and how you can make sure that your presentation is a winning one.
From there he goes on to helping you plan your presentation. This section covers how you can build and work with your team, how you can set up scheduling so that you get everyone on the same page, and even how to set goals.
The next two sections talk about how you should conduct research and use that research to create content that the audience wants to see/hear. He mentions different resources that are available to you when researching and how you can turn that into compelling content. He also gives you examples of places to go when looking for different images and media to showcase in your presentation.
Ramos will walk you through the process of creating a script and even help you out with what color schemes work. His in depth research on the subject of crafting a presentation is suitable for everyone from high school students to business professionals.
As you move into rehearsal of your presentation, John has a four step process that will help you master and get the most of your rehearsal stage. He even goes so far to mention some of the more common adjustments that need to be made to presentations and how you can improve them.
This section is where I found the most useful information. John’s presentation checklist is awesome — it gives you step-by-step instructions on what to include in your presentation to make it as good as possible.
He goes on to talking about the speaking portion of your presentation. He talks about the importance of both your verbal and nonverbal communication and how you can get over your fear of public speaking, if you have one.
John covers some of the less known techniques to helping you become a better communicator, like meditation and proper deep breathing.
To finish up the main section of the book Ramos helps you out with the “big day”. He has a pre-presentation checklist that I found useful and even outlines a few PowerPoint hacks to help you out.
John closes the book with a guide on the differences between presentations when you are in college and when you are presenting for a conference.
All in all, I found this book to be very helpful. The information can be used whether you are in high school or you are in business. The content itself is broken up nicely with memorable quotes and fantastic images which makes for a quick and easy read. If you have any doubts on your ability to give strong presentations then this book is a must read. Even if you have confidence in your ability you may want to pick this up as it is a fantastic resource for you to check back with come presentation time.
If you would like to download your copy of The Super Student’s Guide to Presentations ($14.99) please follow this link.
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