Troubador Start With an Earthquake...

Released: 01/10/2013

ISBN: 9781783061068

Format: Paperback

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Start With an Earthquake...

How to make presentations that wow your audience


Start With an Earthquake... How to make presentations that wow your audience is designed to help anyone deliver a speech that is dynamic, creative and memorable. 

Using this book, readers can explore what gives a speech impact, through language, gesture, vocal variety and rhetorical devices. It focuses on making a speech more creative, and advises how preparing yourself practically, physically, vocally and emotionally can help banish speech-day panic. It also clarifies why PowerPoint is generally unhelpful (and almost always badly used) and reveals a fool-proof method for constructing a speech from the initial idea to the final delivery. 

Tim Stockil spent ten years in the theatre as a director before moving into training, so he understands both the concept of top quality performance and how to draw it out of even the most nervous and tongue-tied subject. Central to his method is to ensure that you have both a topic (what your speech is about) and an objective (what you want your audience to feel and do as a result of your presentation). Stockil insists that no speech should ever just be about imparting information, though many people in business fail to realise this. With his theatrical background, he shows how to rehearse properly – again, something that most business people fail to do. 

Stockil peppers the text with real-life experiences of his 25 years of running courses on presentation skills and coaching people one-to-one. Readers will find examples of speeches and the people who gave them, successful and otherwise. These include a long extract from a very powerful contemporary speech, which is accompanied by notes which demonstrate why it is so effective. 

Start With an Earthquake... is ideal for those who work in business or have to face presentations on a daily basis. However, the book would also be helpful to anyone making a speech, from a wedding to the Rotary Club.

Tim Stockil was interviewed in depth about Start with an Earthquake… by Jay McKeever for Expert Access Radio in Cincinnati on 22 December 2013. You can listen to the interview by copying this link into your browser:

Leading Business Books, 7 November

This book is very readable, enjoyable and helpful for anyone who makes presentations or speeches in public. I highly recommend it as essential reading for those who have to make a speech at corporate events; in a boardroom to a client or to make a speech at a wedding/birthday celebration a success.

by R C Wolf

A book about presentation skills needs to be pretty good to stand out from the rest. And this most certainly does. Tim knows his subject so well, having coached a wide variety of groups and individuals for many years. His insights and advice are clear and accessible. If you put his suggestions and exercises into practice there is no doubt that you will become a better presenter - whether you're a nervous newbie or oratorical old hand .

by Neil Mullarkey

What an achievement! This is a really comprehensive and practical guide to public speaking and presenting, which also manages to be amusing and compulsive reading. While organised into helpful sections so it's easy to locate specific, relevant topics, I found myself drawn to read the whole book in one sitting... Tim not only gives clear advice but also tells great stories, making this an engaging, confidence inspiring and jargon free read.

by Chris

This is an invaluable book for anyone wanting tips on how to deliver an engaging presentation. Written in an accessible style, it delivers bite sized tips that can easily be absorbed and put into practise. I suggest anyone wanting to prepare a presentation pops a copy of ‘Start with an earthquake’ in their pocket.

by Adrian Kirk

I enjoyed this book from start to finish! It's practical, intelligent, entertaining, concise, clear and warm.

by Miranda Keeling

Start With An Earthquake is accessible and informative, and a must for anyone who finds presenting a daunting experience. Tim's sense of humour coupled with his extensive knowledge and experience underpins all the advice he gives. He demystifies the art of presenting and inspires you to be brave.

by Maggie Saunders

Tim Stockil

Tim Stockil read French at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, then trained as a director at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He spent ten years working in the theatre before moving into the world of training and development. He now runs his own training and development consultancy, Ci: Creative intelligence Ltd, which specialises in running ‘soft skills’ courses, particularly on Personal Impact, Presentation Skills, Influencing, Negotiation and many other aspects of interpersonal effectiveness. He believes that being a theatre director and being a trainer require the same skills – namely helping to draw out the best performance possible, whether from an actor or a course participant.

Start with an Earthquake... is Tim's first book though his second, on Personal Presence and Impact, is now in the pipeline. Both are based on his practical experience of working in the theatre and on twenty-five years of training and coaching people from a wide range of organisations.

Tim is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is a director of the internationally renowned theatre company Cheek by Jowl.

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