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: http://expertaccess.cincom.com/2013/12/avoid-death-by-powerpoint/
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.
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 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.