Speaking Up (Enhanced)

Surviving Executive Presentations

Frederick Gilbert (Author)

Publication date: 05/01/2013

Speaking Up (Enhanced)

This is an indispensable resource for anyone who needs to know how to present to those higher up the chain

This Enhanced Edition has 48 minutes of video footage excerpted from the Speaking Up Virtual Workshop, an elite online training course that typically costs $395. The videos in this book show real-life CEOs (not actors) heckling or otherwise impeding hapless presenters. The simulated experience of presenting to the C-Suite and encountering common problems is invaluable. It will help any presenter who needs to know what to expect—and how to prepare—for their next C-level presentation.

  • The first book to focus on presenting to senior management-people with very specific expectations and requirements and the power to make or break careers
  • Draws on interviews with more than fifty C-level executives
  • Includes nine chapters containing QR codes for free videos on the chapter topics
  • Click here for the press release

"There are two times when you're alone in life: one is when you die, and the other is when you present to senior management."

-Rick Wallace, CEO, KLA-Tencor

If you are in middle management, you live with daily ambiguity, lack of control, and even chaos. To get anything done, you must present your ideas to decision makers, and those presentations can be brutal. Careers and projects can come unwound in a matter of minutes if a presenter at the top level doesn't know the rules.

Fear in the middle creates fog at the top, and bad decisions are made. The stakes are high-one presentation can make or break a career-but the rules are utterly unclear. Or at least they used to be.

Speaking Up is an indispensable resource for anyone who needs to know how to present to those higher up the chain. It offers revelatory insights into the minds of the men and women at the top-information that is crucial to understanding what they're looking for from presenters. Tactics and techniques that work well with peers, subordinates, and immediate supervisors may actually work against you when presenting up the chain.

Psychologist and coach Frederick Gilbert shows why these high-level presentations are about one thing: delivering information to help extremely talented, highly stressed people make good decisions-fast.

Gilbert focuses on three simple rules for "speaking up": (1) know the people, (2) get to the point, and (3) improvise. Based on ten years of research and hundreds of interviews, Gilbert's book is unique in featuring extensive comments from executives explaining exactly what they want and don't want in a presentation, as well as midlevel managers' stories of triumphs and tragedies and what they learned as a result. This a must-read book for surviving high-stakes meetings.

  • The first book to focus on presenting to senior managementpeople with very specific expectations and requirements and the power to make or break careers
  • Draws on interviews with more than fifty C-level executives
  • Includes nine chapters containing QR codes for free videos on the chapter topics
  • Click here for the press release

There are two times when youre alone in life: one is when you die, and the other is when you present to senior management.

Rick Wallace, CEO, KLA-Tencor

If you are in middle management, you live with daily ambiguity, lack of control, and even chaos. To get anything done, you must present your ideas to decision makers, and those presentations can be brutal. Careers and projects can come unwound in a matter of minutes if a presenter at the top level doesnt know the rules.

Fear in the middle creates fog at the top, and bad decisions are made. The stakes are highone presentation can make or break a careerbut the rules are utterly unclear. Or at least they used to be.

Speaking Up is an indispensable resource for anyone who needs to know how to present to those higher up the chain. It offers revelatory insights into the minds of the men and women at the topinformation that is crucial to understanding what theyre looking for from presenters. Tactics and techniques that work well with peers, subordinates, and immediate supervisors may actually work against you when presenting up the chain.

Psychologist and coach Frederick Gilbert shows why these high-level presentations are about one thing: delivering information to help extremely talented, highly stressed people make good decisionsfast.

Gilbert focuses on three simple rules for speaking up: (1) know the people, (2) get to the point, and (3) improvise. Based on ten years of research and hundreds of interviews, Gilberts book is unique in featuring extensive comments from executives explaining exactly what they want and dont want in a presentation, as well as midlevel managers stories of triumphs and tragedies and what they learned as a result. This a must-read book for surviving high-stakes meetings.

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This is an indispensable resource for anyone who needs to know how to present to those higher up the chain

This Enhanced Edition has 48 minutes of video footage excerpted from the Speaking Up Virtual Workshop, an elite online training course that typically costs $395. The videos in this book show real-life CEOs (not actors) heckling or otherwise impeding hapless presenters. The simulated experience of presenting to the C-Suite and encountering common problems is invaluable. It will help any presenter who needs to know what to expect—and how to prepare—for their next C-level presentation.

  • The first book to focus on presenting to senior management-people with very specific expectations and requirements and the power to make or break careers
  • Draws on interviews with more than fifty C-level executives
  • Includes nine chapters containing QR codes for free videos on the chapter topics
  • Click here for the press release

"There are two times when you're alone in life: one is when you die, and the other is when you present to senior management."

-Rick Wallace, CEO, KLA-Tencor

If you are in middle management, you live with daily ambiguity, lack of control, and even chaos. To get anything done, you must present your ideas to decision makers, and those presentations can be brutal. Careers and projects can come unwound in a matter of minutes if a presenter at the top level doesn't know the rules.

Fear in the middle creates fog at the top, and bad decisions are made. The stakes are high-one presentation can make or break a career-but the rules are utterly unclear. Or at least they used to be.

Speaking Up is an indispensable resource for anyone who needs to know how to present to those higher up the chain. It offers revelatory insights into the minds of the men and women at the top-information that is crucial to understanding what they're looking for from presenters. Tactics and techniques that work well with peers, subordinates, and immediate supervisors may actually work against you when presenting up the chain.

Psychologist and coach Frederick Gilbert shows why these high-level presentations are about one thing: delivering information to help extremely talented, highly stressed people make good decisions-fast.

Gilbert focuses on three simple rules for "speaking up": (1) know the people, (2) get to the point, and (3) improvise. Based on ten years of research and hundreds of interviews, Gilbert's book is unique in featuring extensive comments from executives explaining exactly what they want and don't want in a presentation, as well as midlevel managers' stories of triumphs and tragedies and what they learned as a result. This a must-read book for surviving high-stakes meetings.

  • The first book to focus on presenting to senior managementpeople with very specific expectations and requirements and the power to make or break careers
  • Draws on interviews with more than fifty C-level executives
  • Includes nine chapters containing QR codes for free videos on the chapter topics
  • Click here for the press release

There are two times when youre alone in life: one is when you die, and the other is when you present to senior management.

Rick Wallace, CEO, KLA-Tencor

If you are in middle management, you live with daily ambiguity, lack of control, and even chaos. To get anything done, you must present your ideas to decision makers, and those presentations can be brutal. Careers and projects can come unwound in a matter of minutes if a presenter at the top level doesnt know the rules.

Fear in the middle creates fog at the top, and bad decisions are made. The stakes are highone presentation can make or break a careerbut the rules are utterly unclear. Or at least they used to be.

Speaking Up is an indispensable resource for anyone who needs to know how to present to those higher up the chain. It offers revelatory insights into the minds of the men and women at the topinformation that is crucial to understanding what theyre looking for from presenters. Tactics and techniques that work well with peers, subordinates, and immediate supervisors may actually work against you when presenting up the chain.

Psychologist and coach Frederick Gilbert shows why these high-level presentations are about one thing: delivering information to help extremely talented, highly stressed people make good decisionsfast.

Gilbert focuses on three simple rules for speaking up: (1) know the people, (2) get to the point, and (3) improvise. Based on ten years of research and hundreds of interviews, Gilberts book is unique in featuring extensive comments from executives explaining exactly what they want and dont want in a presentation, as well as midlevel managers stories of triumphs and tragedies and what they learned as a result. This a must-read book for surviving high-stakes meetings.

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Meet the Author


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Rick is the founder and chairman of PowerSpeaking, Inc. a speech communications training company in Redwood City, California. Rick’s coaching of more than 200 senior-level executives led to the creation of the award winning Speaking Up®: Presenting to Executives. Before starting his own company, Rick held quality assurance and communications management positions with Hewlett- Packard and Amdahl corporations in Silicon Valley. He is the author or two other books: PowerSpeaking®: How Ordinary People Can Make Extraordinary Presentations, and Jazz, Rock and Roll, and the Revolution in Psychotherapy, 1950–1975 (based on his doctoral dissertation). His articles on communication have appeared in magazines and newspapers nationwide. His PhD from Saybrook University is in humanistic psychology.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Introduction

PART I The People at the Top

1 Clueless

2 Life at the Top

PART II Survival Tactics at the C-Level

3 The Seven Deadly Challenges

4 Time Cut: A $30,000/Hour Investment

5 Disengaged Executives: It's You or

the Smartphones

6 Food Fights: You Are Not the Referee

7 Decision Maker Leaves: Reading the Room

8 Topic Change: Time to Improvise

9 Side Talk: Keeping Your Poise

10 The Energetic Discussion: Less Talking

and More Listening

PART III Creating Winning Executive Presentations

11 Content + Facilitation + Listening

+ Improv = Success

12 Public Speaking Unplugged

13 Delivery Style

14 I Really Did Give a Damn!

PART IV Career and Personal Advice from the Top

15 Parents, Mentors, and Role Models:

Looking Over the Pickle Barrel

16 Career Challenges

17 Career Advice

18 Legacy

Conclusion

Acknowledgments

Glossary

References

Endnotes

Index

About the Author

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Endorsements

"I wish I had access to these insights when I was on the other side of the table. Now I will recommend this book to my entire management team."

-John Kispert, CEO, Spansion

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