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The Choreography of Presenting


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Foreword by Robert J. Garmston Preface Acknowledgments About the Authors Introduction to the 7 Essential Abilities of Effective Presenters 1. Establish Credibility 2. Build and Sustain Rapport 3. Read the Group 4. Balance Task, Process, and Group Development 5. Listen to and Acknowledge Participants 6. Respond Appropriately 7. Recover With Grace Notes References Index

About the Author

Kendall Zoller is president of Sierra Training Associates and provides professional learning seminars and keynotes on facilitation and presentation skills and leadership to schools, districts, universities, state agencies, and corporations throughout North America. His international research focuses on identifying nonverbal patterns in the learning environment and their influences on thinking, memory, and learning. In 2007 he introduced Nonverbal Communicative Intelligence as a framework to explain the cognitive, neurological, physiological, behavioral, and social foundations of nonverbal communication. He has extensive experience presenting to and coaching a diverse range of audiences, including sales teams, senior managers, university faculty and staff, law enforcement leaders, administrators, and teachers. He is a contributing author to Robert Garmston's Presenter's Field Guide and is a Cohort I Fellow and mentor to the National Academy for Science and Mathematics Education Leadership. Claudette Landry is the principal of an elementary school in Davis, California. She has taught all grades, from kindergarten to eighth grade, and has worked extensively with teachers in implementing effective instructional strategies and in developing collaborative communities that maximize learning and human development. She has been a leader in professional and organizational development for the past 20 years, offering workshops, trainings, and presentations at the school, district, and national levels. Claudette has facilitated dialogues and discussions with groups from many different industries and fields to generate common understandings and to develop go-ahead strategies for overcoming challenges. She keeps teams task focused and goal oriented by further developing group members' communication, presentation, and facilitation skills.


"Finding myself in front of groups large and small, the skills detailed in this book are an invaluable source of presentation strategies for me. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran, this book provides useful descriptions and insights that help make every presentation session successful." -- Grant P. Wiggins, President
"Through the metaphor of dance, the authors weave a path that provides newbies a blueprint and at the same time makes veterans consciously competent both for themselves and as mentors for others. With this book, Zoller and Landry have both extended my work and fulfilled my dream of having an in-depth layout of the nonverbals of presentation skills. As a colleague, the ultimate compliments I can give are: 'I wish I had written it,' and 'Hey, now I don't have to write it-I can use their book!'" -- Michael Grinder, National Director and Educational Consultant
"I once had an art history teacher who made his lectures come alive with hand gestures, fluctuations in voice, and a calm authority. All of the students loved the class, learned a lot, and developed an appreciation for art history. I now know many of the things that made his lectures so educational. In The Choreography of Presenting, Kendall Zoller and Claudette Landry have captured many of the abilities and skills demonstrated by this great teacher. Whether you are presenting to hundreds at a conference, dozens at a workshop, several at a faculty meeting, or a single colleague, applying the lessons of this book will improve your presentation. The abilities and skills of effective presenting are described in understandable and practical terms and activities. Regardless of your current ability, this book will help you become better." -- Rodger W. Bybee, Executive Director, Retired
"This amazing book artfully captures the complex craft of presenting to diverse audiences. Whether you are a novice or an experienced presenter, this book will transform your performance and lead you toward becoming a virtuoso! I highly recommend it to anyone seeking to hone their presentation skills." -- Page Keeley, Past President, National Science Teachers Association
"Zoller and Landry give the reader several examples from their own presenting experiences as well as tables and figures to supplement their lessons. I found myself in many of the suggestions and will reference this book when practicing for my next presentation." -- Lynn R. Zakeri, Social School Work Journal, March 2012

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