Review of "Confessions of a Public Speaker"

I had been looking forward to this book since relatively long before it was published. Having read “The Myths of Innovation” and “Making Things Happen”, I knew that “Confessions of a Public Speaker” would be a good book. And all the reviews I had read seemed to confirm it.

“Confessions…”, as you can imagine, is a book about public speaking. It has anecdotes, tips, more general advice and some very frank opinions on the matter. It looks like a very useful book (I haven’t had any talk since I read it, so I can’t confirm yet ;-) ), and the content is concrete enough that it’s easy to learn from it and apply it to yourself. Many stories are funny or eye-opening, and there’s a good deal of food for thought. Speaking on TV feels so scary now :-P

To be honest, I didn’t like “Confessions…” as much as Scott Berkun’s two other books (which I wholeheartedly recommend if you have any interest in innovation or project management!). That doesn’t mean it’s a bad book. Maybe it’s just not as good as the other two. Or my expectations were higher. Or it was at times a bit too snarky or cynical for my taste. Or maybe that I’m less into public speaking than I am into understanding innovation or project management. After all, I don’t have that many talks or workshops, and it’s not even a core part of my job.

But as I said, the book was quite enjoyable and made me write down some of the advice so I could apply it when I can. I read it very quickly (it felt so short!) and I’ll come back to it for reference when I have to talk in public again. In short, a practical, to-the-point, fun book well worth the money and time.