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Book Review – “Confessions of a Public Speaker” by Scott Berkun


by Scott BerkunConfessions of a Public Speaker

by Scott Berkun

Confession #1 – I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It made me laugh out loud and I love anyone or anything that can make me laugh out loud!  It would probably be faster to count the pages where I didn’t underline, circle or highlight at least one sentence than it would be to count those pages where I did.  I put asterisks next to websites, studies and books that Berkun references that I intend to read.  I wrote the word “quote” in the margins on pages 18, 19, 52, 163, and 171 to remind me of passages that I could see quoting in blogs, articles, and speeches.    I wrote “Amen” in the margins twice on page 59 and “hilarious!” next to the first paragraph on page 8.  I snorted a laugh at the quote from Acts 20:9-12, read the Colophon aloud to my daughter (the English major) and about shot water out my nose when I read the “blank” page.  This was a fun, informative, educational, resourceful and insightful read.


Confession #2 – I’m not sure who to recommend this book to.  Don’t get me wrong –  I have no qualms about recommending this book!  I just wonder who else could possibly get as big a kick out of it as I did!  I think other presentation skills experts who have a sense of humor would enjoy this book – if they can sublimate their jealousy that Berkun wrote all this great content down before they could.  (OK, yes, I am jealous!  But I had the strength to suppress my feelings so that I could learn from and enjoy Berkun’s book!)  I think people who think they want to be professional speakers need to read this book – so hopefully they can see that professional speaking is not just a “speaking circuit” you get on when you get laid off from your corporate gig.  And I recommend this book to any speaker who respects and cares about an audience and wants to really serve them.   Oh, so I guess I can recommend this to a few people!


Confession #3 – I hope Scott Berkun reads this review and wants to be my friend!

Berkun does a great job of mixing stories about his life as a speaker with history of public rhetoric and narrative about different aspects of the mechanics of speaking that make this book easy to read, yet chock full of information and resources to help speakers at all levels raise their game.  I thoroughly enjoyed it!  I hope you will too!