Publishers Weekly, “an American weekly trade news magazine targeted at publishers, librarians, booksellers and literary agents,” ran this review of my book, Real Leaders Don’t Do PowerPoint:
In Witt’s succinct and humorous assessment of leadership strategies and the art of the public presentation, the business consultant focuses on the basics and the particulars that often go by the wayside when speakers rely on crutches like PowerPoint. A good speaker and leader knows that the individual is inseparable from his or her message, that ideas must be conveyed simply and powerfully, and that conviction is paramount to get others on board. Witt, founder and president of his own Witt Communications company, goes into great detail illustrating exactly what a successful speaker does and how those skills translate to good leadership. While Witt’s primer doesn’t say anything particularly new, it’s a fine demonstration of his principles at work: well-organized and straightforward, with plenty of concrete take-away techniques. Geared toward those looking to get a leg up at work, shape their ideas and overcome the public speaking jitters, Witt’s quick, witty instructional makes a fine addition to the office arsenal.
I like the review not just because it’s positive, but because it captures the main point of the book.
I wish, of course, that it had substituted the phrase “is brilliantly original” for “doesn’t say anything particularly new.” But since public speaking has been so well studied for more than 2,500 years, it’s next to impossible to come up with something new to say about it. I like to think that I’ve selected and distilled some of the best insights that have been generated over the years, added my own take on them, and given practical tips for making them relevant today.
I’ve printed up the review so I can post it next to my computer. (See photo.) I don’t know if you can make it out, but I’ve highlighted certain phrases that warm my heart and stroke my ego:
Normally, I bristle at being described as witty, because with a last name like Witt I’ve heard just about every pun that can possibly be made on the word. But I’ll make an exception in this case.
Thanks for bearing with me. I’m still enjoying seeing my book in print and hearing nice things said about it.