PRESENT PERFECT(ly) by Rob Howard


Last year, while having a pint in Curitiba with the boys (my teachers Stephen, Simon and Fionn), Stephen and I were discussing what he had read recently. Sadly, I admitted that I hadn’t had time to read a book in years. Stephen’s advice, which still rings in my ears today, “Read a f*&%in’ book.” Well, I am glad to say that I have and if you are a teacher, you need to read this too. But more about the book later.

I have been doing presentation training since the early days of my career in Sales Management. Of course back then we used flipcharts or the old film strips. I was fortunate enough to have a father who was a member of Toastmasters.

Toastmasters teaches the art of speaking. My father used to bring home the materials and even the learning aids and I, at around 10-years old, studied and practiced the art. Thankfully, I have used this skill throughout my life and for a relatively shy person, I have no problems speaking publicly.

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