Discusses how readers can make persuasive presentations that inspire action, engage the audience, and sell ideas.
Master the most critical professional skills with this five-volume set that covers topics from personal effectiveness to leading others. This specially priced collection includes books from the HBR Guide series on the topics of Getting the Right Work Done, Better Business Writing, Persuasive Presentations, Making Every Meeting Matter, and Project Management. You'll learn how to: Prioritize and stay focused Overcome procrastination Conquer email overload Push past writer's block Create powerful visuals Establish credibility with tough audiences Moderate lively conversations and regain control of wayward meetings Build a strong project team Create a realistic schedule--and stay on track Manage stakeholders' expectations Arm yourself with the advice you need to succeed on the job, with the most trusted brand in business. Packed with how-to essentials from leading experts, the HBR Guides provide smart answers to your most pressing work challenges.
DON'T LET YOUR WRITING HOLD YOU BACK. When you’re fumbling for words and pressed for time, you might be tempted to dismiss good business writing as a luxury. But it’s a skill you must cultivate to succeed: You’ll lose time, money, and influence if your e-mails, proposals, and other important documents fail to win people over. The HBR Guide to Better Business Writing, by writing expert Bryan A. Garner, gives you the tools you need to express your ideas clearly and persuasively so clients, colleagues, stakeholders, and partners will get behind them. This book will help you: • Push past writer’s block • Grab—and keep—readers’ attention • Earn credibility with tough audiences • Trim the fat from your writing • Strike the right tone • Brush up on grammar, punctuation, and usage
Are you suffering from work-related stress? Feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and short-tempered at work—and at home? Then you may have too much stress in your life. Stress is a serious problem that impacts not only your mental and physical health, but also your loved ones and your organization. So what can you do to address it? The HBR Guide to Managing Stress at Work will help you find a sustainable solution. It will help you reach the goal of getting on an even keel—and staying there. You’ll learn how to: • Harness stress so it spurs, not hinders, productivity • Create realistic and manageable routines • Aim for progress, not perfection • Make the case for a flexible schedule • Ease the physical tension of spending too much time at your computer • Renew yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally
Are you preparing an important presentation? Does public speaking make your face flush and your heart race? Are you struggling to create a concise, powerful argument? Packed with practical advice on everything from structuring content to overcoming stage fright, this guide will give you the tools and confidence you need to master public speaking. Whether your audience is a small group of well-known colleagues or a larger gathering of prospective clients or board executives, learn how to: shape your information to specifically address your audience's needs; prepare visual aids that develop, not distract from, your points; and grab your listeners' attention and hold it. This collection includes: "The Basic Presentation Checklist;" "How to Make Your Case in 30 Seconds or Less," by Nick Wreden; "Coping with Stagefright," by John Daly and Isa Engleberg; "Presentations 101," by John Clayton; "Easy on the Eyes," by Kirsten D. Sandberg; "Plan for Visuals," by Harvard Business School Press; "Why the Best Presentations Are Good Conversations," by Roly Grimshaw; "Connect with Your Audience," by Nick Morgan; "Presence: How to Get It, How to Use It;" "Are Your Presentations Inspiring?;" and "The Twentieth Century's Greatest Speech--What Made It So Powerful?" Harvard Business Review Guides are for busy professionals looking for quick answers to common challenges. They're packed with useful tips and practical advice in a brief, easy-to-read format. Whether you're looking to expand your skills or refresh your existing ones, these guides offer reliable answers to your most pressing problems.
ARE YOUR WORKING RELATIONSHIPS WORKING AGAINST YOU? To achieve your goals and get ahead, you need to rally people behind you and your ideas. But how do you do that when you lack formal authority? Or when you have a boss who gets in your way? Or when you’re juggling others’ needs at the expense of your own? By managing up, down, and across the organization. Your success depends on it, whether you’re a young professional or an experienced leader. The HBR Guide to Managing Up and Across will help you: • Advance your agenda—and your career—with smarter networking • Build relationships that bring targets and deadlines within reach • Persuade decision makers to champion your initiatives • Collaborate more effectively with colleagues • Deal with new, challenging, or incompetent bosses • Navigate office politics
Emotional intelligence has been shown to be more important than other competencies in determining outstanding leadership. Emotions drive some of our most critical professional interactions--whether you're inspiring your team to higher performance, persuading your boss to see something from your point of view, dealing with difficult colleagues, or managing your own stress level. Indeed, knowing how to manage emotions has become one of the crucial criteria in hiring and promotion. This specially priced five-volume set includes books from the HBR Guide series on the topics of Emotional Intelligence, Office Politics, Dealing with Conflict, Managing Stress at Work, and Managing Up and Across. You’ll learn how to: Monitor and channel your moods and reactions Determine your emotional intelligence strengths and weaknesses Deal with difficult people Understand when to resolve a conflict head-on--and when to let it go Influence others across the organization Build supportive alliances with coworkers and colleagues Handle workplace stress in productive ways Arm yourself with the advice you need to succeed on the job with the most trusted brand in business. Packed with how-to essentials from leading experts, the HBR Guides provide smart answers to your most pressing work challenges.
IS YOUR WORKLOAD SLOWING YOU—AND YOUR CAREER—DOWN? Your inbox is overflowing. You’re paralyzed because you have too much to do but don’t know where to start. Your to-do list never seems to get any shorter. You leave work exhausted but have little to show for it. It’s time to learn how to get the right work done. In the HBR Guide to Getting the Right Work Done, you’ll discover how to focus your time and energy where they will yield the greatest reward. Not only will you end each day knowing you made progress—your improved productivity will also set you apart from the pack. Whether you’re a new professional or an experienced one, this guide will help you: Prioritize and stay focused Work less but accomplish more Stop bad habits and develop good ones Break overwhelming projects into manageable pieces Conquer e-mail overload Write to-do lists that really work
Every organization has its share of political drama: Personalities clash. Agendas compete. Turf wars erupt. But you need to work productively with your colleagues—even the challenging ones—for the good of your organization and your career. How can you do that without compromising your integrity? By acknowledging that power dynamics and unwritten rules exist—and constructively navigating them. Whether you're a new professional or an experienced one, this guide will teach you how to: (1) Build relationships with difficult people, (2) gain allies and increase your sphere of influence, (3) wrangle resources, (4) move up without alienating your colleagues, (5) avoid power games and petty rivalries, and (6) claim credit when it's due.
Author: Scott Berinato
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Dataviz—the new language of business A good visualization can communicate the nature and potential impact of information and ideas more powerfully than any other form of communication. For a long time “dataviz” was left to specialists—data scientists and professional designers. No longer. A new generation of tools and massive amounts of available data make it easy for anyone to create visualizations that communicate ideas far more effectively than generic spreadsheet charts ever could. What’s more, building good charts is quickly becoming a need-to-have skill for managers. If you’re not doing it, other managers are, and they’re getting noticed for it and getting credit for contributing to your company’s success. In Good Charts, dataviz maven Scott Berinato provides an essential guide to how visualization works and how to use this new language to impress and persuade. Dataviz today is where spreadsheets and word processors were in the early 1980s—on the cusp of changing how we work. Berinato lays out a system for thinking visually and building better charts through a process of talking, sketching, and prototyping. This book is much more than a set of static rules for making visualizations. It taps into both well-established and cutting-edge research in visual perception and neuroscience, as well as the emerging field of visualization science, to explore why good charts (and bad ones) create “feelings behind our eyes.” Along the way, Berinato also includes many engaging vignettes of dataviz pros, illustrating the ideas in practice. Good Charts will help you turn plain, uninspiring charts that merely present information into smart, effective visualizations that powerfully convey ideas.
"You've got a great idea that will increase revenue or productivity--but how do you get approval to make it happen? By building a business case that clearly shows its value. Maybe you struggle to win support for projects because you're not sure what kind of data your stakeholders will trust, or naysayers always seem to shoot your ideas down at the last minute. Or perhaps you're intimidated by analysis and number crunching, so you just take a stab at estimating costs and benefits, with little confidence in your accuracy. To get any idea off the ground at your company you'll have to make a strong case for it. This guide gives you the tools to do that"--
Forget about the hard bargain. Whether you’re discussing the terms of a high-stakes deal, forming a key partnership, asking for a raise, or planning a family event, negotiating can be stressful. One person makes a demand, the other concedes a point. In the end, you settle on a subpar solution in the middle—if you come to any agreement at all. But these discussions don’t need to be win-or-lose situations. Written by negotiation expert Jeff Weiss, the HBR Guide to Negotiating provides a disciplined approach to finding a solution that works for everyone involved. Using a seven-part framework, this book delivers tips and advice to move you from a game of concessions and compromises to one of collaboration and creativity, resulting in better outcomes and better working relationships. You’ll learn how to: • Prepare for your conversation • Understand everyone’s interests • Craft the right message • Work with multiple parties • Disarm aggressive negotiators • Choose the best solution
MEET YOUR GOALS—ON TIME AND ON BUDGET. How do you rein in the scope of your project when you’ve got a group of demanding stakeholders breathing down your neck? And map out a schedule everyone can stick to? And motivate team members who have competing demands on their time and attention? Whether you’re managing your first project or just tired of improvising, this guide will give you the tools and confidence you need to define smart goals, meet them, and capture lessons learned so future projects go even more smoothly. The HBR Guide to Project Management will help you: • Build a strong, focused team • Break major objectives into manageable tasks • Create a schedule that keeps all the moving parts under control • Monitor progress toward your goals • Manage stakeholders’ expectations • Wrap up your project and gauge its success
NEW from the bestselling HBR’s 10 Must Reads series. The best leaders know how to communicate clearly and persuasively. How do you stack up? If you read nothing else on communicating effectively, read these 10 articles. We’ve combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you express your ideas with clarity and impact—no matter what the situation. Leading experts such as Deborah Tannen, Jay Conger, and Nick Morgan provide the insights and advice you need to: • Pitch your brilliant idea—successfully • Connect with your audience • Establish credibility • Inspire others to carry out your vision • Adapt to stakeholders’ decision-making styles • Frame goals around common interests • Build consensus and win support Looking for more Must Read articles from Harvard Business Review? Check out these titles in the popular series: HBR’s 10 Must Reads: The Essentials HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Collaboration HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Innovation HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Leadership HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Making Smart Decisions HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Strategic Marketing HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Teams
Author: Nancy Duarte, Patti Sanchez
Publisher: Portfolio Trade
'Illuminate' demonstrates how, though the power of persuasive communication, one can turn an idea into a movement, as compared with the likes of Steve Jobs, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Starbucks, IBM, and more.