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Soundview Executive Book Summaries® publishes summaries of the best business books of each year on career and self-development subjects including business communication, time management, public speaking, motivation, goals, negotiation, work-life balance, emotional intelligence, presentation skills, decision-making and more. Browse our list of summary titles to find those that will move your career and life forward.

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  • Image of Business Made Simple
    Image of Business Made Simple

    60 Days to Master Leadership, Sales, Marketing, Execution, Management, Personal Productivity and More

    by Donald Miller

    This is the must-have guide for anyone who feels lost or overwhelmed by the modern business climate, even if they attended business school.

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    Image of DataStory

    Explain Data and Inspire Action Through Story

    by Nancy Duarte

    Nancy Duarte explains the unique power of stories, which make the brain light up in ways that no other form of communication does, and how using story frameworks to communicate data will encourage others to act on your recommendations.

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  • Image of Grace Under Pressure
    Image of Grace Under Pressure

    A Masterclass in Public Speaking

    by Lisa Wentz

    Grace Under Pressure: A Masterclass in Public Speaking unveils the tools that great speakers use to develop their skills.

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  • Image of The Art of Explanation
    Image of The Art of Explanation

    Making Your Ideas, Products, and Services Easier to Understand

    by Lee LeFever

    You've done the hard work. Your product or service works beautifully — but something is missing. People just don't see the big idea — and it's keeping you from being successful. Your idea has an explanation problem. The Art of Explanation is for business people, educators and influencers who want to improve their explanation skills and start solving explanation problems. In this summary, author Lee LeFever provides a guide to helping audiences fall in love with your ideas...

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  • Image of Resonate
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    Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences

    by Nancy Duarte

    In this executive book summary of Nancy Duarte's bestselling book Resonate, you will learn how to transform any presentation into an engaging journey by leveraging techniques normally reserved for cinema and literature. You will discover how to understand your audience, create persuasive content and elicit a groundswell response.

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  • Image of The Power Presenter
    Image of The Power Presenter

    Technique, Style, and Strategy from America’s Top Speaking Coach

    by Jerry Weissman

    Jerry Weissman is the presentations coach to Microsoft, Cisco Systems, and many of America's top executives, including founding Yahoo CEO Tim Koogle, Intuit founder Scott Cook, Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings, and many others. Now America's top coach reveals the same powerful strategies he teaches to CEOs in expensive private sessions. Learn why your body language and voice are more important than your words, how to present with poise and confidence naturally, and how to connect with...

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  • Image of What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
    Image of What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

    How Successful People Become Even More Successful

    by Marshall Goldsmith

    The corporate world is full of intelligent and skilled executives, but few will ever reach the top and, according to Goldsmith, subtle nuances make the difference.

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  • Image of The How of Wow
    Image of The How of Wow

    A Guide to Giving a Speech That Will Positively Blow 'Em Away

    by Tony Carlson

    Communications expert Tony Carlson knows what it takes to electrify audiences and make a lasting impact. In The How of Wow, he shares tips on getting attention, empathy and respect from audiences; developing a bigger and better stage presence; and making every speech a memorable and powerful experience for you and your audience alike. Giving speeches is a great way to get recognized and build your personal brand. Tony Carlson helps you gain and enhance your reputation as a public speake

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  • Image of Presenting to Win
    Image of Presenting to Win

    The Art of Telling Your Story

    by Jerry Weissman

    Weissman, a former television producer and veteran of major Initial Public Offering presentations, shows what it takes to connect successfully with your audience. For example, Weissman offers 16 options for logically structuring your presentations.

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