Presenting Magically (Paperback edition)

Transforming your stage presence with NLP

By: Tad James , David Shephard


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Size: 234 x 154mm
Pages : 256
ISBN : 9781785831560
Format: Paperback
Published: October 2016

Whether you are a newcomer or a seasoned professional, Presenting Magically will provide you with masterful tips and techniques to transform your presenting skills. Uncovering the secrets, beliefs and attitudes of the world’s top presenters, this book will teach you to:

  • Connect with your audience
  • Structure your language
  • Handle hecklers
  • Use metaphor
  • Own the stage

Structured presentations to fit everyone’s learning style.

This book will teach you how to grab the audience’s attention - and keep it.

Click here to view the hardback edition, ISBN 9781899836529.

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Tad James

Charismatic and possessing a profound ability to bring out the best in people, Dr Tad James was a staunch believer in the inexhaustible inner potential of human beings. He was an exciting, dynamic and  transformational seminar leader, and a pioneer in the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). As a successful personal success coach and NLP Master Trainer, Tad was the creator of a revolutionary new paradigm for human change known as the Time Line therapy technique.

Tad James taught NLP, Time Line therapy and hypnosis for over 35 years, and served as President of the American Board of Hypnotherapy for over 20 years. He was the author of seven books and numerous audios and videos in the field of NLP, including the bestselling The Secret of Creating Your Future, which shows people how to realize their goals in life. In 1999 Tad wrote Hypnosis: A Comprehensive Guide, a bestseller in the hypnosis field, and in 2001 he co-authored Presenting Magically, which details all his training expertise and secrets. Actors James Brolin and Linda Gray loved his work so much that they hosted an infomercial with Tad in 1994 that promoted audiotape versions of his book, The Secret of Creating Your Future. In addition to his interests in NLP and hypnosis training, Tad was a student, researcher and respected teacher of the healing and shamanistic science of Hawaiian Huna. His two volumes of The Lost Secrets of Ancient Hawaiian Huna were published in 1998. 

Tad James attended Syracuse University and graduated with a master's degree in mass communication. He began his career as a manager of a radio station, and went on to manage his own station at a later date. At this time, the plight of the small businessman led him to become a business consultant. While doing business consulting he realized he could not help everyone he wanted. Even though his master's degree was in mass communication, he found something missing in the art of communication between humans. He began to research into powerful ways of communicating and creating change within both people and  organizations, and this led him to the field of NLP. Made the second NLP Master Trainer by Richard Bandler, one of NLP's founders, Tad quickly recognized the value of high involvement and shorter trainings.

Because of his dedication, hard work and unmatched discovery of the Time Line therapy technique, it did not take long before Tad rose to become a leader in the field of NLP. His name duly became synonymous with NLP excellence: he trained and certified more successful trainers than even the founders of NLP. His sole aim was to give his best and to bring out the best in every person he met in his trainings.

Tad James was the first NLP trainer to do a Learn NLP Training in an accelerated format. A leading advocate for expanding human potential and efficiency, he designed and implemented the seven-day NLP training program before anyone else did. His innovative spirit sometimes led to controversies, however. Initially met with opposition, his accelerated seven-day format (with pre-study) has since become the industry standard.

In 1988 his research became more widely known with the publication of his first book, Time Line Therapy and The Basis of Personality. Since then, Time Line therapy techniques have become a major modality for creating powerful change in business, education and therapy. Time Line therapy utilizes a person's own internal Time Line' to work with their unconscious minds in a variety of ways, including healing emotional
traumas and eradicating unwanted thoughts, emotions and behaviors. It has been so successful in its results that thousands of people ' including psychiatrists, psychologists, marriage and family counselors, social workers, life and business coaches, and even athletics coaches ' have utilized it for over a decade. It is so highly regarded that the Council of Psychotherapy in Croatia asked to be trained by Tad in Time Line  Therapy so that they could help many of the victims of the war who were suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Tad appeared on hundreds of local and national television programs throughout North America, Europe, Australia and the UK ' sharing his breakthrough techniques and empowering his students. Throughout his career Tad had only one dream: to empower people to find their best potential both inside themselves and collectively in order to transform the planet'. Tad traveled extensively while delivering trainings and seminars in the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Asia and Australia, sometimes being away from home 11 months per year.

Since 2001, his wife Dr Adriana James joined him in his work, and together they founded The Tad James Co., one of the world's leading and most innovative NLP companies. The couple quickly emerged as a dynamic team, and together they developed new techniques and paradigms for prosperity, health and success. Their legacy of life focuses on the success and accomplishment of all their students. Tad's books, audios, videos and seminars have been used by hundreds of thousands of people around the world to create happier, more fulfilling lives.

The 'NLP Lifetime Contribution Award, awarded following a public vote, was presented to Tad James at the 2017 NLP awards ceremony.

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David Shephard

David Shephard BSc, DES is Chairman and Head of Research and Training for The Performance Partnership. David is a Master Trainer of NLP, Time Line Therapy, instructor of Hypnotherapy and teacher of Hawaiian Huna. He presents public seminars including Presenting Magically throughout the year. His companies include The Performance Partnership, the Coaching Partnership and The Profitability Partnership.


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  2. A treasure trove of information on how to acquire the skills of a world class presenter. It is a workbook for effective communication on the platform, with easy-to-learn NLP techniques and exercises for powerful presentation skills. This book is for trainers, sales people, motivational speakers, political leaders, business managers, and anyone who earns a living by giving presentations.
  3. This is a superb book, which is packed full of useful tools and techniques to improve your presentation skills and deliver with confidence.

    Well worth a read!!
  4. The authors provide incredibly powerful techniques for anyone who presents to any size of audience. By working through the book systematically and practicing, it has enhanced the training I provide in a way that I could have only imagined. There is a lot to take in but the easy style aids this and makes the process a pleasure.
  5. What a great book!

    If you already give presentations, talks and trainings then this is definitely a book for you. If you want to begin to give presentations, talks and trainings then this is a book for you. Basically, read it, it's brilliant.

    It breaks presenting and training down into its component parts and gives powerful, yet simple techniques and exercises that will improve your skills and develop some new ones. After reading this book you will be able to handle anything that may happen in a training or presentation will confidence and aplomb.

    I have used the suggestions and techniques myself and I know that they work" you will too if you give this book a try. The only drawback is that some of the exercises need group participation.

    Get the book and give it a go.

  6. The writers of this book manage to grip you as a reader and it makes you feel like they are with you, they offer some fantastic hints and tips although many have an American slant but can be used in the UK to very good effect. This book is also on my list of recommended books.
  7. If you are thinking of becoming a trainer or you want to improve your presentation skills this is an excellent book to read. Not only does it deal with the fundamentals of NLP but also techniques for managing your internal state. If only more trainers read a book like this we wouldn't die of boredom watching some of them! There are a number of great techniques for communicating with mis-matchers, building rapport with a group and matching voice tonality and posture.

    The chapter on 'energy' is very good, showing you not only how to keep up your energy levels but also how to connect with the energy of the group. The book also looks at using 'space' and setting up deliberate anchors so that you interact easily with the audience.

    Non-verbal communication is a vital part of any presentation and the authors discuss the Satir categories: leveller, placator, blamer, computer and distractor. Short of going on a full training course (which will set you back a couple of thousand) this is a great read if you want to brush up your presentation skills. And even if you have been on a trainer's course the book is great far a quick revision of everything you should be doing to present magically!

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