5 Great Books on Public Speaking You Cannot Miss

Guest Article by Dr. Tan Kwan Hong

Participants in my public speaking workshops have often asked me to recommend some great books that they can read to take their mastery of public speaking to the next level. Indeed, reading is a great way in which you can gain new ideas and novel perspectives on speech delivery.

Here are 5 books I highly recommend that you can read to improve your public speaking skills.

Book #1: Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun

A book that divulges the secrets behind what great speakers and communicators do, and how you can emulate the success of these speakers through highly practical tips.

Book #2: Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds by Carmine Gallo

The ideas presented in this book are current and cutting-edge. If you want to learn how to sell yourself and your ideas on stage, this book is for you.

Book #3: Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln: 21 Powerful Secrets of History’s Greatest Speakers by James C. Humes

Great leaders like Churchill and Lincoln are not only remembered for their heroic leadership, but also for their mesmerizing and captivating speeches. If you want to learn how to deliver inspirational speeches that captures the hearts and souls of your audience, pick up this book right away!

Book #4: Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery by Garr Reynolds

Garr Reynolds is going to change the way you deliver presentations using PowerPoint and Keynote. This book presents noteworthy ideas that transform the way you prepare, design and deliver your presentations.

Book #5: The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking by Dale Carnegie

A classic book of public speaking by the guru of communication, Dale Carnegie. This book discloses the fundamentals of how you can influence minds and win hearts through effective speaking. Another book not to be missed!


While I strongly believe that the best way to learn how to deliver exceptional speeches is to do the real thing itself (yes! keep getting stage time to practice your speeches and hone your craft), reading books for new ideas and novel perspectives can put you on a highway to success and accomplishments in this arena. So go forth and pick up a book right away!

About The Author

Kwan Hong helps professionals, business executives and youths gain rapid mastery in communication skills, personal peak performance and career growth. He has synthesized knowledge from 8 Degrees and Diplomas, from over 100 certifications and from 1000 books to bring his clients the best tips, tricks and techniques for personal success.

To date, 120,000 participants from over 100 organizations and events have benefited from his speaking engagements.

Reach out to him at http://www.TanKwanHong.com]http://www.TanKwanHong.com , or connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/tankwanhong]http://www.linkedin.com/in/tankwanhong .

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Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.

Fairness is Overrated

Fairness is Overrated is a book on leadership outlining 52 principles of leadership. It was written by Tim Stevens who has been a church leader.

Here is what the Leadership Now blog has to say about the book:

“Fairness is Overrated is a solid leadership primer on what it takes to create a healthy culture day-in and day-out. Tim Stevens comes from a Church leadership perspective. However, his 52 principles are applicable anywhere because people are people with the same issues—only the peer pressure changes (unfortunately).

The 52 principles are organized around four key areas: Be a leader worth following, Find the right people, Build a healthy culture and Lead confidently through a crisis.

Stevens begins with “live a life with margins” and ends with the “five stages of failure.” Living a life with margin structured in not only helps all of the other leadership principles discussed here but it helps you move through the five stages of failure faster. So it’s a foundational principle.

A leader worth following has integrity. It’s about character. Knowing yourself and disconnecting is an important way to maintain integrity. You need to build space for what’s important.

Finding the right people—finding and developing leaders—is the most important thing his did as an executive pastor. “Here is what I believe to my core: the success of leaders will rise or fall based on the decisions they make about the people around them.”

And there is more, read the rest here.

The book discussed the need for a healthy culture for leadership to be effective and this includes the importance of team work.

The book advocates the importance of humility in leaders and trust.

The author also cautions us to not confuse fairness with justice. Fairness may mean that everyone gets the same thing, or at least that is what it is increasingly though to mean. Justice in an organization recognizes the importance of priorities to govern who gets what.

What do you think?

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.

Why You Are Not Achieving Your Goals

Guest book review

From the Leading Blog on 07.14.15 here is a book review to help us achieve our goals.

>Bernard Roth, one of the founders of the multi-disciplinary d.school at Stanford University, has written a book titled, The Achievement Habit. However, it is much more than the title might let on.

It’s about how you can achieve your goals more fully and faster by expanding your limited view of reality. It’s about design thinking applied to every aspect of your life. It’s about assisting us to break through the walls that are mostly of our own making.

You Give Everything Its Meaning

Roth begins by reminding us that nothing has any meaning except for the meaning that we give it. “Stop labeling things in their usual way. Make the familiar into the unfamiliar, and the result can be amazing and delightful, as opposed to dull, nonfunctional, and ordinary.” Along these same lines, this applies to our need to be right. “Next time you find yourself playing right and wrong, remember: You give everything in your life its meaning, so you can choose to end the game. It does not matter how right you are or how wrong they are; you lose just by playing.” You have the power to change your attitude and therefore, how you will play the game.

Reasons Are Excuses

And then there are all the reasons we have for why something is or isn’t happening. They’re really just excuses prettied up says Roth. He was chronically late until he decided to stop coming up with reasons and deal with the real issue. Here’s the key point: We use reasons “to hide shortcomings from ourselves. When we stop using reasons to justify ourselves, we increase our chances of changing behavior, gaining a realistic self-image, and living a more satisfying and productive life.” In other words, we take responsibility for our life.<<

Read the rest of the book review here.

Learn how you can achieve more and realize your goals in my book, The Success Essentials.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.

The Five Levels of Leadership by John Maxwell

A book review by Miranda McDermott

John Maxwell is well established writer and speaker on leadership. In this book review McDermott discusses Maxwell’s book, The Five Levels of Leadership.

>This work presents a positive view of people and their potential. Effective leaders should not simply search for work performance problems to correct. They help staff to develop their skills and achieve their goals. Then, the staff will repay the leaders and the company with their dedication, hard work, and potentially their ability to lead others on the path to success. It is also important for companies to recruit the best staff in order to have a winning team. Maxwell has devises a leveled approach to the sophistication of skills that leaders can develop.

Level 1: Position

Many people receive an opportunity to lead out of an appointment to a position, winning a job, or sheer necessity. Everyone must start at this level in order to develop leadership skills. Here, subordinates follow simply because they are required to. They wish to retain their employment. Leaders at Level 1 are very tied to their job titles, and they believe that they must know more than everyone else in order to feel worthy. Leaders at this level can be very insecure about their abilities. They look for problems with their staff, and they fail to see staff as people with varying skill sets in their own right.

Level 2: Permission

This level is about relationships with staff, and people with good interpersonal skills can master this level. People follow at this level because they want to and they like the leader. This level is an improvement over Level 1, but sometimes teams do not accomplish much at this level.

Level 3: Production

Leaders at this level produce much, so they tend to attract others who wish to be part of a winning team. Some leaders at this level are stronger in productivity than they are in business relationships, which they may need to work on.<<

Read the rest of this excellent review at the link below. We all can benefit from learning better leadership skills. Maxwell’s work is a good place to learn.

Source: Booktalking: The Five Levels of Leadership by John Maxwell – Review by Miranda McDermott, Bronx Library Center. July 7, 2015. Read the rest here.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.

Why Teams Are Important

mark-miller-secret-of-teams-266x300Jim Strock on Mark Miller’s new book and how teams can do more:

Chick-fil-A has become synonymous with leadership through service in the challenging fast-food industry.

Mark Miller, Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness, serves to lead Chick-fil-A and its many stakeholders. His service ethic reaches an even wider audience through his fine website:greatleadersserve.org.

Miller is the author of well-received leadership and management books, including several with Ken Blanchard. Read the rest here…

Credit: http://servetolead.org/

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.

Should You Own a Home Based Business?

successThe Advantages of Owning a Home Based Business (Guest Post)

By Tami Lewis

The new American dream is owning your own home based business. As it turns out, owning your own home based business today happens to be the best way to protect your home. The economic hurricane battering our entire planet shows no signs of letting up any time soon. People all over the world are suffering the effects in what is now described as the worst financial climate since the 1930s.

We are all part of the problem, but we’re all responsible for our own solutions. We as a culture tend to spend more than we make. We tend to project our lifestyles beyond our means. And we continuously seem to vote people into office who have no business being there. All of those things have contributed to our present situation. Now it’s time to take action.

The rising cost of living has certainly hurt a lot of people. But so has the tendency to live paycheck to paycheck. Everybody has control over their financial situation, but an amazingly large number of people forfeit it. They let their money control their lives, instead of living their lives in control of their money. The absolute reality is that it doesn’t have to be this way.

By working for yourself, you will finally be able to earn what you’re worth. Working from home in a recession proof business will give you the opportunity to earn an unlimited income, and the freedom to work whenever you want to. If you’re lucky enough to still have a job, you can work from home and earn extra income to help ease the financial stress. And if you’re already unemployed, working from home may be your only option.

Many benefits accrue to those who work from home. The most obvious is a reduction in transportation costs since there’s no commute. Work clothing, lunches out, and parking can all be eliminated as well. You’ll even save money on your taxes since many occupancy costs become tax deductible when working from home.

At the heart of most contemporary home based businesses is the internet, since whatever it is you are selling, being online connects you with the global marketplace. And even though these are difficult economic times, people the world over are still making money–and spending it. You need to find a product, find a market, find a system for your business model–and then start making money, working from home with recessionary fears a thing of the past. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Tami Lewis is a business coach and mentor based out of Buckeye, AZ, that assists serious entrepreneurs in building a profitable online business with multiple incomes streams. For more information and to contact Tami visit: http://www.createincome247.com

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.

Peaks and Valleys by Spencer Johnson

Review by Alain Burrese

Spencer Johnson has done very well for himself by taking simple lessons and sharing them in short stories. It is not surprising that USA Today called him “The King of Parables.” “Peaks and Valleys: Making Good And Bad Times Work For You – At Work And In Life” is Johnson’s newest parable, and like those before it, this book contains more than meets the eye.

The book is short, only 99 pages, and some of those contain only one quote. And like his other books, it is a smaller formatted hardcover. However, despite its length, there are some practical pearls of wisdom that if applied will make one’s life more positive. It would be easy to dismiss this book as too simple, or too easy. After all, in the text Johnson refers to the story as common sense. But how many people actually apply the simple lessons of life? Treat others as you want to be treated is a universal lesson found throughout history, but do people actually apply it? Some do of course, but so many don’t.

Often, we spend countless hours, sometimes even lifetimes, searching for some profound truth or magic moment that will enlighten us and make all of our troubles disappear and success and riches materialize in abundances we only dream about. While searching for the complicated, we sometimes fail to listen to the simple. We forget what we know. We don’t apply the lessons we do learn because we are too busy looking for something greater.

What I like about “Peaks and Valleys” and the other books by Spencer Johnson is that they remind us of the simple, and encourage us to apply these simple lessons to our own lives. One of the lessons in “Peaks and Valleys” is to imagine yourself enjoying a better future in such specific, believable detail, that you soon enjoy doing what takes you there. This is not new. Earl Nightengale taught the same lesson in his “Strangest Secret.” Nightengale taught “We become what we think about most of the time.” Others have taught variations of this, and it is so simple that it is often overlooked.

Just because I have heard variations of this lesson before does not mean I didn’t enjoy it here. Like the young man in this book, I too forget these lessons at times, especially when the hustle and bustle and stresses of today’s world seem to overwhelm at times. The short time it took me to read “Peaks and Valleys” was a relaxing reminder of some important concepts that when followed make life better.

I would encourage anyone to take a little time for yourself, find a relaxing place, and enjoy this short parable by Spencer Johnson. Then take a little longer to assess how you can apply the lessons from this story to your own life. If you do, you just might find yourself enjoying more Peaks and realize your Valleys are not as bad as you thought.

Alain Burrese, J.D. is a mediator/attorney with Bennett Law Office P.C. and an author/speaker through his own company Burrese Enterprises Inc. He teaches people to live with the warrior’s edge through his writing and speaking on a variety of topics focusing on the business areas of negotiation and success principles as well as self-defense and safety topics. He is the author of Hard-Won Wisdom From the School of Hard Knocks, several instructional dvds, and numerous articles. You can find out more about Alain Burrese at his websites http://www.burrese.com  and http://bennettlawofficepc.com

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Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.

I Feel Great and You Will Too! – Guest Book Review

I Feel Great and You Will Too! By Pat Croce

Book Review by Alain Burrese

I first got to know Pat Croce from that invention reality show a while back called “American Inventor.” He was on the panel of judges, and I found myself liking him and the comments he made to the competitors.

So when I saw “I Feel Great and you will too!” by Pat Croce with Bill Lyon, I decided to check it out. The subtitle is “An Inspiring Journey Of Success With Practical Tips On How To Score Big In Life,” and I found the book to be just that.

I have to admit, this was one of the most enjoyable “self-help” or “success” books I have read in quite a while. I found Croce’s story inspiring and educational. Maybe it is the martial art connection we share, or that similar brashness and proneness to trouble, I’m not sure, I just know that I related to Croce and enjoyed his stories and found much wisdom in his advice.

Croce’s enthusiasm for life shines through in this text, even when he discusses his disappointments and challenges. In fact, it is his enthusiasm for life and his ultra positive outlook and attitude that helped him get past those hurdles.

Throughout the book there are little bold quotes titled “Pat Croce Pointer.” Some of these are old sayings and some are modifications of things your mother may have told you. Others are unique to Croce. All of them are practical and make sense if you adhere to them.

Reading Pat Croce’s story was uplifting and motivational. His passion is contagious and while reading this book you can’t help but feel great and motivated to get out and take action on your dreams and goals. Croce is a fascinating individual that I would thoroughly enjoy meeting for a drink and a discussion on how to conquer all obstacles in the path toward greatness.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants an uplifting life story and the encouragement to feel great! Read it and let Croce’s passion for life motivate you toward greatness.

[Alain Burrese, J.D. is a mediator/attorney with Bennett Law Office P.C. and an author/speaker through his own company Burrese Enterprises Inc. He teaches people to live with the warrior’s edge through his writing and speaking on a variety of topics focusing on the business areas of negotiation and success principles as well as self-defense and safety topics. He is the author of Hard-Won Wisdom From the School of Hard Knocks, several instructional DVDs, and numerous articles. You can find out more about Alain Burrese at his websites http://www.burrese.com and http://bennettlawofficepc.com]

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Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.

Guest Book Review: The Twelve Pillars

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A Book Overview on Twelve Pillars By Yolanda Allen

Twelve Pillars by Jim Rohn and Chris Widener is a short, easy to read story about a man named Michael Jones, who feels that his life is at a dead end. He meets an older gentleman named Charlie, who shares with Michael twelve “pillars” that have helped the owner of the house Charlie maintains, Mr. Davis, achieve great success. The story is somewhat predictable (I’m not going to tell you how though, you have to read the book), but effectively conveys each of the pillars. I presented these pillars to a group of college students a few months ago, and thought they would be good to share with you too.

Pillar 1 is “Personal Development.” This pillar highlights that you can achieve only to the level where you are. Key points on this pillar are success comes when you develop yourself beyond where you currently are; read books, attend seminars/speaker engagements, study the best people; and implement and integrate what you’ve learned. These points remind me of the definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. To get different results, you’ve got to change what you’re doing. “The only way things are going to change for you is when you change.”

Pillar 2 is “Total Well-Being” which is “three dimensional health.” The three dimensions are the body (physical), soul (our intellect, emotions, and will), and spirit (part of us that transcends this world). The Spirit is your core, the soul is the next layer, and the body is the outside layer. You need to work on all three, don’t just work on one to the detriment of the others. The relationship between the three dimensions highlights the need to be transparent, sincere, and genuine. Let people see you as you really are. “You should make sure the outside of you is a good reflection of the inside of you.”

The third Pillar is “The Gift of Relationships.” Relationships represent the “most beautiful highs” and the “most tormented lows” of life. Relationships are the backbone of our existence. Twelve Pillars explains that relationships are like a garden, you have to cultivate them. Once you get them up and running, the maintenance to keep them growing is much easier. “Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.” People say that money that makes the world go around, but I believe relationships are what make the world go around because things get done through people.

Pillar 4 is “Achieve Your Goals.” I’ve heard and read many times that you should write your goals down. Writing them bring them into reality. A side benefit of achieving your goals is that you become a better person. “The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it.” Something I learned from someone elsewhere is that plans will change, but your goals will stay the same. A good approach for checking your progress is “Plan, Do, Check, Adjust.”

“The Proper Use of Time” is the fifth Pillar. There are two types of pain, the pain of discipline, which weighs only ounces, and the pain of regret, which weighs tons. Don’t procrastinate, the end of your life will come sooner than you expect; don’t wait until it’s too late. Remember that when you spend a day, you have one less day to spend, so spend each day wisely. “Every day has many opportunities, but only one best opportunity.” The best opportunities are those that align with your overall goals. Know the difference between the urgent and the important.

“Surround Yourself with the Best People” is Pillar 6. “Don’t join an easy crowd; you won’t grow. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform are high.” People have an amazing power to influence your destiny. Every relationship you have is an association, be it positive, neutral, or negative. Ask yourself the following questions about your relationships. Who am I around? What effect are they having on me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? What do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself if you’re good with the answers. Categorize every person you meet. Is he or she someone you should disassociate with, have limited association with, or should you expand your association? Surround yourself with winners, successful people who exhibit and live consistent to values and skills you want to acquire and develop. You become like those you hang out with, so be picky.

Pillar 7 is “Be a Life-Long Learner.” Most of your life is lived after formal education. “Formal education will make you a living. Self education will make you a fortune.” Self education is about what you teach yourself and what you learn along the way so you are constantly improving and growing. Learning is the beginning of wealth, health, and spirituality. Read books, observe successful people, reflect on your own experiences; learn what went right and what went wrong. Help others by sharing what you’ve learned.

“All of Life is Sales” is the eighth Pillar.  Sales means influence and influence is the key to a successful life; learn the art and skill of influence. “One key to having influence with others is to have others perceive you as a person of talent and virtues.” Your talent and virtues represent your character and skill. Be a person of strong character and increasing skill and you will always be growing your influence.

Pillar 9 is “Income Seldom Exceeds Personal Development.” Money doesn’t solve the problems of life; you can lose it, be sued for it, or it can be stolen. What’s important is what you become because, “What you become directly influences what you get.” Become a million dollar person. Remember, even if you lose money, you have the skills to earn it again.

“All Communication Brings the Common Ground of Understanding” is Pillar 10. “Communication is two or more people working together to find the common ground understanding. And when they find that common ground, they are positioned to have tremendous power together.” Communication is hard, yet important in all relationships. It’s about what you say, how you say it, when you say it, and the receptiveness of who you say it to. Make sure you really listen. The character behind listening is caring enough and valuing the other person enough to want to listen. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Pillar 11 is “The World Can Always Use One More Great Leader.” Anyone can be a great leader, all is takes is mastering the art of influence. Leaders make a difference through servant hood. “To lead others is to help them change their thoughts, beliefs and actions for the better.” Be interested in people, not just in what you can get from them. Help people with more than just their jobs, help them with their lives. A critical component is the leader-follower relationship, which must be built on trust and integrity. Great leaders are real, they know where they are. Great leaders have an optimistic vision, they know how to get to a better destination and work towards that vision. Another quote I like that captures the essence of leadership is, “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”

Finally, Pillar 12 is “Leave a Legacy.” Life is short. You can’t choose how long you will live, but you can choose how well you will live. “Live a life that will help others spiritually, intellectually, physically, financially and relationally. Live a life that serves as an example of what an exceptional life can look like.” The path we walk has been prepared for us by others who have gone before us. So live your life in such a way that it will serve those who come after you. Blaze a trail that will allow others to move forward in their lives faster than if they had to blaze the trail themselves.

As you can see, the twelve pillars are interdependent; you can’t just focus on one and neglect the others. The bottom line is that you have a choice about your life, “Make a Living or Design a Life.”  I hope you find value in these pillars and will be inspired to pick up Twelve Pillars and apply the pillars to your life and business.

Happy Business Building,


Yolanda Allen is a program manager working for the US government. She owns a home based business specializing in financial education and uses the internet to market her business. Yolanda and her business partners teach other business owners online marketing and have set a goal to create 100 millionaires by 2012. To learn more about Yolanda’s business, marketing system, and business partners, visit http://www.YBAMarketing.com

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Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.