Secrets of dynamic communication (Thomas Nelson, 2013)



Speaking is one of the things I enjoy. I love to share the things that I have learned before a group of people. I love the interaction and the look on faces when they really grasp what I am trying to clarify. Good and helpful books on speaking are rare. Largely this has to do with the fact that we are talking about speaking and not about writing. I have been willing to go to the SCORRE conference for quite some time. The problem is that I am in Europe and the conference is in the US. In fact going to the conference is on my Someday / Maybe list. Now that I have read the book I understand even more why people are so excited about this conference.

When I heard about this new book by Ken Davis about communication and more specific about the SCORRE method also thaught at the SCORRE conference I was reluctant to pick it up. Because I couldn’t imagine that presenting a complete method for crafting a speech, lecture or any talk would fit in a book. Wrong!

The acronym SCORRE stands for Subject Central Theme Objective Rationale Resources Evaluation. It is the basis for developing any talk. It all starts with a subject that you need to narrow to a central theme. In one simple sentence (objective) you write down the very purpose of your talk. To make the talk really powerful you need a logical framework (rationale) and resources to bring light, color and clarity to the talk. Evaluation means that throughout the proces you need to constantly evaluate to make sure you are on the right track.

Ken Davis has succeeded in writing a practical, fun to read book on communication. It provides clear steps from start to beginning for crafting and delivering talks. It has helped me take my public speaking to the next level.

This book provides you with:
– A solid methodological approach to prepare and deliver talks;
– Practical steps to take to enhance your public speaking;
– Tips and tricks to help in the various stages of public speaking;

This book will stay on my iPad as an ebook. In reading it once I gained a better insight in what is at stake when you try to communicate something. Over time I will refer back to it for concrete helpful ideas and tips when I am preparing my next talk.

Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well


When I started in this book I couldn’t help but think that it was primarily targeted towards older people. After I finished the book I came to the conclusion that from my perspective that is the case.

I choose to read the book because of a visit that is planned to Charlotte, the hometown of Billy Graham. Over the years I have read and heard a lot of his life and achievements. Even though the book is written from his own perspective that he is nearing Home everyone can benefit from what is on the pages of this book.

I could sense the experience, the wisdom and the profound grace his speaking and writing has always been full of. Thinking about the end of your life is not something a lot of people like to do. In picking up this book and reading it you are faced with some of the tough and deep questions of life. Billy Graham has chosen to be open, frank and direct in this book. It is as the subtitle says a book about life, faith and finishing well. What struck me most is the amount of practical tips and advice in this book. And most of his advice isn’t only for elderly people. There is a truth for everyone:

Well, not all elderly people can climb behind the wheel of a dream car or get face-lifts, but we do have the choice to be content with where we are in life.

I guess that is something to think about!


#iPadOnly: the first real post-PC book

Let me begin by quoting from the book Michael Sliwinski and Augusto Pinaud wrote about their journey using only their iPad.

“The goal is to inspire you to challenge your habits, question your workflows and take a look at how you work on your computer from a different perspective.”

In short: the authors have succeeded in this goal. They have challenged my habits, questioned my workflow and they have given me an insight in working with the iPad that has proven valuable. Within days I experienced new ways to use the iPad. I have used the iPad since the day it became available. I have been thinking about trying an iPad only approach but wasn’t sure it would work out. After reading this book I will definitely try it for the next month.

After two 4 hours of working #iPadOnly I already have found a couple of tasks that I cannot do on the iPad. In my GTD system I have created a new context, @Macbook, for those tasks I need my MacBook Pro for. But several other tasks I considered not doable have been working out smoothly with less distraction.

If you want to get more out of your iPad this book is definitely worth reading. If you really want to try out the iPadOnly approach this book is a very good start. But just at the authors say you will need to figure out how your workflows work on the iPad. I really like the honest approach Michael and Augusto have chosen in writing this book. For some it may be too far fetched but they are hitting a nerve. I sure hope they will update the book regularly because they will find more uses for the #iPadOnly way of using your iPad. I think I will.

The link in the title of this post is to the Amazon Kindle version. If you want to buy the iPad iBooks version you may use this link.