Sunday, January 18, 2009

Free Download of an eBook, T J Walker’s Secret to Foolproof Presentations

T J Walker is offering a free download of the Acrobat .pdf file e-book version of his forthcoming 176-page book T J Walker’s Secret to Foolproof Presentations. I downloaded it, glanced at it and saw some useful information on rehearsing. I have no connection with Mr. Walker other than that I sometimes read his Insights blog. Downloading the eBook puts you on his email list, which I later unsubscribed. So far I have not gotten any other unsolicited email to indicate my information went anywhere else.

There is a chapter titled “Should I rehearse, and for how long?” which begins on page 23 of the Acrobat file (page 9 of the text). He says that you should always video record your presentation. If you do not already have a camcorder, then he suggests other possibilities such as a cell phone or web cam. He also suggests that you might go buy an inexpensive Flip digital video camcorder.

My cell phone does not have video, and I don’t have a webcam. I had a tripod, but not a camcorder. So, I took a trip over to my local thrift store and for ~$10 got a huge, old, VHS camcorder kit (complete with a hard case for storage). There was no battery (but I got an AC adapter for another $2), and the recorder mechanism was dead. What I wanted was just the video camera, since I already have a DVD recorder hooked to my television. I stopped at Radio Shack and got longer cables (another ~$10) to connect the camcorder to the phono jack inputs on the front of my DVD recorder. Presto - my living room has become a video studio for practicing presentations!


Michael KRoth said...


Great tip on the download and strategy for recording presentations.

Over the years I have recorded myself quite abit but not lately - and I need to!

Don't we all......


Richard I. Garber said...


Your comment got me thinking about how to audio record my next speech at Toastmasters. My first thought was to bring along a big old CD/cassette/boombox and record a cassette. Another possibility was a pocket-size Sony digital voice recorder I bought several years ago. The Sony has a headphone jack, but no digital connection to transfer the sound file to my computer.

Then I remembered that I have a little Sandisk 1 Gb MP3 music player and FM radio which also can record voice. I printed out the right page from the instruction manual about how to navigate the complicated menu, and then tried a 5 minute recording. A recording is stored as a Wave Sound files that I can move to my PC for permanent storage. On the PC I can play it via Windows Media Player. The file size is about 1 Mb per minute, so I could save ~1000 minutes (16 hours) of voice recording if I cleared out all of my music. Also I could archive around 10 hours of audio on a single CD.

S. Joshi said...

Hi Richard,

Could you mail me an ebook of T J Walker's Secret to Foolproof Presentation on I really want to read after reading your post.


Richard I. Garber said...

Mr. Joshi:

The promotional link for a free download has expired.

You can read a preview of the first 34 pages from this book at Google Books.

You can purchase a PDF version here for $10 US.