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The world is full of brilliant people whose ideas are never heard. This book is designed to make sure that you're not one of them. Even for the most self-confident among us, public speaking can be a nerve-racking ordeal. Whether we are speaking to a large audience, within a group, or in a one-on-one conversation, the way in which we communicate ideas, as much as the ideas themselves, can determine success or failure. In this invaluable guide by two of today's most sought-after communication experts, Peter Meyers and Shann Nix offer a comprehensive approach for tackling the underlying obstacles that almost all of us experience when faced with speaking in public. In As We Speak, you'll learn to master the three building blocks at the core of their approach: Content: Organize the information you want to convey and construct a clear and lucid architecture of ideas that will lead your listener through a memorable emotional experience. Delivery: Use your body, voice, eyes, and hands in ways that engage your audience and naturally support your message. State: Bring yourself into peak performance condition. Your state is the way you feel when you perform, and it is both the most powerful and most frequently overlooked component of communication. Meyers and Nix show how to apply these principles in a wide variety of situations. You'll learn how to handle difficult face-to-face conversations with colleagues, friends, and family; how to make the best use of e-mail, phone, video conference, and other technology; and how to communicate in a crisis, when all eyes are on you and emotions are running high. Meyers and Nix also emphasize that effective communication is impossible without first becoming aware of your own true goals and personal beliefs, and they offer helpful tools and exercises that will lead you to greater clarity and self-knowledge. Accessible, inspiring, and laden with useful tips, As We Speak will help you discover your authentic voice and learn to convey your ideas in the most powerful and memorable way possible.
What really wows iPad fans is when their touchscreen does what's impossible on other gadgets: the finger-painting app that turns a cross-country flight into a moving art class, the mini music studio (two-dozen instruments strong, each with motion-induced warble effects), and the portable fireworks display that you sculpt by swiping. Problem is, with tens of thousands of apps available for your iPad, who knows what to download? You can try to sort through a gazillion customer reviews with a mix of 5- and 1-star ratings, but that's a head-hurting time-waster. The stakes are getting higher, too: instead of freebies and 99-cent trinkets, the price of iPad apps is steadily creeping up and beyond their iPhone predecessors. Best iPad Apps guides you to the hidden treasures in the App Store's crowded aisles. Author Peter Meyers stress-tested thousands of options to put together this irresistible, page-turner of a catalog. Inside these pages, you'll find apps as magical as the iPad itself. Flip through the book for app suggestions, or head directly to one of several categories we've loaded up with "best of" selections to help you: Get work done Manipulate photos Make movies Create comics Browse the Web better Take notes Outline ideas Track your health Explore the world No matter how you use your iPad, Best iPad Apps will help you find the real gems among the rubble -- so you make the most of your glossy gadget.
"Multimedia" and "interactivity" are the poster kids for ebooks' potential, but how do they really make books better? Breaking the Page delivers an inspirational answer, filled with real-world examples that demonstrate how innovators are fulfilling screen publishing's promise without botching the reading experience. Every digital book ingredient gets a deep-tissue inspection. From navigational dashboards to new kinds of indexes, from animated typography to stop-motion tutorials, Breaking the Page maps out how to conceive reader-friendly productions. Above all, it's a skeptic's design guide--as much about what to leave out as what to put in. It will challenge you to think about adding enhancements not simply because you can but, instead, only when you should. Coverage includes advice on how to: * Integrate audio, links, and motion so they partner with prose rather than distract from it * Design content to match the reader's mindset--from info snackers to patient perusers * Compose for the traditional page as well as the "infinite canvas" * Instrument "smarter" books that aid memory and assist comprehension * Conceive multi-state graphics and customizable charts * Embed social tools to harness reader enthusiasm while respecting their need to focus * Make sense of everything from eInk to ePub, and from app books to books in browsers
<p>Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD combines the most popular e-reader and tablet features in one sleek package, and with this entertaining guide, you’ll master everything the Fire has to offer. With loads of illustrations, step-by-step instructions, and savvy tips, you’ll learn how to manage your media library in the cloud, find the coolest apps, and make the most of your Kindle Fire experience—no matter which model you choose.</p>
<p>Enter a bright new world of entertainment with Amazon’s red hot tablet. This guide lights the way with lots of illustrations and step-by-step instructions for browsing the Web, emailing, playing games, and viewing books, movies, and magazines in blazing color. Learn how to manage your media library on the Fire and in the cloud—and where to find the coolest apps. Everything you need is right here.</p>