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Books by Sheila Krejci


The Engaging Expert: a FieldBook for Occasional Speakers and Accidental Trainers (Volume 1)

Sheila and Terri share personal examples of leveraging practical ideas, tools, techniques in presentations to audiences of 5 to 500.  “Beginning with the End in Mind” and concluding with a “Call to Action” are critical steps to elevate your next presentation from great to WOW! You’ll find practical tools for engaging audiences, suggestions for materials and media to support your key messages and evaluating your effectiveness as a presenter.


Networking is a Lifetime Skill: Giving, Encouraging, Supporting without keeping score!
Consider a trapeze artist in motion. Before performing, she makes sure her safety net is in place—secure, strong and supportive. The net allows the artist to take chances, practice new routines and build her confidence for the big show. And, it’s always there…just in case. How is your NET working? Networking is a Lifetime Skill uses stories to illustrate the vitality to career and life of building, nurturing and continually reenergizing your personal and professional tapestry of contacts and relationship skills for a lifetime. Just when you need a resource, a position, a client, or even a fresh perspective, you’ll have a myriad of potential candidates to assist when your NET is securely in place.


How To Hire The Right Consultant: Confessions From Consultants About Gettting More for Your Money

Read tips, recommendations and questions—everything you need to effectively hire and work with a consultant before you even get together directly from consultants in multiple industries. Sheila’s Chapter 13 provides examples and relevant questions to ask when engaging a learning and development or training consultant.

Recommended Print Resources from Amazon

Active Training:  A Handbook of Technique, Designs, Case Examples and Tips by Mel Silverman 

From assessing training needs to extending the value of an active training program, Active Training covers a lot of ground.  In its 3rd edition, a new chapter describes the spotlight on learner rather than instructor, (active training), relating to online and e Learning applications.

Such a great resource for trainers and presenters.

Brain Rules (Updated and Expanded): 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

In a way, John Medina is to neuroscience what Carl Sagan was to astronomy.  Who knew that the lofty science of brain research could give us such easily implemented tips on how to get the most out of our brains in the messiness of our everyday lives?

A MUST READ for anyone who presents to an audience of adults!

The Engaging Expert: a FieldBook for Occasional Speakers and Accidental Trainers (Volume 1)

Sheila and Terri share personal examples of leveraging practical ideas, tools, techniques in presentations to audiences of 5 to 500.  “Beginning with the End in Mind” and concluding with a “Call to Action” are critical steps to elevate your next presentation from great to WOW!

Telling Ain’t Training by Stolovitch, Harold D., Keeps, Erica J. (2011) Paperback

Stolovich and Keeps packed their upbeat little book full of pragmatic tips and instantly useable ideas on “Why training fails, what makes training successful, and how you and your learners can achieve astonishing results.” Easily transferrable to any presenter moving his or her audience to take action.


The Exceptional Presenter: A Proven Formula to Open Up and Own the Room

Washington based media consultant Tim Koegel helps us develop a presentation style that is organized yet passionate and engaging. Using checklists and practice charts, TEP is a quick read for today’s busy executives and other presenters..

SCORE 3: Super Closers, Openers, Revisiters, Energizers

SCORE! Is now a series of workbooks stuffed with easy-to-skim instructions for dozens of presentation activities. Since the book is for a general audience, the content focus of the activities is extremely general, but you can easily make them specific to your content.

90 World-Class Activities by 90 World-Class Trainers

Sixteen chapters are divided into training topics with activities and complete instructions contributed by 90 world class trainers!  Easily replicated for your speaking session.

Recommended Online Resources for Presenters

Cathy Moore

Cathy Moore’s blog focuses on e-learning, but don’t be fooled into thinking it doesn’t apply to what you do as a trainer/facilitator.  Her short, often humorous posts have fabulous advice for anyone designing learning experiences.  Be sure to check out the “Popular Posts” in the right column to see hugely useful nuggets.

Cathy Moore

Jane Bozarth

Jane Bozarth is a huge advocate of using informal learning and social media, and her posts often focus on how to identify whether formal training really is the best solution to the problem you’re trying to solve. Bozarth is passionate about stripping content to what is most useful and most timely to the learner.

Jane Bozarth

Dave Zielinski

Dave Zielinski’s community of presentation practitioners including media designers and presenters providing tutorials, webinars, articles, monthly newsletter and an online community sharing free and low cost learning and speaking opportunities for presenters.

Presenter Expert

Garr Reynolds

Garr Reynolds’ blog (and best-selling book by the same title) is full of bite-sized pointers to make your next presentation more impactful.

Presentation Zen

Sheila Krejci

Articles, BLOGS, whitepapers, books, e-books and workshop opportunities to take elevate your presentations from great to WOW!

Sheila K Consulting

Slide Magnet

The tips on this upbeat site apply to using any type of visuals effectively, not just PowerPoint.

Slide Magnet

Olivia Mitchell

Olivia Mitchell’s user-friendly website includes a blog that is easy to search and easy to read.  It is especially useful for times when you have a specific presentation problem you are trying to solve and need quick, concise recommendations.

Speaking About Presenting

Julie Dirksen

Julie Dirksen’s blog often contains pithy comics that immediately bring the abstractions of design and facilitation into “now I get it!” moments of insight for the Real World.

Usable Learning

Dave Paradi

with loads of FREE resources; many specific to creating impactful presentation slides, Dave Paradi has a wealth of information, ideas, slide makeovers and articles that are practical and immediately useful in planning, designing and delivering presentations.

Think Outside the Slide