Category: Business, Leadership and coaching
Publication date: October 19, 2018
Extent: 232 pages

Executive Presentations

Develop presence to speak with confidence and skill

Jacqui Harper



This book equips executives to give compelling and clear presentations: the kind of presentations that drive corporate change and innovation AND make reputations. And it’s all down to presence.

Presence works at three levels – what you say, how you use your body, and your mindset.
Level 1: Discover how to transform ideas and business messages with a simple 5-step tool.
Level 2: Learn how to leverage your physical presence when speaking, including your style, body language and vocal presence.
Level 3: Speak with confidence and resilience by developing your mindset, with four powerful tools to transform the way you think as you prepare to present.
Jacqui Harper writes in a warm, authoritative style. Her rich blend of tools, tips and expert advice will help you become a consistently outstanding communicator.


“Jacqui’s writing style is almost like having her there next to you, talking with you, coaching, you and encouraging you to take the next step into building the most incredible presentations. Her effective yet simple use of BLAB and BRIBE have changed the lives of so many presenters and it is clear from her stories she has worked with the best. Forget the lavish workshops and put your worries to one side and read this book – you will be captured by her examples. Having worked with Jacquis her book is totally congruent – ‘she says what she does’ and it works.” Cheryl Winter

“I’d really recommend this book, whether you’re new to giving presentations or you’re looking to refresh and renew your existing techniques. Jacqui really knows her subject, and her advice is structured around the three inter-related topics of words, body and mind. I found it really practical and helpful.” Clare Painter

“I loved this book because it is relevant, practical, innovative and easy to read. I enjoy making presentations but have probably not done myself justice in the past, or had the most impact, because I was missing some key insights. As a former TV presenter, Jacqui has put her training and knowledge and charisma into this book so all of us can benefit and I am sure I will have more impact if I put Jacqui’s insights into practice. I am not alone in finding this type of resource invaluable. I was reading it on my commute and sitting opposite a woman on her way to make a presentation. She was sketching out a spider diagram and caught sight of Jacqui’s book which contains a similar diagram and tips on how to use it. She was so impressed she took a photo of the book on the phone before heading off to address several 100 people. This is a really good book and I thoroughly recommend it.” Merrill

“Writing a book is an act of selflessness. As well as the sacrifice, hours and thought put into the process, the author allows the reader to gain a unique insight into their hard-won wisdom and experience simply from reading it. Jacqui embodies this idea wonderfully with this book. In her direct, clear style, she shares powerful and effective advice sure to help you take your speaking to the next level. Many books of this kind can alienate the reader due to complex concepts and language; Jacqui simplifies concepts into memorable patterns, such as the BRIBE model, neatly packaging them for application into your next presentation. Simply a must-read – one of the leading books I have read in this field.” Simon Day

“Very useful book for anyone who needs to speak or give presentations in a professional capacity, covering the three crucial aspects of words, body and mind. It’s very practical and Jacqui’s years of experience shines through the words.” Dr P Pullan



‘This book exudes Jacqui’s trademark optimism, warmth and directness. She has unique credibility to write such a book because she has experience in the tough world of television news, she is a coach and an accomplished teacher. The book is full of sensible immensely practical advice on how to make presentations with impact. I am an experienced presenter myself but I learnt a lot from it, for instance the importance of how you actually walk on to that stage and how to use pauses. Whether you have to make short, powerful contributions in meetings or address 500 people in a conference centre, I strongly recommend this book for its distilled common sense and expert advice.’ – Jenny Rogers, Executive coach and author
‘This book should be required reading for anyone who needs to communicate via speeches! Jacqui has produced a very useful and eminently practical book, covering the key areas of words, body and mind, along with a section of solutions and top tips. The lovely thing about Jacqui’s writing is that, while she’s a consummate professional and a visiting professor at INSEAD, her writing isn’t dull and academic. It’s easy to read and full of memorable stories from Jacqui and her clients’ experience. In fact, I had to stop myself laughing out loud a few times as I read it, as I would have disturbed the other passengers on my flight! I would recommend this book to anyone who is serious about communications. I will be applying several of the tips to my own keynote speeches, safe in the knowledge that they are tried and tested, and that they will work for me as they have for so many others. Well done Jacqui!’ – Dr Penny Pullan, Keynote speaker and Director, Making Projects Work Ltd.
‘Executive Presentations guides you, step by step, to a nirvana where, when you speak, you are compelling, trustworthy, authentic and inspire confidence. Jacqui shows you how to combine the practical with the physical and emotional to become a leader people believe in. Buy it. Read it. Enjoy your success.’ – Joanne Gill, Director, GLR Public Relations
‘Anyone who does any kind of presentation or public speaking knows just how difficult it is to deliver not only a memorable message but also one that engages with the audience. In this book, Jacqui has laid out strategies and concepts for delivering powerful and engaging presentation in the most straight forward and easily digestible way. This book will help you deliver your message with maximum effect. A must read for anyone looking to achieve impact and develop a powerful executive presence on any stage!’ – Griselda Togobo, Entrepreneur, consultant, speaker, lecturer, author, CEO –
‘Jacqui shares her experiences in her usual stylish and warm way- her book should be on everyone’s reading list from 13 upwards. If you can write and present well, everything else is easy.’ – Meena Heath, Founder, Global Leaders in Law



Paperback / 9781788600163 / October 19, 2018 / £15.99

Ebook / 9781788600590 / October 19, 2018 / £8.99

Paperback and eBook Bundle / £18.24


Jacqui Harper

Jacqui is called the ‘presentation doctor’ at INSEAD, the number one global business school (Financial Times, 2017), where she is a visiting professor teaching Executive Presence.

Previously a TV news anchor for the BBC, she has also presented news programmes for Sky News and ITV.

As a communication coach at Crystal Business Coaching, Jacqui has transformed Executive Presentations for over fifteen years. Her clients include CEOs of global corporations and staff at The Foreign Office.

This is Jacqui’s second book: her first, ‘Voices of Experience: The Professional’s Guide to Making Great Presentations’, was published by How To Books in 2005.