[ARC] Creating Success – Kogan Page

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Creating Success is a publishing line by Kogan Page, related to text and manuals useful to improve specific working skills. I had the chance to read four of the various books of the series, and here follows my comment about them, in the order I read them.

  • Develop Your Presentation Skills by Theo Theobald
  • How to Write a Business Plan by Brian Finch
  • How to Write Reports and Proposals by Patrick Forsyth
  • Successful Project Management by Trevor L. Young

Develop Your Presentation Skills by Theo Theobald

From the title I tought that the book was about improving slides (in Italian presentation ~ slides), but it is about the whole path to public present something: how to open the presentation, how to close it, how to catch the listener attention.

The book provides some hints about presentation, but they are not suited for technical presentation but for general purpose and more engaging ones (TED talk style for example).

To improve slides I suggest other books like Nancy Duarte‘s Slideology, Resonate, Garr Reynold‘s Presentation Zen.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

How to Write a Business Plan by Brian Finch

Here what you see is what you get, since the book is totally focused on how to write a business plan, from the fundamental questions: who has to read it? Why am I writing it?

The book analyze the typical business plan’s chapters and provides some examples. It’s interesting and useful for who has to write the first business plan, for the others the book is useful as a review of already known topics.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

How to Write Reports and Proposals by Patrick Forsyth

This book is about writing report: how to make them interesting without being verbose and inserting all the needed information.

This topic is linked with the communication (how can I let the reader understand the point I’m trying to make?) and the author points out how the use of language is crucial to produce a quality text. Mastering a language is not only to avoid grammatical errors – that are obviously banned – but also to choose the better phrase to introduce a concept.

The book is interesting and covers the whole writing process (introduction, exposition, use of charts, report aesthetic), some topics can be further studied reading other books (like Good Charts to produce understandable charts).

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

Successful Project Management by Trevor L. Young

This last book is about project management, and deals with the topic from the organizational level (in the company, where the PM activity is placed?) till the operational level, by pointing out actions and useful activities to carry on a good project management.

The book contains also some tables useful to organize the activity and some checklist useful to evaluate the phase the work is.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.


* Develop Your Presentation Skills by Theo Theobald ★★☆☆☆½
* How to Write a Business Plan
by Brian Finch ★★★☆☆½
* How to Write Reports and Proposals
by Patrick Forsyth ★★★☆☆½
* Successful Project Management
by Trevor L. Young ★★★☆☆½

*I read this book in english

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