Book Review

13 Proven Ways to Get Your Message Across

Reviewed by Coral May Grout,
Assistant Superintendent, Athol-Royalston Regional
School District, Athol, Mass.


As school organizations continue to become more community-oriented, the necessity of presenting information increases.

Ernest Brewer, author of 13 Proven Ways to Get Your Message Across, outlines different methods to present information to groups large and small. Each method includes step-by-step procedures, an outline of appropriate uses and advantages, disadvantages and potential limitations to each option. This book would serve as a useful resource for busy administrators or any educator who serves as a group trainer or presenter and feels some apprehension about doing so. The book includes a checklist to assist presenters in determining which format may be best for the situation and group.

Brewer outlines four goals. He suggests that presenters can recharge their communication potential by reviewing a series of skills. They should determine which method is most appropriate for the audience and presentation topic; adapt presentation skills to different audiences; and learn ways to become a more effective presenter.

The author has prepared many of the planning sheets in a way that they can be copied easily for use in presentations.

(13 Proven Ways to Get Your Message Across, by Ernest W. Brewer, Corwin Press, 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, Calif. 91320-2218, 1997, 120 pp., $24.95 softcover)