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Using the Element of SURPRISE!

josh routh book mind blowing presentations

This book is a fun and informative look at the world of giving presentations from the unique perspective of Joshua Routh, an entertainer who also happens to be a corporate trainer, comedy mentalist, actor, sword swallower, theater director, juggler, acrobat, hypnotist, circus performer, and former forest firefighter.

Oh, and he once won a pie eating contest.

Not only does this book offer advanced tips and tricks for polishing your presentation skills, every other chapter is a SURPRISE! that a presenter can use to keep their audience engaged.

The 14 SURPRISE! chapters cover a wide spectrum of amazing activities such as Games, Puzzles, Psychological Mysteries, Magic, Mentalism and Mind Reading Tricks! Many of these activities translate to virtual meetings as well and are explored in two chapters solely dedicated to virtual events.

You would be mistaken if you think that these SURPRISE! chapters are merely silly diversions. Every SURPRISE! chapter comes complete with the tips and suggestions on how to make the activity content specific or to use it as a metaphor to convey your ideas.

Plus, this unique book is full of chapters on concepts that presenters think about, or maybe have only heard of, but never really got the inside scoop on. These topics are laid bare and revealed in an insightful, informative, and often humorous way.

These topics include:

  • Crafting your presentation character

  • Dealing with fear

  • Using humor effectively

  • Curation of the performing space

  • Creating a rider

  • Preparing yourself physically for a presentation

  • The power of debrief

  • Understanding the Rhetorical Appeals

  • How to use quotes properly

  • Effective dialogue with your audience


This entertaining book has been found by its readers to be universally accessible and valuable for small venue presenters and professional speakers alike.

Be warned. This is not your standard dry business book full of clichés and worn out ideas. Buckle up. Here there be dragons.

This book is not for everyone, but if you are a presenter that is ready to level up and blow minds, this book is for you.