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Business Productivity Strategies for Success (Collection) by Daniel Silvert, Merrick Rosenberg, Mark I. Woods, Jerry Weissman, Martha I. Finney, Trapper Woods

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58. Listening and Laughing with Johnny Carson

Late Night Lessons for Presenters

In Presentations in Action, you read how Johnny Carson, the legendary late night television star, serves as a role model for two critical factors in presentations: listening and the danger of humor. Those lessons were reinforced by the release of a compilation of selections of Mr. Carson’s television programs called, Tonight: 4 Decades of The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.

The collection was reviewed by the television critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, David Wiegand, who described Mr. Carson’s listening skills perfectly:

It wasn’t so much that Carson was a good interviewer—it was that he was a superb listener, giddier when one of his guests got off a good ...

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