Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery Paperback – Dec 17 2007
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"Please don't buy this book! Once people start making better presentations, mine won’t look so good. (But if you truly want to learn what works and how to do it right, Garr is the man to learn from.)"
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"Garr is a beacon of hope for frustrated audiences everywhere. His design philosophy and fundamental principles bring life to messages and can invigorate careers. His principles of simplicity are as much a journey of the soul as they are restraint of the mouse."
CEO, Duarte Design
"Presentation Zen is just fantastic. Best of all it's not another recipe book about “how to make slides” — this is about re-imagining how your entire presentation will work together as a persuasive and integrated show, from conception through delivery. Awesome."
From the Back Cover
FOREWORD BY GUY KAWASAKI
Presentation designer and internationally acclaimed communications expert Garr Reynolds, creator of the most popular Web site on presentation design and delivery on the Net —presentationzen.com— shares his experience in a provocative mix of illumination, inspiration, education, and guidance that will change the way you think about making presentations with PowerPoint or Keynote. Presentation Zen challenges the conventional wisdom of making "slide presentations" in today's world and encourages you to think differently and more creatively about the preparation, design, and delivery of your presentations. Garr shares lessons and perspectives that draw upon practical advice from the fields of communication and business. Combining solid principles of design with the tenets of Zen simplicity, this book will help you along the path to simpler, more effective presentations.
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I cannot convey the frustrations I’ve had sitting through countless lectures, workshops, or sermons where the presentation slides have been slowly killing my mind and my soul. Thank God for Garr Reynolds, one of the best evangelists for presentation design and delivery. I love his heart for all things design, presentation, and art related.
I devoured this book in a few hours (it’s quite simple… but not simplistic). Very practical steps on how to prepare, design, deliver, and take the next steps for your development in presentation design and delivery. This book is also (probably) the ONLY book that the foreword was written in SLIDE format (done by Guy Kawasaki).
If you don’t want to get the book, check out Reynolds blog: P[...]
For an idea of the presentation design offered by Reynolds, check out the following video (part of the google talks series): [...]
By comparison, my dentist has always covered his walls with beautiful bleed images of gorgeous places combined with intriguing sayings about life. Those posters are the only uplifting thing about my trips to the dentist's office. He doesn't tell me any entertaining stories.
In presentationzen, Garr Reynolds shares with us that today's audiences like a standard PowerPoint presentation about as much as I like going to the dentist (I doubt if you are surprised by that). His prescription is to turn the typical presentation into a series of stories aided by exhibits that remind me of those dental posters while being very responsive (present . . . in his terminology) to the audience.
The book's main strength, and one that makes it well worth reading and following, is in describing a process that can be used to create a presentation that will be compelling. Even when I see a presentation that I like, I don't learn much from the example because the presenter doesn't share the process behind the result.
The examples almost all showed someone in a black turtle neck, black pants, and black shoes who looked like a Steve Jobs acolyte. As a result, there's an Apple versus Microsoft tone to the book that didn't match any environment where I ever see or give presentations (usually board rooms and senior corporate conference rooms).Read more ›
If you've discovered that life is too short for long-winded books and are looking for a straightforward, no muss, no fuss guide to presentations, one that is well written and well designed, (apart, perhaps, from the cover, which I find much less attractive than any of the layouts inside the book) and gives lots of examples so that you can see exactly what the author means and why it makes sense, try Robin Williams' The Non-Designer's Presentation book. It's not only better; it's also cheaper. The Non-Designer's Presentation Book
Many people have the misconception that presentations are about giving a bunch of information to people for their use. However, studies have shown time and time again that most people really remember very little from a presentation.
So - what ARE presentations about? They are about persuasion, discussion, and transmitting ideas.
You will definitely have a new perspective on the art of giving presentations after reading this book.
Note: if you don't plan to give any presentations, you may want to avoid this - your new perspective will make most presentations you watch afterwards seem like a big waste of time!
Most recent customer reviews
If you want to create meaningful and memorable presentations that keep people interested and engaged instead of bored and with eyes glazed over, then this book is a must have!!Published 15 months ago by Delores A.
super way to organize your thinking for a presentation as well as giving presentationPublished 24 months ago by scrubble4
Being in my last year of university, I began to notice the importance of effective communication and how it has helped me succeed over other students... Read morePublished on Dec 17 2009 by nomad777
This is simply a must for all who prepare presentation. Easy to read and to understand this book is a wonderful experience, an enlightening experience. Read morePublished on March 24 2009 by Francois Lavallee
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