Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (Voices That Matter)

Presentation Zen Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery Voices That Matter Best selling author and popular speaker Garr Reynolds is back in this newly revised edition of his classic best selling book Presentation Zen in which he showed readers there is a better way to rea

  • Title: Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (Voices That Matter)
  • Author: Garr Reynolds
  • ISBN: 9780321811981
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Paperback
  • Best selling author and popular speaker Garr Reynolds is back in this newly revised edition of his classic, best selling book, Presentation Zen, in which he showed readers there is a better way to reach the audience through simplicity and storytelling, and gave them the tools to confidently design and deliver successful presentations.In this new edition, Garr gives his rBest selling author and popular speaker Garr Reynolds is back in this newly revised edition of his classic, best selling book, Presentation Zen, in which he showed readers there is a better way to reach the audience through simplicity and storytelling, and gave them the tools to confidently design and deliver successful presentations.In this new edition, Garr gives his readers new, fresh examples to draw inspiration from, with a whole new chapter for those who present on technical and educational topics based on techniques used by many presenters who give high level talks at TED and other powerhouse events Whether the reader is in research, technology, business, or education this book will show them how to take what could look like a really dry presenation and reinvigorate the material in totally fresh and sometimes interactive ways that will make it memorable and resonate with the audience.Staying true to the mission of the first , Garr combines solid principles of design with the tenets of Zen simplicity to help readers along the path to simpler, effective presentations that will be appreciated, remembered, and best of all, acted upon.

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    1. Preparation The six aptitudes are: Design (not only function) Story (not only argument - Mike Meyers type delivery) Symphony (not only focus) Empathy (not only logic) Play (not only seriousness) Meaning (not only accumulation) How to improve immediately:1. Make slides that reinforce your work not repeat them. - NO MORE THAN SIX WORDS EVER!2. Don't use cheesy images. Instead of four bullets on EPA pollution data just use a picture of dead birds and state the data3. No dissolves, spins or o [...]

    2. There are over four thousand reviews of this book on , so it is unlikely that I can say anything fresh about the content and style of this superb book, so I am not about to try. I'll just tell you a little story of how it helped me at a most opportune time.I have been presenting and instructing for well over three decades, and I am still learning something new every day. We should all be open to that and never believe that we have actually arrived at the perfect state. Strive for perfection.I go [...]

    3. I learned more about presentations from this book than I ever thought possible.The audience is there to hear you speak, not to read your slides. You should be selling something to them - convincing them of something. If you're just giving them information, why didn't you just send them a document?Give presentations like Steve Jobs, not Bill Gates. Bill Gates is unremarkable.Keep the text on slides to a minimum - no more than six words on a slide.Rather than embedding a small image in the slide, [...]

    4. This was quite a good little book, if a bit over long. Which, in itself was quite amusing given that the main message is ‘keep it simple’. I think The Non-Designer's Presentation Book does a better job, but there were things in this one that really worked. His comparisons of cluttered and uncluttered slides on pages 123-125 ought to be enough to give people who spot this in a bookstore an idea of what needs fixing in their presentations.But overall there is too much guff about things that do [...]

    5. I was worried that this would be a breezy feel-good book without much content.No worries. The book turned out to be brilliant. The examples were the most useful part. It's one thing to tell me how to do it. It's another to show me. I've been doing presentations for a long time, and this book has lit a fire under me to do better. Looking forward to my next teaching gig to see how well it all works out for me.

    6. It was a re-read, had read most fragments from it some years ago, but it was still very good. Some things need refreshing and some I understood in a completely different way some years and many presentation later. I would recommend it with no hesitation to anybody working in communication, marketing or management.

    7. Less is more.Use full screen imagery to convey your point.Use pleasing color schemes.Use san-serif fonts.Those four sentences sum up what Presentation Zen is all about. I know some may say I don't get it. I do. I just don't think all the zen info helped. The author really didn't need to use them to prove his point. Just the comparison of slides was enough.However, this book did change the way I present my messages and talks to teens as a youth pastor. I believe it is true that people remember mo [...]

    8. I like the idea that slideware is a sufficiently developed form that there's an ecosystem of tools made to make one suck less at its usage. This book dips a toe in the water of improving ones tool usage but there are several things that get in the way.1) Walls of Text - Many of the words are wasted and several times I'd find that I'd skipped a paragraph, reread it and gain nothing.2) References to Asian Culture - Many of these asides simply got in the way. I got the constant feeling of "this is [...]

    9. This book summarize the key elements of a presentation in a different way from the "craft of scientific presentation". However, many of the principles are overlapped. I find this book one of the must read for presentation along with "the craft of scientific presentation" and "slide:ology".Chapter 1 IntroductionPresentations in Today’s WorldDesign:Decoration, for better or worse, is noticeable -- sometimes enjoyable, sometimes irritating, but it is unmistakable there. However, the best designs [...]

    10. This Friday I'm heading a workshop for 11 librarians in the county, on how to use social media. I am a little bit nervous about this, not because of going up in front of a group of people (I have little fear of this, which is really surprising), but because I'm afraid I won't be able to get my point across, speak loudly enough, or be clear enough for people unfamiliar with new technology. I had written up a standard PowerPoint with bullet points, clipart, and gradient backgrounds, and it all fel [...]

    11. For its purpose, this book can't get much better than it is. Garr Reyolds uses plenty of gorgeous photos and example slides to show you how to make a better slide show presentation. But it's more than that. There are touches of self-help -- bits of advice that have as much to do with making yourself a better person as they do with making yourself a better presenter. There are touches of how-to -- tracts that show you where you've gone wrong in the past and why you are on the "Most Wanted List" i [...]

    12. After reading this book you'll realize why 99% of presentations you have ever seen have been done all wrong, and it all makes perfect sense. You'll also realize how applications such as "PowerPoint" are misunderstood and misused in most business environments today.Finally, in retrospect you can easily compare the tips for success in this book with very famous and high impact presentations such as those given by Steve Jobs and other industry leaders.

    13. 이 책을 처음 집었을 때는, 프리젠테이션에 대한 '사상'을 담고 있을 줄 알았는데, 사실은 '젠 스타일의' 프리젠테이션에 대한 얘기에 더 가까운듯하다. 모든 프리젠테이션이 젠 스타일이 되어야 하는가에 대해서 나는 저자만큼의 확신은 할 수 없지만 젠 스타일의 프리젠테이션에 관해서만큼은, 아주 명확하고 간결하게 지침들을 전해준다. (아무리 SNR을 높인다고 해도, 학술적 [...]

    14. I want to throw everything else away and shave my head and follow the teachings of this book and tattoo my favorite PowerPoint slide on my face, which would be a single brush stroke on a white background, arcing like a swan's neck. (My body is the white backgroundI am white)

    15. Loved the book - I still don't always do as he says (I still use the cursed bullet points too much :-)), but it affected how I present and speak.

    16. Below are key excerpts from the book that I found particularly insightful:1- "If we desire to communicate with more clarity, integrity, beauty, and intelligence, then we must move beyond what is considered to be "normal" to something different and far more effective. The principles I am most mindful of through every step of the presentation process are restraint, simplicity, and naturalness: Restraint in preparation. Simplicity in design. Naturalness in delivery. All of which, in the end, lead t [...]

    17. Reynolds wants to write about good PowerPoint presentation, and he does a very good job at it. He explains the poor ways in which business people (including Bill Gates) currently use PowerPoint, and how much better it can be, citing the example of Steve Jobs, among others. He shows us some very good examples of PowerPoint presentations that he and other people (independently) have prepared. The book also contains examples of poor slides and how they can be improved. Reynolds draws upon the knowl [...]

    18. "Restraint in preparation. Simplicity in design. Naturalness in delivery."I liked Prezentation Zen. I won't rate it higher because I've read most of the advice given here in other places (speaking, Confessions of a Public Speaker, The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs and The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking). I still found some new specific tricks/ideas. For example, the author goes into detail about lecterns and the idea that by blocking the speaker, they decrease engagement. It also ser [...]

    19. If you have ever had to give a presentation - in education or in business - this is a very good resource to stop the 'death by power point' that we have all experienced as participants of a presentation. You know, slide after slide of hard to read charts, tables, text that the presenter reads from, etc. BORING!The author primarily emphasizes a philosophy of a great presentation but he also gives many concrete examples and 'how to's ' to implement a presentation of any subject area that engages t [...]

    20. I spent a lot of time online and creating presentations & using PowerPoint, and I'm surprised to discover some new things about it! The two top interesting things is the direction people [pictures of people] are facing, as in, whether they are facing the text or not, has an affect on attention of the viewers. Also, I did not know about the Pecha Kucha method of presentation design. I want to make use it one day.

    21. Wow, this book will change all of my powerpoints in the future. I can't wait to share these ideas with students to make their presentations better too. While this book is written for people in the business world, I have sat through plenty of bad powerpoint presentations in education, including some of my students' presentations. No more templates and bullet points.

    22. This is the best book on presentation globally so far.Preparation: 1)what is the core piont, 2)take away. simplicity, clarity, brevity 3) make the idea sticky 4) use pen and whiteboard 5) use storytellingDesign: 1) simplicity, make it as simpleand easy as possible 2) visual is better than bullet pionts Delivery1) being fully in the moment2) the more rehearsal, the more confidence

    23. The very aesthetic of the book is refreshing. This combined with an approachable writing style made for a very enjoyable read while actually learning some very practical points about visual presentations.

    24. Simple and great!Everything I needed to get out of that tired and uninspiring way of presenting information. Much of it can be used toward a person's approach to life in general. Great read.

    25. Look at this book before doing another PowerPoint presentation or other visual display. The best part, is there were so many comparisons - bad slide, good slide and you could really see the principles being taught.

    26. This is about Zen and Japan, with very minimal useful information. The author's other (red) book is the one I thought this was going to be: practical tips on presentation design for non-designers.

    27. Understand the rules of design and Zen simplicity to enhance your next presentation! Death-by-PowerPoint no more! :)

    28. Only reading this book is not sufficient. Need to remember and apply while making presentations. Wish the hierarchy read this too :) !

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