This summer, during my flights, I decide to read a book dedicate on how to create AMAZING presentation, so I buy Presentation Zen and in 10 hours more or less I finish it and… WOW, it opens my mind!
Author approach is very simple and start his book saying: “Remember that are only suggestions, this book is not a bible that teach you how to use Powerpoint or Keynote, but it shows you how to approach a real presentation process”.
In fact, if you read the book, you don’t learn how to prepare great slides with slideware (it’s a fantastic term to define presentation’s softwares like Powerpoint or Keynote) but you’ll learn what you MUST think behind a slide… out of your computers world.
Few things that I learn reading Presentation Zen:
- Avoid bullets list (like this :P)
- Think about the message before switch on your computer and, if you can, go away from your computer with a pen or pencil and paper, tons of papers
- You must focus your presentation in ONE MESSAGE and follow it during your slides creation
- An image is better of 1 thousand of words
- Presentation must help you during your speech and not substitute you
- Less is better
There are tons of concepts that can help any kind of speakers from IT world to Yoga teachers (I suppose).
I think could be so interesting for anyone that usually speech for passion in conferences or for everyone that make presentation for work like CEO, marketing people and so on.
If you are interesting to buy this book or give more informations about it, go to author’s blog.
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I agree. Garr Reynolds does a great job in his book and in his blog explaining why and how to create interesting and entertaining presentations.
Many times, I feel the need to give a Presentation Zen book to presenters and speakers, to make them understand that so-called sliduments are not what their audience wants, when they attend a keynote presentation.
In my opinion, Presentation Zen is a must-read for anyone, who speaks in front of an audience.