Presentation Zen: a book dedicates to speakers

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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luca mezzalira

Being associated with the industry since 2004, I have lent my expertise predominantly in the solution architecture field. I have gained accolades for revolutionising the scalability of frontend architectures with micro-frontends, from increasing the efficiency of workflows, to delivering quality in products. My colleagues know me as an excellent communicator who believes in using an interactive approach for understanding and solving problems of varied scopes. I helped DAZN becoming a global streaming platform in just 5 years, now as Principal Architect at AWS, I'm helping our customers in the media and entertainment space to deliver cost-effective and scalable cloud solutions. Moreover, I'm sharing with the community the best practices to develop cloud-native architectures solving technical and organizational challenges. My core industry knowledge has been instrumental in resolving complex architectural and integration challenges. Working within the scopes of a plethora of technical roles such as tech lead, solutions architect and CTO, I have developed a precise understanding of various technicalities which has helped me in maximizing value of my company and products in my current leadership roles.

One thought on “Presentation Zen: a book dedicates to speakers”

  1. 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.

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