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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lucamezzalira

I’m the VP of Architecture at DAZN with more than 15 years of experience, a Google Developer Expert on Web Technologies and the London Javascript community Manager I had the chance to work on cutting-edge projects for mobile, desktop, web, TVs, set top boxes and embedded devices. I am currently managing DAZN, a sports video platform based on the cloud with millions of users that are watching live and on-demand contents. I'm the author of Front-End Reactive Architectures published by APress: https://goo.gl/ywAmsx I think the best way to use any programming language is mastering their models, that’s why I spent a lot of time studying and researching on topics like OOP, Functional and Reactive programming. In my spare time, I wrote for national and international technical magazines and editors, I'm also a technical reviewer for APress, Packt Publishing, Pragmatic Bookshelf and O'Reilly. I was speaker at: O'Reilly media webinars, O'Reilly Software Architecture (San Francisco & London), O'Reilly Fluent (San Jose), O'Reilly Oscon (London), Google Developers Summit (Krakow), Google DevFest (London), Frontend Devs Love (Amsterdam), Voxxed Days (Belgrad & Bristol), JeffConf (Milan), International Javascript Conference (Munich & London), JS Poland (Warsaw), Code Europe (Wroclaw), JSDay (Verona), CybercomDev (Łódź), Jazoon Conference (Bern), JDays (Göteborg), Codemotion (Milan), FullStack Conference (London), React London UG (London), Scrum Gathering (Prague), Agile Cymru (Cardiff), Scotch on the rocks (Edinburgh & London), 360Max (San Francisco), PyCon (Florence), Lean Kanban Conference (London), Adobe Creative Suite CS 5.5 - Launch event (Milan), Mobile World Congress (Barcelona)

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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