May 062008

Book Short: Presentation Zen

Book Short:  Presentation Zen

A few years ago, I blogged about Cliff Atkinson’s book Beyond Bullets.  I don’t know whether it’s a better book, or whether the timing of reading it just made a deeper impression on me, but I just read and LOVED Presentation Zen, by Garr Reynolds.

The concept is similar — a bad Powerpoint presentation kills your message as much as that horrendous high school physics teacher turned you off from the natural sciences.  Reynolds’s examples are rich, and there are tons of “before and after” slides in the book for the visual learners among us.  In addition, he articulates very clearly what I’ve always thought, since my consulting days, made for an excellent presentation:  offline storyboarding.

I’d recommend the book to anyone who does a lot of Powerpoint.  Relevant Return Pathers, don’t worry, your copies will come soon along with a new training course I’m developing using some of the concepts within.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/denise_cox18431 denise_cox18431

    hi matt. i too just finished reading this book… and have been evangelising it since. it is beautiful and meaningful… plus, everything else you said as well about this book. i can't wait to prepare my upcoming presentations using the new ways garr has so eloquently laid out in the book. his wisdom is presented so elegantly and simply. garr helps the reader learn how to cater to both the right and left brain. and also helps us get our core message to the audience, to connect with the audience, rather than trapping them in a "death by powerpoint" experience.

  • http://www.clevy.tumblr.com Cory Levy

    Presentation Zen is now on my 'books to buy' list.

    PS. I'm going to be in NYC for 9 day in early August!

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