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Presentation Zen Sketchbook (Voices That Matter) Spiral-bound – September 23, 2010
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This storyboarding sketchbook is like a journal for presenters of all types-it's an analog place to go and sketch out presentation ideas. Presenters will find blank pages for jotting down notes, creating mind maps, or using whatever brainstorming techniques they find helpful. A storyboarding technique presenters often use involves writing down notes onto sticky notes and then arranging them as they build the structure of their presentations. Some of the pages in this sketchbook contain blank boxes that are sized for small sticky notes so you can use this technique to storyboard your own presentations. Throughout the sketchbook, users will find quotes from Garr's book "Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery" to help inspire while preparing and clarifying a presentation's content, purpose, and goals.
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The Presentation Zen Sketchbook is a spiral-bound moleskine-style notebook that alternates between blank pages and storyboard-formatted pages. If you know anything about Reynolds and his Presentation Zen concepts, you'll immediately understand the reason for this. Rather than create a presentation by immediately going to the computer, he prefers to jot down ideas and images in an analog format to eliminate the forced constraints of a presentation tool like PowerPoint or KeyNote. By putting pencil to paper, he can play around on the page and formulate his message better than trying to make it appear on screen first. This sketchbook gives you the same opportunity to create in that fashion, using basic tools you can take with you anywhere.
I mentioned the "beauty" of this sketchbook, and you might be wondering why I get excited over plain blank pages. In this case, they're not completely blank. Every couple of pages, you'll find some sort of surprise waiting for you. It may be a quote from Presentation Zen or some simple yet graceful image of a plant or flower. They are scattered in their location on the page, yet they don't intrude on the blank canvas you have for your creation.Read more ›
Nancy Duarte another great presentation expert said 'The Applications are simply containers for ideas and assets, not the means to generate them." she is right you need something else pen and paper? sticky notes? No forget them, Garr Reynolds the creator of this Sketchbook and one of the world's leading experts in presentation design and delivery has made your life easier for sketching and noting down all your good ideas.
I believe that an analog approach to creating presentations helps oneself to simplify the message you are trying to convey by adding powerful meaning as you can visualise the ideas and the needs of your audience. I feel strongly that this can not be done by solely using a computer throughout the design process.
I use to have walls of sticky notes scattered all over my office, it was effective but it looks messy and it's not ideal when clients come to visit. You have to take them all down. In this beautifully produced sketchbook Garr has provided neat little square boxes, there are 8 per page for designing your slide ideas or the points you want to capture. No more messy office.
A small written quote on the bottom a plain sketching page in this book says 'As you prepare a presentation, exercise restraint and keep these three words in mind always: simplicity, clarity, brevity.Read more ›
Overall, this is definitely not a necessity for presentation designers, however, it definitely makes the creation process more interesting and fun.
"If you're a writer or presenter who easily falls in love with paper, books, writing utensils, and all the other "tools of the trade", I think you'll love the Presentation Zen Sketchbook. I only wish I had a case of them here in my office so I wouldn't feel like it was such a big decision about what project I'll allocate this particular one to... "
I cheat to post those those words but they express my thoughts too exactly to change!
I gave it 3 stars as a neutral rating, it is not a bad product, just one that I cannot use.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't know it had a bunch of pages with define box layouts and random quotes. If you're looking for a plain sketchbook. This is not it.Published 11 months ago by Marco Torre
OK he lives in Japan so many of his themes revolve around around things he lives and learns there!Published 17 months ago by W. Serafin
Could not be more happy than to add this to my collection of sketch books. I only wish it was available in the 8 x 10 size.Published on February 5, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Beautifully constructed notebook. Perfect for capturing ideas, sketching, or writing. Good quality paper. Sturdy construction and size is easy to transport.Published on November 18, 2013 by Jane S.
So great to have an organized place to write my notes for the website I'm working on. Plenty of pages, good hardcover.Published on November 26, 2012 by Kristina Thorpe