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Product Details

  • Series: Voices That Matter
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 2 edition (December 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321811984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321811981
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Garr Reynolds is the best-selling author of Presentation Zen, Presentation Zen Design, and The Naked Presenter, and a leading authority on presentation design and delivery. A sought-after speaker and consultant, his clients include many in the Fortune 500. A writer, designer, and musician, he is currently Associate Professor of Management at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan. Garr is a former corporate trainer for Sumitomo Electric and worked as the Manager for Worldwide User Group Relations at Apple, Inc. His popular blog can be found at  presentationzen.com.

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Garr Reynolds is an internationally acclaimed communications expert, and the creator of the most popular Web site on presentation design and delivery on the net: presentationzen.com. A soughtafter speaker and consultant, his clients include many in the Fortune 500. A writer, designer, and musician, he currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Management at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan. Garr is a former corporate trainer for Sumitomo Electric, and once worked in Cupertino, California as the Manager for Worldwide User Group Relations at Apple, Inc. A longtime student of the Zen arts and resident of Japan, he currently lives in Osaka where he is Director of Design Matters Japan.

Customer Reviews

This book made me laugh the first time I read it.
Joseph Collins
The presentation creation process and the powerpoint graphic creation approach suggested in this book help to create more interesting and more powerful presentation.
F. Wong
Well, it's a book and different then presentations, so he goes in more details, but keeps it very easy to read.
Aquarius

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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Dirk Haun on January 1, 2012
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I have been reading Garr Reynold's Presentation Zen blog even before the first book came out. Getting Presentation Zen (The Book) was just the next logical step, since it provides all that useful information you can find on the website in a structured, readable, and easily accessible way. Four years and another two books (Presentation Zen Design and The Naked Presenter) later, there is now a second edition of the original Presentation Zen book. What can we expect from it?

What's new?

It's somewhat ironic that the first testimonial in the book states that "it's often the slim books that have the most impact" when the second edition of Presentation Zen is noticeably thicker than the first. 60 additional pages or 25% more, to be exact.

At a first glance, there are still the same 5 sections as in the first edition:

1. Introduction
2. Preparation
3. Design
4. Delivery
5. The Next Step

On closer inspection, the Delivery section has gained an additional chapter, The Need for Engagement, which accounts for about half of the additional pages. The rest are distributed over the other chapters, some of which gained a few more pages that way. Most of those changes are subtle and you often won't notice them unless you compare both editions side by side. References to iPads and Prezi (both of which only came out after the first edition) or photos from TEDxTokyo 2011 are also signs of a discreet update. You'll also find content that Garr published on the Presentation Zen blog during 2011, e.g.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By starseed on January 14, 2012
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Since another reviewer has done such a beautiful job, I won't repeat his comments, other than to say "Ditto!"

What a wonderful resource for ideas, tools, and inspiration. After a ten-year hiatus, I am moving from private practice to focusing on courses, workshops, and seminars. Realizing my presentation skills were rusty, after reading Naked Design in one sitting, I came back and immediately purchased Presentation Zen (2nd Ed). as with N/D, I couldn't put it down until the last page.

Presentation Zen gives marvelous guidance for creating truly effective and memorable presentations. As I am developing the 2012 programs, every time I open the book to clarify a point, find myself re-reading whole chapters again, and again, and picking up on another delightful nuance each time. Originally purchased the Kindle version but, as with Naked Design, decided to get the hard copy because it is one I will want to keep at hand for a long time. Worth every penny -- and much more!
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132 of 164 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer #1867 on March 20, 2012
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I bought this book as part of a 3-fer special from Amazon - a couple of Nancy Duarte books and this one.
I learned a lot more from Nancy's books.
I'll save you the money from buying this book.
Here are the four important concepts presented. There is plenty of noise, but these 4 are the great ideas.

1) Balance your presentation:
Design - not only function
Story - not only argument
Symphony - not only focus
Empathy - not only logic
Play - not only seriousness
Meaning - not only accumulation

2) Create your presentation in three parts:
Slides the audience will see
Notes that only you will see
Handout to be taken away

3) Good design based on four principles:
Contrast
Repetition
Alignment
Proximity

4) Strive for Kanso, Shizen and Shibumi
Kanso (Simplicity)
Shizen (Naturalness)
Shimbumi (Elegance)

There you have it. Save yourself $20 and 5 hours of reading the book.

Most importantly you save yourself from a significant dose of the author's political blather and opinionated prattle including such observations as:
USA= stupid + obese = bad, France = better, Japan = best
Steve Jobs = omniscient, Bill Gates = buffoon
Al Gore = visionary
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By GaryB on January 22, 2012
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This is a repeat purchase!...I have given away three copies as a way of emphasising the need to be aware of design in presentations.
Excellent examples and explanation of the philosophy behind Garr Reynold's approach.
Revealing, illuminating...this can be a epiphany/sea change moment for those in the field giving regular briefings and presentations.
Cannot be too highly recommended.
Closely associated are Presentationzen by design and Slide:ology and Resonance
A package by Amazon would be a great idea!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lance Mitchell on July 8, 2013
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There are already many great reviews of this book on amazon, so it is unlikely that I can say anything fresh about the content and style of this superb book, so I am not about to try. I'll just tell you a little story of how it helped me at a most opportune time.

I have been presenting and instructing for well over three decades, and I am still learning something new every day. We should all be open to that and never believe that we hae actually arrived at the perfect state. Strive for perfection.

I got a lot out of this book. I read it on a plane from England to my company HQ in Florida. I was due to co-deliver a two-week induction class for new joiner technical staff from all over the world. As you can imagine, we had put a lot of effort into the planning and preparation for the ten days of intense instruction.

Despite the experience of the new people, I have always felt that everyone could do with a few tips and hints on good communication, public speaking and, in particular, delivering powerful presentations and demonstrations to our customers. So I had two hours dedicated to these topics.

I mostly knew what I was going to do with the two hours, but reading

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery inspired me to change my content and delivery.

I was able to use the three main guiding principles of the book: restraint, simplicity and naturalness , to construct a session to illustrate the power of those three guiding principles to the participants on my course.

I went analogue! I minimalised! I told my story!

This book really helped me to do that.

Was I rewarded?

Yes, I was.
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