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Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (2nd Edition) (Voices That Matter) Paperback – December 18, 2011
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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:
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.Read more ›
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!
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:
4) Strive for Kanso, Shizen and Shibumi
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
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book helps you plan and develop better presentations. Some of the information is "why didn't I think of that?" type of material. Other information is quite insightful.Published 5 days ago by runningreadingman
Was gifted this book originally by my boss. Now with my own company, its a required reading for all my staff members. Have bought multiple copies over the years.Published 2 months ago by saurabh parakh
I enjoy reading it and I like the style of the book you can read it and learn a lot improve your presentation skills.. I implied several advices and liked them.Published 2 months ago by MASHAEL
Most businesses still present the lazy way, words on a slide. How refereshing the rare presentation that actually follows the principles laid out in this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Steven Raposa
I've been using the tips and I my colleagues appreciate my neat slides.Published 3 months ago by jobelle
Great information, but also a bit puffy. A book about clear presentation design that's less concise than it preaches should be problematic, but I disagree in the case of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Daniel Estes
I had this book for class and this was convenient and it reasonably pricedPublished 5 months ago by Jermal Hawkins