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The Naked Presenter: Delivering Powerful Presentations With or Without Slides (Voices That Matter) Paperback – December 9, 2010
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“ I take everything Garr Reynolds says to heart. I don’t read his books, I devour them from the inside out. The Naked Presenter is a book whose time has come. Shedding everything to focus on the audience and the content is the true secret to great presentations. Now, Garr is sharing that secret (and how to do it) with the world. ”
Mitch Joel, President of Twist Image and author of Six Pixels of Separation
From the Back Cover
The Naked Presenter" teaches readers how they can reach an audience by stripping away all that is unnecessary to get at the essence of the message. The naked presenter approaches the presentation task embracing the ideas of simplicity, clarity, honesty, integrity, and passion. She presents with a certain freshness. The ideas may or may not be radical, earth shattering, or new. But there is a "newness" and freshness to her approach and to her content. And if she uses slideware, her slides fit well with her talk and are harmonious with her message. The slides are in sync, and are simple and beautifully designed, yet never steal the show or rise above serving a strong but simple supportive role.
In this book, readers will learn how to achieve that balance and gain the skills to deliver presentations that are natural and memorable.
Top Customer Reviews
1) Think Conversation not performance - natural delivery is more like a conversation between friends than a formal one-way lecture. Don't be boring. Don't read your speech. Make eye contact.
2) Prepare. Identify the purpose. (Start with 'Why?') When you present you are trying to create change in people's minds.
3) Establish "presence." Focus on the here and now. Be present. Take a risk and express your true self. Be authentic. Show your passion.
4) Project yourself. The Way you look. The Way you move. The Way you sound.
5) Have pace in your presentation. Attention spans are normally 10 minutes. You need to mix it up. Have the audience participate.
6) Begin with a punch. End with a powerful finish (inspire, tell a story)
7) I thought this excerpt captured the essence of Reynold's teachings from the book:
"I've always said that presentation is more art than science. So what is art?...Set Godin said this about art in the context of work: 'Art is a generous action - it's when a human connects to another human and makes a change.Read more ›
This new book feels like a placeholder, with nothing much new to add to the topic. I found it a bit too repetitive, with the same advice repeated throughout the book. Many of the anecdotes, and much of the advice, comes in the form of quotes from other books in the "how to present" field. The rest is taken from the Presentation Zen website, where I'd already read it in blog form.
I thought that the approach taken by Scott Berkun in "Confessions of a Public Speaker" was a better way to address this topic. Unfortunately, this book was a let-down to me.
Again, the focus is on PRESENTATION, not slides. So if you're looking for a "how to make a pretty presentation" book, this is not it. If you want to learn presentation from an expert, this is the book.
Here's the punchline. There's nothing revolutionary in this book. In fact, you've heard much of the material before. However, the material is presented in a clear, readable, even relaxing format that will remind and reinforce what you already know but need to practice. And that's what I like most about this book: it reminds us of what we need to practice! Too often presenters slip back to graphs and bullet lists. LET GO OF WORDS AND MAKE A POWERFUL POINT.
Wow, glad to get that off my chest! Buy the book. 200 pages makes it less than 10 cents a page!
Oh yeah, and you can keep your clothes on.
Some of the things that really helped me include:
Simplify. Your presentations are too long, cut them down.
Use graphics for your visuals as much as possible, not text. Never just read a slide.
Two things to start with: 1. What's your point? 2. Why does it matter?
Connect emotionally, don't perform a data dump.
One of things I really liked about this book were the two page interviews throughout with other great presenters. Very helpful advice.
Other people who have reviewed this work say that this book is more for the advanced presenters, but I disagree. As someone who rarely speaks in front of people in a formal setting, I found a ton of useful information. I would not make it my only recommendation for a new presenter, but its certainly on the list. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned presenter, get this book.
If you are a beginner, I also recommend: The Exceptional Presenter: A Proven Formula to Open Up and Own the Room
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Simple, clear, memorable. Reynolds draws in all the elements of an essential oral orientation to communication.Published 8 months ago by D. Mcclellan
The author suggested a return to simplicity. Let the technology be an aid and don't allow it to be the master. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Gilbert
This book was recommended to me by a communication student. As a Speech and Communication professor, I loved it. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Erin Ebanks
I read lots of books on public speaking and I think that If you want to develop or just improve your platform skills this is the best book to do that. Read morePublished 23 months ago by W. Serafin
Back to basics no frills presentations. Get's you out of the mode of an inflexible presentation driven by inappropriate tools.Published on July 8, 2014 by John Mors
Great Book with impacful recommendations. An easy and practical book to improve our way to present with effectiveness and impact.Published on June 15, 2014 by GE
I read this book for a class, but was very impressed at the bits of humor and real connections to presenting. Read morePublished on May 22, 2014 by Amazon Customer