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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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“ Many books about presentation delivery cover simple topics like eye contact and gestures. Garr’s book goes much deeper, highlighting Zen concepts that address meaningful ways to connect credibly with an audience. It’s a must-read for anyone who has to give presentations. ”
Nancy Duarte, CEO of Duarte Design and author of slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations and Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences
“ 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
In his first two best-selling books" Presentation Zen" and "Presentation Zen Design, " Garr Reynolds gave readers the necessary tools for planning and designing successful presentations. Establishing the framework for beautifully designed and well-prepared presentations, he now examines the delivery of the presentation in this handy, beautiful, and simple guide.
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.
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The author has some interesting views on preparation of a presentation that I have never thought of. I tend to start putting together Power Point slides as I create the presentation rather than sitting down in a quiet place and hammering it out on paper first, as he suggests doing. Reynolds also recommends defining the "why" rather than "what" when identifying the purpose of your presentation, which really makes sense if you think about it, and in a way, goes hand in hand with knowing your audience. You must first understand why people want to attend your presentation, and then build the "what" around the "why." I was taken a little off guard by the author saying to not have an agenda slide. However, I did like his idea of instead having a slide that shows "sections," and making them visually proportional to how long you plan on spending on each topic during the presentation.
When giving the presentation, I found that some of the tips he gave were pretty obvious like to arrive early to set up the room, and to not stand behind a podium if at all possible. I did enjoy reading the section on keynote speech tips taken from Steve Jobs, who I believe is one of the great presenters of our time. I also thought Reynolds' idea on shifting gears every 10 minutes was a good suggestion, and am glad he included ideas on how to mix things up. People tend to get bored easily, especially when sitting still listening to someone.
The idea of presenting naked came from Japanese Bath together "naked". Garr Reynolds adopts the concept as removing un-necessary to expose what is necessary. Naked presentation is about being yourself being transparent and not hiding behind the technology, tools, and techniques to present a memorable speech. This book is not a step by step manual or tutorial about how to deliver presentations. This book is about how to do it in a better way.
What did I learn and what should you learn?
The book describes to connect with the audience emotionally with the five proven ways that comes from acronym PUNCH. Personnel, Unexpected, Novel, Challenging and Humorous. Also the three things that evaluate the presenter's own ability to project to audience apart from the content are: the way he looks, the way he moves and the way he sounds.
The other thing that I learnt from this book is it is not important how can presenter more interesting to the audience, but it is important how the presenter can demonstrate why the particular topic is more important to the audience. Also involve the audience in the presentation by playing a video clip or having discussion activity. It is also important to change the plans to suite audients need. Not speak too fast and paying attention how the audience is responding considering the short human attention span.
When you present you trying to create a change in people's mind. Delivering a powerful finish requires that you need to understand your audience. He says end on a positive note that gives people hope and encouragement to keep learning on their own.
As said earlier this book is not a step-by-step manual about presenting and communicating, but focuses more into delivery. It focuses on how to vary the pace, focus on the here and now, emotionally connecting with audience and sustaining that connection till you answer the last question. I have learned lot of above mentioned things and I strongly recommend reading and saving this book.
The presenter must know his topic well, but not memorized, and provide his information so the audience can feel, relate, and visualize what is being presented. The speaker's rate, volume and pitch can be varied so that it is not monotone or boring. Because of the audience's attention span the speaker can work his presentation in segments of 10 minutes if the presentation is 30 minutes or longer. Stimuli can be introduced by adding relevant material that gives the brain a break and hooks each segment. These links can be a story, video clips, or a case study. The audience can also be asked to participate at one of these segments by asking rhetorical questions, form small groups to solve a problem, or other participation methods for engagement. This is a must read book for all professionals wanting to provide a clear, engaging and relevant material to their audience.