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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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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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The book was as 'expected' and was as described on Amazon
Presentation Zen is a beautiful and inspiring book - I highly recommend it
This is simply a beautiful book to hold in your hands. It is relaxing to read because of the layout and the subject matter
I want to read this book because visually it makes me feel happy. This is an effortless book to read.
I ordered Presentation Zen Design too by Garr Reynolds
I would absolutely order this book again and others by the same author too.
Such is the case for me with Presentation Zen 2nd Edition revised and updated by Garr Reynolds. I read the 1st edition as a checked out book from the library a few years ago. I had been to a conference and had been amazed by the presentations. Instead of death by power point, I became a visual learner. Even more I became an engaged advocate. I wanted to begin to learn how to create presentations that brought people to life and action. I am in the resurrection business.
I can't tell you the specific differences between edition 1 and edition 2 except there seemed to be a bit more depth and mroe examples.
While I love Garr's own insights, I appreciate his willingness to include others. Guy Kuwasaki writes or presents the perfect foreword or perhaps now its forepicture of Presentation Zen. Seth Godin. Nancy Duarte and others along with Garr gives the best practices / best picture view of presentations.
Garr's insights are simple ideas on presentation design and delivery. Most importantly he taught me to think through first the message i want to share and the response I seek, even before I look for the pictures I want to show.
And when picture time comes, rule of thumb is no more than 6 words per slide. Once you embrace this rule, it makes it tough to watch presentations with more than 16 words per slide and not muttering under your breath, "Death by Powerpoint".
I give Presentation Zen 5 out of 5 stars. Garr provided a great introduction and overall process to developing presentations. It's a guide I return to again and again.
The majority of busy professionals suffer from the term Linda Stone coined "Continuous Partial Attention." Those who design and present professionally it's critical to capture and hold the attention of an audience quickly or else you will have wasted their time. I often think of Garr's quote after leaving a very "less than splendid" presentation: " I wanted my hour back."
For those who are still creating the standard bullet point presentations you are damaging your credibility. Period. For those who are serious about creating professional presentations that will give you and your audience the results you are seeking Presentation Zen 2nd Edition is simply a "must buy."