Presentation Zen is here!

January 21st, 2008

My copy of Garr Reynold’s book Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery arrived this week.


I reckon if I found myself sitting next to Garr on a plane, we’d have a lot in common. This book brings together some of the thinking of Daniel Pink ‘A Whole New Mind’; Chip and Dan Heath ‘Made to Stick’; traditional Japanese wisdom and great examples of presentations done well. And the underlying message throughout the whole book is that ‘it’s not rocket science!’. By following a few principles – instead of powerpoint templates – we can all produce pretty good presentations. Presentations that support our communication instead of creating more information and ‘noise’; presentations that tell a story and are memorable.

While the book is a ‘how to’ for better, more effective presentations – it could just as easily be a book about inspiration, about how to live. Taking a simpler approach, allowing time, believing that you are creative, letting go, good design, being present and connecting with the audience. All these are integral to the Presentation Zen philosophy.

So with apologies to Patti Digh, here’s my Haiku book review of Presentation Zen:

Bullet points – out!
Be simple, be bold, be seen
Communicate well.

4 Comments so far

  1. Chris Corrigan on January 22, 2008 3:05 am

    My axiom:

    Bullets kill.

  2. Viv McWaters on January 22, 2008 8:21 am

    Can’t argue with that!

  3. Nicole Hunter on January 24, 2008 7:30 am

    Thanks for putting me on to the “zen” world. Yes others at work who we met with the other day and now talking about “how do I zen this?”, “can someone help me be more zen” when referring to their “presentations”! Viv there was one guy mentioned in that book who has a zero inbox – what was his name again?

  4. Viv McWaters on January 24, 2008 10:00 am

    Merlin Mann is the Inbox Zero man

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