Published on Aug 12, 2011
When facilitating a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation, you may have noticed that presenting can be a painful experience for everybody involve d.
PowerPoint presentations with d etailed graphs and an onslaught of bulleted sentences do not bring joy to anyone in the room. But with a few zen-inspired changes, you r presentations can go from dreadful to delightful.
There’s a book called Presentation Zen , by Garr Reynolds, that demonstrates exactly how to bring your presentation, and y our audience, to new heights.
Here’s what marketing and social media guru Seth Godin has to say about Presentation Zen. “Please don’t buy this book! Once people start making better presentations, mine won’t look so good. (But if you truly want to learn what works and how to do it right, Garr is the man to learn from.”
I have learned so much from this book — from what a slide should look like in Keynote, to how it can complement and reinforce my words instead of simply repeating them.
Garr draws upon the simplicity of Zen to help us build better presentations. But the concepts he shares go far beyond PowerPoint presentations. They make sense in all aspects of our business and our life.
If you’re looking to become a better presenter, and truly connect with your audience, I highly recommend Presentation Zen.