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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (17 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321525655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321525659
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.3 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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.)"
Seth Godin
Speaker and Blogger
Author, Meatball Sundae

"Garr is a beacon of hope for frustrated audiences everywhere. His design philosophy and fundamental principles bring life to messages and can invigorate careers. His principles of simplicity are as much a journey of the soul as they are restraint of the mouse."
Nancy Duarte
CEO, Duarte Design

"Presentation Zen is just fantastic. Best of all it's not another recipe book about “how to make slides” — this is about re-imagining how your entire presentation will work together as a persuasive and integrated show, from conception through delivery. Awesome."
Merlin Mann
43folders.com

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FOREWORD BY GUY KAWASAKI

Presentation designer and internationally acclaimed communications expert Garr Reynolds, creator of the most popular Web site on presentation design and delivery on the net — presentationzen.com — shares his experience in a provocative mix of illumination, inspiration, education, and guidance that will change the way you think about making presentations with PowerPoint or Keynote. Presentation Zen challenges the conventional wisdom of making "slide presentations" in today’s world and encourages you to think differently and more creatively about the preparation, design, and delivery of your presentations. Garr shares lessons and perspectives that draw upon practical advice from the fields of communication and business. Combining solid principles of design with the tenets of Zen simplicity, this book will help you along the path to simpler, more effective presentations.



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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Elling Hamso on 15 Feb 2010
Format: Paperback
If you are giving a presentation in the near future, postpone it! Please read first Garr Reynolds' book Presentation Zen.

You think you are an expert presenter? I thought so, until I read this book. Now I am getting closer. Reynolds doesn't just explain why some presentations are good and most are bad, he really makes you realize why this is so and gives you a fundamental insight into how you prepare and deliver messages which the audience will understand and remember.

This is a very practical and easy to read book, he explains and illustrates the power of simplicity and white spaces, simplify to amplify, good design principles, how to use pictures and where to place the text, contrast, repetition, alignment and proximity. And when you have made your presentation, he tells you how to deliver it, how to connect with the audience and be completely present. Your presentation will never be the same
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 Jun 2011
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I found the content of this book helpful and considered, and worth 4 stars. I expected the new age style given the title, and was really sold on the book by the neat foreword which I read in the Kindle free sample.

But I was expecting more given the price. "Leave them wanting more" is one of Garr's principles and he does urge us not to judge a presentation by its length alone. Quite right, but in the case of the book, many more examples to illustrate his points would have been helpful.

However the main reason I have rated this 2 stars is the number of careless errors in the Kindle edition. Some of the images described in the text are missing, and the promised stock photo credit is absent. These are slapdash errors that would not bother me in a cheap or free e-book but they are unacceptable in an e-book at this price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By coatgal on 6 Dec 2009
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I bought this as a teacher who is a) bored of sitting through presentations where the slides are read to you and b) expected, in our IWB age, to create up to 6 powerpoint style presentations a day. The advice is excellent and I found myself becoming evangelical about slide design for a while. I now simply try to incorporate the best of the book (and websites') advice into my lessons, and smile at the size six fonts and sliduments of our management presentations, feeling that I have Garr Reynold's permission, once I have read the handouts, to fall asleep.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A. Halfacre on 4 Feb 2008
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I've followed Garr Reynolds blog at PresentationZen for ages now as a source of inspiration and ideas for using slideware. This book is a brilliant summary of all that advice and more. Garr sets out the argument for using PowerPoint and Keynote as visual support tools to the main event (that's you). So far, so good but what really makes this a must buy is that the book is stuffed with concrete practical examples of how to do it. Even better, all the slides and images he uses are referenced so that you can find them online and use them yourself - there is even an offer from iStockphoto of some free images. All in all, a brilliant counterpoint to all the traditional "how to use PowerPoint" books that are out there.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By business reader on 11 Feb 2008
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Followers of the presentation zen blog will know that garth has a wealth of insights to share. What he shows in this book may not be the bullet point list of 'what to do to make good slides' that some may be after but his message is much more important than that. What presentation zen does is ask you to question your story and why it must be told. Once you have an answer then presentation zen will help you tell it. If you want a step by step this is how you make presentation book this is not it but if you truly want to make an impact then this is the book for you. The before and after slides are telling and the writing is a must. Anyone who has read anything by dan pink or guy kawasaki will find much to like here and will learn how to move from concept to practical application.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Londoner on 3 Sep 2009
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This is a very good introduction to presentation done the right way.
It is not the definitive guide to "how to get your presentations as good as the ones from Steve Jobs" but it is a very good introduction to achieve that goal, nevertheless, and the best book to start with.

Add to this book, the Garr Reynolds webblog articles and you have a very good product and a very good starting point.

The book is full of examples, "before & after", very good photos, and small tricks that will help you to have that edge over competition.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Mayfield on 10 Mar 2008
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Garr Reynolds' work has been known to me for sometime through his blog, Presentation Zen. I've appreciated what he shared on the design and delivery of simple but powerful presentations. Since I started reading his blog, I have come to realise he has influenced my approach to designing slides. When I read that he was publishing a book, I pre-ordered Presentation Zen with some anticipation.

I was not disappointed. From the Foreword by Guy Kawasaki (done in slides) through to the 'Colophon' at the very end of the book (explaining technically how the book was put together), I found the content stimulating and the mere look of the book a delight.

'Presentation is everything,' they say. Well, not quite. There are some important observations on conventional business practice, about how it uses and abuses PowerPoint or Keynote, and about typical presentations in general. For example, the author comments on the convention by conference organisers, who ask for a speaker's slides in advance - the assumption being that all content is, or should be, in those slides. Or how about the practice common in Japan and elsewhere where lights are dimmed at the start of a presentation? If you have always assumed that such things were good practice then I recommend this book.

Also, I was delighted about how Garr Reynolds referenced people whom I admire: Daniel Pink, Seth Godin, Kathy Sierra, Dan and Chip Heath, Guy Kawasaki, Merlin Mann and Nancy Duarte. This gave me the confidence that here was someone who has 'got it', as a progressive thinker and presenter.

This book is a healthy antidote to 'Death by PowerPoint', and I shall continue to read Garr's blog with interest.
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