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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 2 edition (8 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321811984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321811981
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Stipanovsky TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 July 2012
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I bought this book to help me present some psychotherapy stuff, theories and helpful information because I wanted to share some ideas I had.

And spent the next 4 years travelling to national and international conferences using the very simple and brilliant information on how to improve my presentations.

Less is more - otherwise just give out handouts and let the audience read them...

The book is also laid out in a wonderfully presented way and shows you the difference between a good and not so good slide.

PowerPoint is here to stay whether we like it or not and I have learnt to present an hours worth of material with 3 slides :
1. The beginning
2. The middle
3. The end...

Actually 4 slides as I have a slide with a list of references (a habit from my MSc Transactional Analysis assignments) and I learnt how to simplify from this book.

The pictures and examples are brilliant and you learn how to end up using PowerPoint as a visual aid rather than a screen with handouts on...

I would recommend this book to anyone who does presentations - this and the "Presentation Coach" also available via amazon.

Anyway, having PowerPoint "cue" slides - similar to using mind maps instead of copious amounts of notes - frees up your ability and your passion to deliver your message in a much more engaging way because you can get on with your presentation.

Also takes the pressure off when the laptop breaks / projector overheats etc as it will happen at some stage because you are not relying on "Death by PowerPoint..."

Well worth having in your collection...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lance Mitchell on 8 July 2013
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There are already many great reviews of this book on amazon, so it is unlikely that I can say anything fresh about the content and style of this superb book, so I am not about to try. I'll just tell you a little story of how it helped me at a most opportune time.

I have been presenting and instructing for well over three decades, and I am still learning something new every day. We should all be open to that and never believe that we hae actually arrived at the perfect state. Strive for perfection.

I got a lot out of this book. I read it on a plane from England to my company HQ in Florida. I was due to co-deliver a two-week induction class for new joiner technical staff from all over the world. As you can imagine, we had put a lot of effort into the planning and preparation for the ten days of intense instruction.

Despite the experience of the new people, I have always felt that everyone could do with a few tips and hints on good communication, public speaking and, in particular, delivering powerful presentations and demonstrations to our customers. So I had two hours dedicated to these topics.

I mostly knew what I was going to do with the two hours, but reading

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery inspired me to change my content and delivery.

I was able to use the three main guiding principles of the book: restraint, simplicity and naturalness , to construct a session to illustrate the power of those three guiding principles to the participants on my course.

I went analogue! I minimalised! I told my story!

This book really helped me to do that.

Was I rewarded?

Yes, I was.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By On Your Feet on 21 Jan. 2012
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I have read many books on presenting and presentations and this is by far the best. It tells you how to improve your slides and then "shows" you. You see a rather poor slide and then you see an example of how it can radically be improved by using some of the simple techniques described in the book. Great advice on where to get your hands on amazing graphics, without breaking the bank. There are also oodles of practical tips on presentation delivery.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Phil Henderson on 28 Jun. 2013
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As someone who does a LOT of presenting, this book has proved invaluable!

some real gems in here

Highly recommended :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By silentmiaow on 17 April 2012
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I saw Garr Reynolds give a presentation at Oxford University, and was so inspired that I bought his book (and the streaming video version!). I believe that this is a wonderful book on how to prepare, design and deliver presentations. Worth every penny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Henry Teodor Kayser on 10 Dec. 2012
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Interesting hand book on to how to do your presentation.

I got a new flow to my presentations - and it really got me thinking in a new way.

If you are open to change and had enough with your old style of presenting thins book is of great help.

I would defiantly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ade on 30 Oct. 2012
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Almost annoying that the concepts are so obvious (once they've been explained!). Really useful concepts, well structured and explained. The advice is immediately useful. A very worthwhile read and a permanent source for referencing I am sure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By StavrosP on 8 Oct. 2012
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Excellent book for anyone who wants to set a personal style of presentations. The writing style is clear and helpful to design and deliver great presentations.
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