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Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (Voices That Matter)
Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (Voices That Matter)
by Garr Reynolds
Edition: Paperback

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for speakers at all levels, 15 Feb. 2010
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


The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience
The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience
by Carmine Gallo
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.59

31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All speakers should read this book, 15 Feb. 2010
Steve Jobs is considered one of the best presenters of all time. He walks on to the stage in blue jeans and a poloneck and just chats with the audience, effortlessly.

Jobs may have talent, but it doesn't come without effort. And he does everything right. If you read all the books on presentation design, Reynolds, Duarte, Atkins, Kawasaki, Williams, etc., you will find that Jobs is the case study that does it all.

He creates the story, the unforgettable headline; "Today Apple reinvents the phone", "The world's thinnest notebook", "One thousand songs in your pocket", the passion statement, the metaphors and analogies, he develops demonstrations and supporting slides.

More than anything, he answers the essential question: Why does it matter? Why does the audience want to know. Where does it hurt? And he answers without clutter, simplifies to emphasize.

Most of his slides, those that aren't pictures, are just a few words, in fact most of them would pass Reynolds' 'max six words on a slide' rule. The screen never competes with what he says, only supports and elevates.

Jobs might look like he is just ad libbing on stage, but the truth is he spends hours and days rehearsing. Every word and every gesture is scripted and refined and rehearsed and rehearsed and rehearsed. That is what it takes to be perfectly relaxed, just chatting with the audience.

His Macworld keynotes, which is where he really excels, are long, an hour, some times longer. That is why he 'chunks' his presentation. Every few minutes, ten at the most, something new happens, a demo, a guest, a video, something to re-engage the audience.

The author, Carmine Gallo, does a good job of analysing Jobs' presentation skills and presenting the underlying science which supports every thing he does.

It does not matter whether you are a professional speaker or just do the occasional presentation, if you read this book, your next one will be better, maybe totally different and amazingly much better. Nobody said that only Jobs can do it.


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