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The Naked Presenter: Delivering Powerful Presentations with or without Slides (Voices That Matter) Paperback – 29 Nov 2010
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“ Many books about presentation delivery cover simple topics like eye contact and gestures. Garr’s book goes much deeper, highlighting Zen concepts that address meaningful ways to connect credibly with an audience. It’s a must-read for anyone who has to give presentations. ”
Nancy Duarte, CEO of Duarte Design and author of slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations and Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences
“ I take everything Garr Reynolds says to heart. I don’t read his books, I devour them from the inside out. The Naked Presenter is a book whose time has come. Shedding everything to focus on the audience and the content is the true secret to great presentations. Now, Garr is sharing that secret (and how to do it) with the world. ”
Mitch Joel, President of Twist Image and author of Six Pixels of Separation
From the Back Cover
In his first two best-selling booksPresentation Zen and Presentation Zen Design, Garr Reynolds gave readers the necessary tools for planning and designing successful presentations. Establishing the framework for beautifully designed and well-prepared presentations, he now examines the delivery of the presentation in this handy, beautiful, and simple guide.
The Naked Presenter teaches readers how they can reach an audience by stripping away all that is unnecessary to get at the essence of the message. The naked presenter approaches the presentation task embracing the ideas of simplicity, clarity, honesty, integrity, and passion. She presents with a certain freshness. The ideas may or may not be radical, earth shattering, or new. But there is a "newness" and freshness to her approach and to her content. And if she uses slideware, her slides fit well with her talk and are harmonious with her message. The slides are in sync, and are simple and beautifully designed, yet never steal the show or rise above serving a strong but simple supportive role.
In this book, readers will learn how to achieve that balance and gain the skills to deliver presentations that are natural and memorable.
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Present to public 'naked' is a great metaphor for openness and going near and authentic.
This book is full of good tips for new public speakers as for experiences ones, easy to read, all can learn from it, be inspired by it
For example, the second chapter is about preparation. Giving us the steps to do it. From the time alone, to reflect, and the advice to "unplug ourself" from the computer. Begin with pen and a notebook; to the advice to edit and cut (difficult for me but yes very useful) and then rehearse, practice and practice again to be able to be confident when the time arrive.
I also liked how he tells us, in detail, why telling is so important.
So much to absorb and use from this book!
Now, I attack the 3rd chapter, again...
There is another problem with this book. Reynolds is deeply fascinated by Japanese civilisation and clearly believes it has many lessons to teach us and his minimalist, Zen aesthetic on the design side is what has rightly made him famous in the presentation world. But in this book, he reminded me of Alison Hannigan's character in the American Pie films who begins every other sentence with the phrase, "This one time, at band camp ..."
Garr spends a LOT of time using at-best tenuous analogies from Japanese culture to make his points about presentations - so apparently, a presentation is like taking a Japanese bath, should be like a bamboo, must overcome the 10 evils of Budo, could be like Aikido (and Judo!) and should have P.U.N.C.H. (yet another lousy acronym) too.
Garr's fascination with all things Japanese is even starting to pollute his slides. I have noticed now that he regularly has his usual beautiful image, along with the pull quote or tightly phrased idea, on his slides - PLUS Japanese subtitles for the verbiage. What!? That's called clutter! If you're presenting to a Japanese audience, you use the yokogaki, for everyone else, that is just indecipherable clutter taking up room on your slide.
If you're looking for a good text on crafting the narrative of your presentation, try Nancy Duarte's Resonate (Nancy works with presenters every day and it shows on every page) and if you want to get into the meat and potatoes of oratory and rhetoric for your delivery, go to the Master - Max Atkinson. No cutesie ideas, no silly acronyms or self-indulgent analogies, just solid, example-driven advice from the trenches.
This book? Not worth your time.