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on 8 July 2013
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.

At the end of the course, all of the participants were assessed on a presentation and demo which they had to prepare during the two weeks. My presentation on good communication came on day one, shortly followed by the assigning of course assignments.

All of my students used the guiding principles of Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery to great effect. It was a joy to watch!

Thank you very much Garr Reynolds.
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VINE VOICEon 11 April 2016
This book is the perfect antidote to death by powerpoint. It looks at the problem with 99% of presentations that most people deliver using slides stuffed with text. It explains why this fails to deliver what you really want to achieve. It appears that people are not very good at listening and reading at the same time! The content makes perfect sense and shows how you can really improve your communication when presenting to people. The question is if you are brave enough to change your presentations to go against the accepted norm? Having sat through 3 days of bad presentations at a conference, I really wanted to hand copies of this to the speakers. If you really want to communicate your message, then this shows how you can do with for maximum effect. If you are giving presentations then you really must read this!
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on 15 July 2012
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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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 28 August 2015
This is one of those books that deserves the epithet of being a "classic" in its genre. The advice is simple, and well presented in a very easy to read format. There are plenty of examples to illustrate his points. The advice can be summed up in "less is more" but what is really helpful is the emphasis on the role of the visual aids in presentations - to add to the presentation, not to provide some kind of running commentary with all the facts. My only slight reservation is the repeated promotion of one particular source of images - which while good, is expensive if you have a large number of presentations to make. It is, however, a good source if your needs are for one or two "killer" presentations which you then tweak according to need. It's a book with both style and substance - not surprising as he follows his own advice when writing too - plenty of emotional content and a visually stimulating layout. Great stuff.
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on 21 January 2012
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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on 17 April 2012
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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on 24 April 2016
Very enjoyable book, although the frequent insertion of Japanese is a trifle distracting. The book is well structured and is a timely reminder that first and foremost the key to any presentation is the presenter themselves, everything is just support material. A short section on how to convince your boss that his/her mindset needs to change would have been good. Guidance on handouts / leave-behinds is also very relevant - how many organisations insist that you must provide copies of your slides so they can include them for delegates?!
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on 28 June 2013
As someone who does a LOT of presenting, this book has proved invaluable!

some real gems in here

Highly recommended :-)
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on 30 October 2012
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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on 10 December 2012
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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