APF, October 9, 2012 (view all comments by APF)
This book was recommended to me by a person who makes their living helping people turn presentations (bland, long, bullet-riddled Powerpoints) into stories that move people. While it might seem slender, the results I achieved with it were profound. In less than a year, in Japan, Europe, and the US, I achieved more in business than I have ever before.
Basically, stop competing with your slides and with your message. Tell a story with spoken words, images and design. If you need to convey a lot of information - tell your audience, don't make them read while trying to listen to you.
If they need written information, create a leave-behind. Your presentation should convey ideas in a way that complements you, the presenter and makes you the center of the event. I recommend this book to anyone who is serious about, or who makes a living from, communicating with people.
This book also highlights a wider theme - less is more in every form of communication. Fewer, well-chosen words always achieve more than rambling verbosity.. Logorrhea, either as a narcissistic tendency or because of a lack of organized thinking, alienates the listener and makes success less likely. Now I am going to go back and edit this comment lest find I have run on. :)
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draconismoi, June 27, 2008 (view all comments by draconismoi)
Don't waste your money. You can get the entire content of this book in a few minutes by flipping through the pages and reading the headings - or just looking at the pictures.
Do you know anyone who ever took an art class in school? Did you? I am not a creative person, but the ideas in here were beyond basic - even for me. And the detailed suggestions offered were for people with large budgets to create their powerpoint or keynote presentations.
Oh I should just turn an entire wall of my office into a giant storyboard!? Such a shame I don't have my own office, or one with a wall I am allowed to staple large pieces of paper too on a regular basis. Oh I should use professional photos?! Well gee, why didn't I think of PAYING for every aspect of the in-house presentation my company wanted ME to make - rather than pay a professional to put together?
Unless you have never in your life been exposed to the concept of 'ooo pretty' and have a large budge to play with - do not bother with this book. If you are a student and your professor has "strongly recommended" this book - just flip through it to get the basic concepts and don't even consider wasting money on it so you can thoroughly read it to be told how to spend more money you don't have.
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Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (Voices That Matter)
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A powerful way to master every performance in your career and life, from presentations and sales pitches to interviews and tough conversations, drawing on the methods the author applied as a working actor and has honed over a decade of coaching salespeople, marketers, managers, and business owners.
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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