Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (Voices That Matter)

A friend of mine suggested this book to me over a year ago and I finally got a chance to read it. And I’m glad I did.

Lately I’ve been thinking about how I got where I am, and what might make me special and useful. This book may help you find some of those answers too. The author spent a great deal of time in Japan, and applies many Japanese concepts to presentations; in a sense using life to imitate art (or design if you will).

Lately I’ve been experimenting with giving presentations without slides; I’ve been learning this from members of my current team, who seem to intuitively understand how to work a telephone crowd with a mere wiki page and the spoken word.

Lately I’ve been thinking about decks without words, which is near what the author would suggest – strip the slides down to the minimum that displays the core ideas, then talk to the crowd.

Getting back to basics. Applying improvisation and connection to presentations. Really good stuff.


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