Presentation Zen - Garr Reynolds
By Josh Kaufman
I’ve struggled to find a good book about the art of presenting to business audiences for years now. As I’m sure you’ve experienced, Powerpoint-style business presentations tend to be painfully boring and needlessly complex. After three years of research, I’m happy to finally be able to recommend a book that will teach you the essence of how to be a polished and persuasive presenter: Presentation Zen.
Crafting a presentation is a creative act, and in Presentation Zen, you’ll learn how to identify the core of your message, eliminate unnecessary elements, and communicate your thoughts in a way people can easily remember and act upon.
Like On Writing Well, this book is more about the thinking behind your presentation than simply the mechanics of presenting. Under the guidance of master presenter Garr Reynolds, you’ll learn how to prepare and plan for your presentation, what to include (and what to leave out), the best ways to use text and images, and why it’s important to plan your talk away from the computer. When you’re ready to create your own material, the library of sample slides will give you plenty of inspiration to get started.
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