Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and by Garr Reynolds

By Garr Reynolds

Presentation fashion designer and across the world acclaimed communications professional Garr Reynolds, writer of the most well-liked site on presentation layout and supply on the internet -- presentationzen.com -- stocks his event in a provocative mixture of illumination, proposal, schooling, and assistance that would switch how you take into consideration making displays with PowerPoint or Keynote. Presentation Zen demanding situations the normal knowledge of creating "slide presentations" in today's global and encourages you to imagine otherwise and extra creatively in regards to the education, layout, and supply of your shows. Garr stocks classes and views that draw upon sensible recommendation from the fields of conversation and company. Combining reliable rules of layout with the tenets of Zen simplicity, this booklet might help you alongside the trail to less complicated, better shows.

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Proof that we live in a world dominated by "bad PowerPoint"—many conferences today require speakers to follow uniform PowerPoint guidelines and submit their PowerPoint files far in advance of the conference. The conference now takes these "standardized PowerPoints" and prints them in a large conference binder or includes them in the conference DVD for attendees to take home. What the conference organizers are implying is that a cryptic series of slides featuring bullet points and titles makes for both good visual support in your live presentation and for credible documentation of your presentation content long after your talk has ended.

Nada. wanted my hour back. The wasted hour was not the fault of PowerPoint or bad slides, however. The presentation would have been greatly improved if the presenter had simply kept two questions in mind in preparing for the talk: What's my point? And why does it matter? It is hard enough for presenters to find their core message and express it in a way that is unambiguously understood. But why does it matter? This is where people really stumble. This is because the presenter is so close to his material that the question of why it should matter simply seems obvious, too obvious to make explicit.

Who is the audience?  What's their background?  What do they expect of me (us)?  Why was I asked to speak? • What do I want them to do?  What visual medium is most appropriate for this particular  situation and audience?  What is the fundamental purpose of my talk?  What's the story here?  And this is the most fundamental question of all. Stripped down  to its essential core: What is my absolutely central point? Or put it this way: If the audience could remember only one thing (and you'll be lucky if they do), what do you want it to be?

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