Presentation Zen - the approach you need when you don’t think you need it

I’ve been a fan of Garr Reynolds’ Presentation Zen approach since I first read the excellent book, also called Presentation Zen (aff), and subsequently saw Garr present in Sydney.

In this post on Phil Presents, presentation coach Phil Waknell discusses just why the Presentation Zen approach is needed most when you think you don’t need it.

But Presentation Zen is not a style: it is an approach. It is a different way of thinking about presentations, which does not prescribe the use of quality stock photos, although they may often feature in a resulting slide-deck. The end-result of using the Presentation Zen approach is an interesting, relevant and memorable presentation — not just some pretty slides.

He goes onto outline three types of presentations where presenters claim Presentation Zen is not appropriate:

  1. A boring subject
  2. A technical presentation
  3. A review of business results

He expands on each of these, explaining just why Presentation Zen is needed, with some brief tips on how to go about it.

Well worth a read, and of course, get the Presentation Zen book or Presentation Zen Kindle edition.

From: When you think Presentation Zen isn’t appropriate, that’s when you need it most « Phil Presents


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