Friday, October 17, 2008

Book Review: Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds

For anyone who's sat through a painful PowerPoint presentation... or fought with a boss or colleague about PowerPoint slides filled with microscopic text... Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds is the book to read (or recommend to the presenter responsible for the bad presentation).

A colleague, Sarah Morgan, Director of Client Services at MCS Public Relations, received the recommendation to read this book from a fellow speaker at the Tech Council of Maryland's Social Media conference. I decided to check it out myself.

It's a quick read, and when you're done you'll leave behind the days of clutter-filled, text-heavy slides. You'll realize that a PPT presentation SHOULD NOT be able to stand on its own. And you'll realize that you should spend as much time planning your presentation (preferably on paper, sticky notes, or white boards, according to Reynolds) as you do actually creating the slides themselves.

Filled with great examples of "before" and "after" slides, Reynolds makes a strong case for the complete revisioning of how you and your colleagues use PPT. Now if I only I can convince those around me that he's right!

Read it yourself and let me know what you think.

-- Robin

1 comment:

Sarah Morgan said...

That second-to-last sentence... THAT is the problem!!