The UX of Presentation Zen

I just finished reading Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds.  It should be mandatory reading for anyone who presents anything, ever.  There is so much goodness in this book about communication and it’s so short.  I would classify it similar to Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug.  A quick read that gives immediate value.  Highly suggested.

My favorite part is about the beginner’s mind, which I posted about previously.  I think it’s brilliant.

I think I am going to change my slides in my presentations to use full screen pictures instead of using the PowerPoint frames and shadow effects.  I definetely like the way they look.  Of course, someone has to ask me to present again to utilize this newfound power.

I was actually just reviewing someone else’s presentation and it looked horrible to me.  I think the book has raised my expectations and now even my own slides look amateurish.  Even lessons that I knew about, I had broken repeatedly.

Anyway, good book.  Highly suggested.  Now I just need to finish the rest of the books I am mid-stream on.

4 replies on “The UX of Presentation Zen”

Thanks for the great write-up on Garr Reynolds’ book!

I work for Peachpit Press and thought you and your readers might be interested in knowing that he just released his first online streaming video, Presentation Zen: The Video, where he expands on the ideas presented in his book and blog. The DVD is now available for purchase as well.

Whatya think?