Presentation Zen

A while ago I read the book “Presentation Zen” from Garr Reynolds. Garrs website can be found at Presentation Zen .

I must thank Oliver Gierke for the recommendation of the book.

The advice this book gives is actually very simple:

1.) Use lots of whitespace

2.) Avoid lot of text
3.) Avoid lots of bullet points


4.) Don’t treat powerpoint as a replacement for word
5.) Use a few nice looking pictures
6.) in extreme a presentation should be worthless without the presenter to explain it

You find nice introductions and examples in the following links.

How to create powerful presentations

Designing compelling presentations

If you have other good examples please let me know.

I really enjoy listening to presentations delivered in this format and if I have the opportunity to use this format I also have much more fun in presenting.

About Lars Vogel

Lars Vogel is the founder and CEO of the vogella GmbH and works as Eclipse and Android consultant, trainer and book author. He is a regular speaker at international conferences, He is the primary author of vogella.com. With more than one million visitors per month this website is one of the central sources for Java, Eclipse and Android programming information.
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4 Responses to Presentation Zen

  1. Kim Moir says:

    Good recommendation! Another book that I found helpful is “Confessions of a Public Speaker” by Scott Berkun

    http://www.amazon.ca/Confessions-Public-Speaker-Scott-Berkun/dp/0596801998/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1267201419&sr=8-1

  2. Lars Vogel says:

    @Kim: Thanks for the recommendation. Sounds like a great book.

  3. Lars Vogel says:

    @Kim: I found this Youtube presentation about the “Confessions of a public speaker”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwVLbg1EfCI

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