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Book Review – “Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery” by Garr Reynolds


Great book on presentation slidesBook Review – Presentation Zen:  Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery by Garr Reynolds

You had me at Guy Kawasaki’s foreword.    

As I soaked up the pages of Garr Reynolds’ Presentation Zen, I said to my husband, “Oh my gosh, this book is AWESOME!”

I usually don’t get giddy about a book.  I was giggling as I said those words to the hubby.


That was 4 years ago and since then, I’ve used Garr Reynold’s approach to creating presentation slides and haven’t looked back.

Reynolds beautifully illustrates with slide comparisons and explanations why using slides with visuals and very few words are more appealing and effective when delivering presentations.  While he shares other presentation points in the book, it’s the slide illustrations that have made this book a mainstay in the presentation business.


What I like about Presentation Zen compared to other books about presentation slides (such as Cliff Atkinson’s Beyond Bullet Points or Nancy Duarte’s Slide-ology) is its simplicity.  Reynolds applies his approach in an easily accessible, can-do way that non-graphic designers can quickly grasp.  I know I did!


Four years ago I read the first edition of Presentation Zen.  Reynolds has since published a second edition.  (It’s on my wish list at Amazon but I haven’t picked it up yet).


I’ve blogged a few times about parts of the approach – as well as my 2 cents in applying the ideas.  But nothing beats reading the original.


I highly recommend getting and consuming this presentation classic!!!