Tag Archive: Presentation

May 11

Review – The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs

The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any AudienceThe Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience by Carmine Gallo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Carmine Gallo does a great service to presenters by sharing a successful methodology for planning, preparing, and delivery of presentations. I appreciated the sharing of research at keys points in the book that underscores the reason for a particular approach. Carmine summarizes the material several times with key examples to help the reader internalize the learning. My mind is whirling with ideas to improve my own presentations using the methods described in this book. I recommend this book to those that participate in any phase of presenting as a learning tool to improve presentations and delivery skills.

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May 09

Review – Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and DeliveryPresentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery by Garr Reynolds

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Presentation Zen provides numerous ways to enhance presentations and delivery of presentations. Garr discusses the many things that most of us hate about many presentations but we still continue to see them used almost on a daily basis.

My own company is bent on developing “slidumentation.” Like Garr, I agree this is poor approach to providing process documentation. Even before reading this book, I mentioned several times to senior management how the context of the documentation is lost the moment the information session about that process documentation is completed. Garr provides several tips to overcome this problem.

I truly enjoyed the techniques shared about simplifying visuals to enhance the presentation rather than visuals that compete for the focus on the information the speaker provides. I am thankful for my mentors who have shared some techniques with me in the past and I look forward to implementing some of the techniques presented in this book.

I recommend this book to those that regularly present information. The techniques, when implemented, will improve your capabilities as a presenter.

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