Presentation Zen - Garr Reynolds

Rethink your presentations to tell a powerful story

Learn how to take your presentations up several notches. This step by step Siminar will enable you to apply the principles of Presentation Zen to your presentations everyday easily and quickly

A step-by-step process for making a presentation the zen way. 

This siminar will help you:
  • Plan, draw out, and polish your presentation. 
  • Focus on the story you need to tell. 
  • Practice how to deliver.

Facilitators

Neeraj Bansal

CoFounder and President of Siminars. Love to see great ideas be explained easily so everyone can benefit. We started and continue to work on this to democratize great knowledge that can be consumed easily. Love to hear feedback and ideas from all.

Featured Book

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery

Reynolds, Garr

Published: 2008-01-04 by New Riders Press. 228 Pages. ISBN: 9780321525659

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Syllabus

1 Preparation

Start with the basics.

  1. Pages 1-45: Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery
  2. A Primer
  3. What’s your presentation’s most important objective?
  4. Copy and paste the answer to the last question onto your first slide. Having it there will help remind you of why you're doing the talk in the first place as you work on and review, what you've made.
  5. The Pain of Powerpoint.
  6. For information dense presentations, consider making a handout. On a handout, people can take their time to work out complex concepts; in a presentation, they can’t. Your full fact base should go on a handout, the story it tells should go in your presentation.

2 Crafting the Story

Story is meaning.

  1. Who is your audience? Why should they care about what you have to say? What do you want them to do?
  2. Pages 45-65: Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery
  3. Write a 45 second elevator pitch.
  4. Share your elevator pitch with us here!
  5. Master Storyteller
  6. 3 Stories from Steve Jobs

3 Constraints

Necessity breeds invention.

  1. Pages 31-45: Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery
  2. How much time do you have? Do you have any stylistic important constraints on the presentation? Tone? Sensitive topics?
  3. Take the story you collected in the last step and break it up into sentences of 10 words or less. List them in order, and you’ve got yourself the bones of your narrative.
  4. Steve Jobs on Saying No
  5. Constraint
  6. Homer Simpson - The Homer

4 Writing it Out

Put it to paper.

  1. Fire up your slidemaking software of choice. Take the 6 – 10 word chunks you wrote out in the last step and make each it's own slide.
  2. Fonts
  3. Choose a tasteful font for your newborn slides; check out the guide for a list of good ones.
  4. An Important Warning
  5. A Rant

5 Drawing it Out

Pictures are powerful.

  1. Pages 45-75: Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery
  2. What graphics (charts, tables, etc.) do you have to include in your presentation?
  3. The Rule
  4. Once you’ve got the text for your slides written out, print out some double-sided blank slide pages and sketch out where you want the text.
  5. Visual Problem Solving

6 Visuals

Seeing is believing.

  1. Pages 119-165: Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery
  2. What kinds of visuals do you want to include in your presentation?
  3. On your slide drawings, sketch out where you want to incorporate visuals into the presentation.
  4. What Not To Do
  5. Choose a color scheme for your presentation. Check that the colors on your slides (especially on your text) stand out from one another.
  6. The Principles of Design

7 Simplify

KISS

  1. At this point, does your presentation look and feel simple? Is it guiding the audience towards your central point?
  2. Pages 103-119: Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery
  3. The Zen Aesthetic
  4. Scan through each slide in your presentation. If you can't find a reason why a slide absolutely needs to be there, get rid of it or consolidate it.
  5. Zen Articles
  6. Go through your design, and rearrange it to include more white space where you can.

8 Start Practicing

It makes perfect.

  1. Pages 201-217: Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery
  2. What Steve Jobs Did
  3. Start running your presentation and talking along with it. If you can, do this in sight of a mirror. Don't worry about mastering your delivery yet, just get comfortable running your mouth while running your presentation.
  4. Slow Down and Persuade

9 Mastering the Delivery

Finish strong.

  1. Where are you doing your presentation? What time of day will it be?
  2. Mister Rogers Makes $20,000,000
  3. Calming Nerves
  4. Being in the Moment