Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery

By: Garr Reynolds
  • Combining the solid principles of design with the tenets of zen simplicity, Reynolds puts you solidly on the path to creating simpler, more effective presentations that will be appreciated, remembered, and acted upon.
  • Offers new design examples and techniques to create beautiful, effective slides.
  • Learn how to build slides that focus your audience’s attention precisely where you want it.

An Approach, Not a Method

"Presentation Zen is an approach, not a method. Method implies a step-by-step, systematic, planned, and linear process. Method suggests a definite and proven procedure that you can pick off a shelf and follow from A to Z in a logical, orderly fashion. As as approach, Presentation Zen suggests a road, a direction, a frame of mind - perhaps even a philosophy - but not a formula of proven rules to be followed by all in the same way."

This handful of sentences from Presentation Zen's first chapter is where I became instantly hooked. This brilliantly encapsulates the way we all should be looking at presentations, but don't. We look for boxes to check, we want to fulfill the requirements and make that equal success. We do everything we can to unconsciously prevent the growth of any connection between ourselves and the audience.

Reynolds effortlessly guides you through his high level approach of Preparation, Design and Delivery, giving you a myriad of tools to add to your presentation toolbelt, to create the aforementioned connections. Practical tools, tools that can be added and incorporated with ease, for anyone. The book is full of graphical examples and quotes that are thought provoking. In particular, there are many books cited as sources, which is greatly appreciated. I imagine that everyone will find aspects of the book very intriguing and there will be plenty of follow-up material available for a deeper dive.

As the ultimate compliment, I initially ordered this book for my iPad. I'm now placing the order for two physical copies as Presentation Zen deserves a place on my bookshelf, as a reference, and it's going to be a great Christmas gift. I can already tell that this book will age well and is definitely going to go through some wear and tear, there is that much material that is worthwhile for anyone that does presentations.

F. Fievet

F. Fievet


More Praises

Changed my presentation style

This book was recommended to me by a business colleague. I expected a good book, but this has made an amazing difference in how I plan and write presentations. Well worth the money.

Julia Johnson

La Crosse, WI, US

Stop doing boring presentations.

This dramatically improves presentations if you follow the guidelines. At the same time it leaves plenty of room for creative freedom.


Oshkosh, WI

Essential book for public speaking

The essential book/guide for public speaking. Great resource for anyone preparing a speech or presentation—students or professionals. Very useful for entrepreneurs building pitch decks as well. I own both editions and reread/review them regularly.

Gregory Pittman


Worth time and money.

This book has great ideas on how to deliver and develop better presentations. I just wish it had an audio version also.

Pamela Johnson


Book Details

Publisher : New Riders; 3rd edition (December 14, 2019)
Language: : English
Paperback : 336 pages
ISBN-10 : 0135800919
ISBN-13 : 978-0135800911
Item Weight : 1.5 pounds
Dimensions : 7.45 x 0.85 x 9.2 inches
Best Sellers Rank : #33,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
#35 in Business Communication
#202 in Communication Skills

About the Author

Garr Reynolds


Garr Reynolds is an internationally acclaimed communications expert, and the creator of the most popular Web site on presentation design and delivery on the net: A soughtafter speaker and consultant, his clients include many in the Fortune 500. A writer, designer, and musician, he currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Management at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan. Garr is a former corporate trainer for Sumitomo Electric, and once worked in Cupertino, California as the Manager for Worldwide User Group Relations at Apple, Inc. A longtime student of the Zen arts and resident of Japan, he currently lives in Osaka where he is Director of Design Matters Japan.

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