I've been pointed to a video of Garr Reynolds (Presentation Zen author) presenting at Google: VERY interesting and a bit long (71 minutes).

I see something similar and something different from MT 'approach': what's your opinion?


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Pier G -
I love Garr Reynolds' work. Consider staying in regular touch with his work by following his website, and purchasing his new book "Presentation Zen"

And one other suggestion - here's a great online lecture on presenting from Patrick Winston of Harvard Business School..

To your question - the similarities between M-T and Reynolds are probably more important than the differences. Reynolds takes the whole "design" of slides a bit farther than M/M - and that probably makes sense, because Garr is in the business of presentation design, and MT is about improving the professionalism of management (of which presentation is one part).


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PierG, thanks for the link - I'm going to have to schedule for a video of that length....

Hugh, minor point: Prof. Winston is from MIT; he happened to be speaking at Harvard. Anyway, Winston's ideas are solid, although they have a more academic lecture focus. Great stuff to know, especially if you have a presentation with a significant educational dimension to it.


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D'oh! :oops:

Another source is a podcast called "presentations roundtable" - here's the website:

Caveat: There's a pretty wide range of quality and applicability in the four or five podcasts produced so far. But I think it's worth keeping an eye on.

If you're interested in a cognitive science-based perspective, here's a link to a summary of some work done by [i][u][b]Harvard cognitive scientist Stephen M. Kosslyn[/b][/u][/i] (sorry hack - I couldn't resist :lol: ):

And the whole cognitive science approach was written about really well in a famous essay by Edward Tufte (use the Google: Tufte, PowerPoint).

Yeah, I'm a real nut on the topic of effective presentations...


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Merlin Mann has a [url=]nice roundup of presentation thoughts[/url], including Presentation Zen, Guy Kawasaki's 10-20-30 rule, and Beyond Bullet Points. Merlin is my hero after introducing me to his [url=]Inbox Zero[/url] concepts.

By all means, read the [url=]Tufte book on PowerPoint[/url]. $7 of presentation gold.