Presentation Zen is an amazing book which manages to take something as seemingly pedestrian as creating better presentations and turn it into a celebration of life. No mean feat, that.
Presentation Zen is the kind of book you want to carry with you to every presentation you see and hand to every person who exposes you to Death by PowerPoint. You know exactly what that means: The droning over slides groaning under the weight of text interspersed with tacky clipart. Read Presentation Zen and you’ll never subject your audience to torment like that again.
This wonderful book can literally save corporate America billions of dollars a year of time wasted half-asleep in half-lit rooms.
It would be wrong to harvest the points Reynolds makes and post them on the Web, but one takeaway in particular deserves to be shouted out loud from the rooftops: Don’t don’t don’t create “slideuments,” that unholy mix of slideshow and handout that doesn’t work as either. Instead, create slides that work as slides, and if you need to leave a handout, create a written document that can stand alone.
I can’t recommend Presentation Zen highly enough. Buy it and cherish it.
Posted Wednesday, 29 October, 2008 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.