The Naked Presenter: Delivering Powerful Presentations With or Without Slides

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When we learn to present naked, we reach our audiences by communicating the essence of the message, stripping away all that is unnecessary and embracing the ideas of simplicity, clarity, honesty, integrity, and passion. If ""slideware"" is used, the slides never steal the show or rise above serving a strong but simple supportive role. The ideas in the presentation may or may not be radical, earth shattering, or new, but there is freshness to the approach and content that makes a lasting impression.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“ Many books about presentation delivery cover simple topics like eye contact and gestures. Garr’s book goes much deeper, highlighting Zen concepts that address meaningful ways to connect credibly with an audience. It’s a must-read for anyone who has to give presentations. ”
Nancy Duarte, CEO of Duarte Design and author of slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations and Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences

“ I take everything Garr Reynolds says to heart. I don’t read his books, I devour them from the inside out. The Naked Presenter is a book whose time has come. Shedding everything to focus on the audience and the content is the true secret to great presentations. Now, Garr is sharing that secret (and how to do it) with the world. ”
Mitch Joel, President of Twist Image and author of Six Pixels of Separation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321704450
  • Publisher: New Riders
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Series: Voices That Matter Series
  • Pages: 206
  • Sales rank: 448,034
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Garr Reynolds is the author of the best-selling books Presentation Zen and Presentation Zen Design, and a leading authority on presentation design and delivery. A sought-after speaker and consultant, his clients include many in the Fortune 500. A writer, designer, musician, and long-time student of the Zen arts, he is currently Associate Professor of Management at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan and Director of Design Matters in Japan. Garr's popular blog on presentation design and delivery is at
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Table of Contents

1 Naturalness and the Art of Presenting Naked 5

Who Is This Book For? 6

Naturally Naked 6

What Does It Mean to Present Naked? 10

Presentation Generation 17

About This Book 24

2 First Things First: Preparation 29

You Need Alone Time 30

Identify the Purpose 33

The Power of Story 43

A Simplified Process 49

The Day of the Presentation 56

3 Connect with Punch, Presence, and Projection 63

Begin with Punch 64

Establish Presence 76

Project Yourself 82

Gain Confidence 88

4 Engage with Passion, Proximity, and Play 99

Show Your Passion 100

Tapping Emotions 106

Interact Using Proximity 114

Develop Play 122

5 Sustain with Pace and Participation 135

Vary the Pace 136

Changing the Play 140

Involve Through Participation 144

6 End with a Powerful Finish 163

Make Your Ending "Sticky" 163

How to End on a Powerful Note 167

Naked Q&A Session 173

7 Continuous Improvement Through Persistence 185

Lessons Are Everywhere 187

Everyone Can Improve 188

Naturalness and the Three Cs of Presenting with Impact 193

Index 200

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

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    Great Read!

    Excellent book. Very interesting with compelling visuals, just like the author says our presentatioms should be. Looking forward to going back and reading 'Presentation Zen' now!

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