Searching on Amazon on public speaking, it returns exactly 7,531 books. This is today, and this is a favourite topic for writers. I have a feel will go up soon. It’s hard to get through the clutter on both sides, writers and speakers. This article is for speakers, who, by investing a few hours for three days, will take the game not to the proverbial next level, but straight to the penthouse.
So, what are my favorite three books on great presentations? A simple, short list – I included a bit about the authors as well, from the standard bit that Amazon has in their site. Search for these folks online – they all maintain a blog. They are all extraordinarily accomplished individuals in the field of presentations. Check the blogroll for links to their blogs.
I am going to go that far and recommend you read them in order – one speaks about simplicity, ideas and flow when planning a presentation, one introduces the power of a strong deck, and the other talks how all this comes together through the best presenter in the world today, Steve Jobs. So: 1.how to plan the flow, then 2. How to create the best deck ever, then 3. How the top man does it, with copious examples.
- Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery by 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: presentationzen.com. 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.
2. slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations by Nancy Duarte
Nancy Duarte owns one of the largest design firms in Silicon Valley and is listed as a top woman-owned business in the area. Duarte Design is one of the few agencies in the world focused solely on presentations, whether they are delivered in person, online or via mobile device. Nancy’s twenty years of experience working with global companies and thought leaders has influenced the perception of some of the world’s most valuable brands and many of humanity’s common causes.
3. The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience by Carmine Gallo
Carmine Gallo is a communications coach for some of the world’s most admired brands: Intel, SanDisk, Nokia, The Home Depot, IBM, and many others. Gallo transforms ordinary business professionals in extraordinary speakers.
Gallo is a former CNN business journalist and author of the book, 10 Simple Secrets of the World’s Greatest Business Communicators.
These are my three books. Do you have your three books on unleashing the awesome presenter within? Feel free to share, leave a comment on the blog.