Sometime over the summer I read a couple of books that made a huge change in my approach to my writing, my tutorials, and other presentations I offer. One book was by Garr Reynolds: Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (Voices That Matter).
I used the techniques he explained when I created the keynote presentation at the Engage your Community conference in April this year. Others tell me the keynote was a success. I can say that the audience laughed when I hoped they would, gasped when I wanted them to, and appeared interested.
Now he’s coming to Wellington to run a one-day Webstock workshop abut the techniques and approaches explained in the book:
This workshop is for anyone who needs to present to clients, potential clients, colleagues, staff – in fact, an audience of pretty much any sort.
The way you present can be the difference maker in winning a job, in convincing your staff or your managers, or in getting that first round of investment in your start-up.
Garr Reynolds’s workshop won’t show you how to “win friends and influence people.” It won’t give you the “10 sure-fire tips on using Powerpoint”. It’s something much more valuable than that.
You’ll learn that you don’t have to bore them. You’ll learn a series of approaches and philosophies and ways of thinking about presenting that will help you get your message across whilst making it rewarding and entertaining for those listening. And you’ll learn how to go about contstructing your presentation for maximum effect.
I’ve signed up to attend the workshop. Why don’t you?