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Presentation Zen Sketchbook (Voices That Matter)

A book by Garr Reynolds

Although he has a laptop or electronic device with him at virtually all times, it is pen and paper that Garr Reynolds uses to privately brainstorm, explore ideas, make lists, and generally sketch out ideas for presentations. As many agree, the act of … see full wiki

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Author: Garr Reynolds
Genre: Business & Investing
Publisher: New Riders Press
1 review about Presentation Zen Sketchbook (Voices That...

Very nice design with an elegant beauty to it...

  • Sep 25, 2010
I'm not sure that "book review" is the right term to use for reviewing Garr Reynolds' Presentation Zen Sketchbook, as book reviews usually involve thoughts about the *content* of a book. But this book *has* no content, as it's designed to allow you to write and sketch your own thoughts, ideas, and images for your next project or presentation. In terms of blank page books, this is one of the nicest and most interesting ones that I have. While it demands to be used, I almost don't want to write in it as it feels like I'd be marring its beauty. Yes, I *do* have issues to deal with... :)

The Presentation Zen Sketchbook is a spiral-bound moleskine-style notebook that alternates between blank pages and storyboard-formatted pages. If you know anything about Reynolds and his Presentation Zen concepts, you'll immediately understand the reason for this. Rather than create a presentation by immediately going to the computer, he prefers to jot down ideas and images in an analog format to eliminate the forced constraints of a presentation tool like PowerPoint or KeyNote. By putting pencil to paper, he can play around on the page and formulate his message better than trying to make it appear on screen first. This sketchbook gives you the same opportunity to create in that fashion, using basic tools you can take with you anywhere.

I mentioned the "beauty" of this sketchbook, and you might be wondering why I get excited over plain blank pages. In this case, they're not completely blank. Every couple of pages, you'll find some sort of surprise waiting for you. It may be a quote from Presentation Zen or some simple yet graceful image of a plant or flower. They are scattered in their location on the page, yet they don't intrude on the blank canvas you have for your creation. After anywhere from eight to ten blank pages, you'll find from eight to ten storyboard-formatted pages, eight squares to a page. You can think of them as your analog PowerPoint tool, or sticky notes that don't move around on the page. Either way, the combination of the two types of page formats is perfect for preparing your next presentation or talk.

This may be the first blank book that I've actually gone through page by page, looking for the quotes and images. :)

If you're a writer or presenter who easily falls in love with paper, books, writing utensils, and all the other "tools of the trade", I think you'll love the Presentation Zen Sketchbook. I only wish I had a case of them here in my office so I wouldn't feel like it was such a big decision about what project I'll allocate this particular one to...

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