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Presentation Zen

I forgot to write about Presentation Zen here, which I finished time ago.


A lot of ideas for presenters accumulated there that are useful for entire process, from the beginning when looking for opportunity to make a presentation till the end when on stage presenting the result.

The main idea, the Book gives you APPROACH, NOT strict guidelines; like laws or school rules [you must add this, you must use that]. Don’t be confused with that (as I was at the beginning, when started to read), book does not contain any magic tips, that will make you the best presenter in the world.

Book starts with description about ekiben, special type of food that is sold in Japan trains. Author finds ekiben great balanced [harmonized] type food, which he calls a pleasant way to end the day. Author wonders, where is the problem to make the presentation in the same way, balanced and harmonized…

You will find plenty of author’s thoughts and ideas, that can be very helpful for your future presentations and hints how to find the harmony and balance. There is only one rule or suggestions, that Garr Reynolds strongly recommends – to use images on presentation as much as possible, of course there might be problem when you are limited by corporative rules, but even then you can find useful information !

Book’s one great example taken from Seth Godinh [if I’m not mistaken], when talking about pollution in your city, what is better
1) four bullet points about pollution data
2) photo of bunch of dead birds, some smog or even diseased lung, and talk give this information enclosed in four bullets.

Which is better, well I think the answer is clear, and there are others examples too.

There are other examples and ideas, that you may find interesting and learn to make your presentations better (at least it worked for me). However, I’m just rookie in this stuff.

Well what is the conclusion, this Book should be placed for your must have category, if you have any relation to presentations.

Pecha Kucha Approach

Information about Pecha Kucha is taken from the book described on previous post.

What do you know about Pecha Kucha, I do not know nothing before. Pecha Kucha is the event. It was started at 2003 (Japan, Tokyo). It is presentation meetings.

Rules are very simple, every person has to use 20 slides (20 images) each show for 20 seconds, so 6 minutes and 40 seconds for each presentation. Then next presenter is up.

Hah, Riga is between the places, where Pecha-Kucha events are taken place. However, it looks like Latvian Pecha Kucha page is associating with architects, artists (men of art), designers (alternative allies). Anyway next event is planned for the end of February and its topic is “PROCESS. Contemporary Architecture in Latvia”.

“Pecha Kucha” – from Japanese, sound of conversation.

Once More About Gifts

Amazon delivery was very fast. Firstly delivery date was estimated as 25 february, but gift was delivered yesterday.

Ah, about the gift, it is a very good gift for 14 february (kill the romantic), since 14 february not easy to recognizable for me as valuable date. Anyway, when I was asked what do you want to get for this date,
after three times “nothing” as answer, I said:’I want a book’.

I get this book,


I’m afraid that I will finish reading it before the actual date (14 february).

One more reason to consider switch to MAC OS.

 Do you have to create any presentation on work, university, volunteer activity ?

The answer to the topic you have to try “d**n f****g” great software called ‘Keynote’ from the set iWork 08. It is software for creating presentations, PowerPoint is analog.

iWork goes with Pages (Word processor), Numbers (Excel or Calc analog).

It is worth each cent , you have paid for that. Continue reading