Zen and The Art of Presenting with Impact

by Andrea Pacini

Zen and the Art of Presenting with Impact", featuring renowned speaker Garr Reynolds.

On the 7th of March, more than 200 business leaders attended our virtual event, “Zen and the Art of Presenting with Impact”, featuring renowned speaker Garr Reynolds

Garr covered three key principles: 

  • Restraint
  • Simplicity 
  • Naturalness

Under the principle of Restraint in preparation, Garr emphasised the importance of planning presentations analogue and having the courage to remove unnecessary details in service of the audience. He also shared tips on creating a clear presentation structure.

For Simplicity in design, Garr advised keeping slides clear and clutter-free, using large fonts, and embracing the picture superiority effect by keeping slides visual.

Under the principle of Naturalness in delivery, he suggested starting with a promise rather than a boring agenda slide, keeping it short, and changing pace. He also introduced the 7 Ps of delivery.

I loved a quote that Garr shared: “Your success in life will be determined largely by your ability to speak, your ability to write, and the quality of your ideas. In that order.” – Dr. Patrick Winston, MIT Professor

To summarise, Garr stressed the importance of preparing with Restraint, designing with Simplicity, and delivering with Naturalness. 

If you missed the event, you can watch the full recording below to gain valuable insights on presenting with impact.

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