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The Naked Presenter: Delivering Powerful Presentations with or Without Slides

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  595 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
When we learn to present naked, we reach our audiences by communicating the essence of the message, stripping away all that is unnecessary and embracing the ideas of simplicity, clarity, honesty, integrity, and passion. If "slideware" is used, the slides never steal the show or rise above serving a strong but simple supportive role. The ideas in the presentation may or may ...more
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Published November 29th 2010 by New Riders Publishing (first published October 31st 2010)
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Lynda Felder
May 14, 2012 Lynda Felder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is fabulous for those who want to become better speakers. You can’t help but feel the book has powerful messages, just by flipping through its pages. Reynolds, as you would expect, practices his own Zen presentation skills, keeping the content simple and straightforward without the fussy marginalia and cartoonish icons for hot tips and so-called bright ideas that typically appear in such books. The book flows smoothly, with seven logical chapters that cover what Reynolds defines as the ...more
Rowan Manahan
Jan 21, 2011 Rowan Manahan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not good at all. Reynolds' strength lies in design and he should stick to the knitting. He is not a speechwriter and not a presentation coach, so his advice - while fundamentally sound - rings hollow to me throughout this book. There are no new ideas here and the ideas he does propound are not particularly well-written. Also, the book lacks examples - say, of of a presentation evolving from it an early draft to a strong final version with the reasons for the changes clearly highlighted.

There is
Kim Pallister
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Recently, I was exchanging email with a colleague on the subject of presentations when he brought up Nancy Duarte's books, which I'd read some time ago, and given a positive review to at least one of them. One of the books that came up was Garr Reynolds Presentation Zen, which I'd also liked. It turned out he had a more recent book out, The Naked Presenter, and so I decided to give it a read.

It's okay, but I can't recommend it as highly as his p
Apr 15, 2012 Reid rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Garr Reynolds, but if you've read his other two books about delivering presentations, this one doesn't add much more to the conversation. He re-quotes his favorite authors (Dan Pink and the Heath Brothers) and speakers (o-sensei, Ken Robinson). Some of the new content feels like wishy-washy filler (particularly "Lessons from the Bamboo"). I've always enjoyed how Reynolds incorporates elements of Japanese culture into his approach to presentations, but some of his examples here f ...more
книжку можна було скоротити разів у 4. від того зміст би не постраждав. текст написаний "американським" стилем - приторно-легким, без особливого концентрату суті. паралелі між мистецтвом презентацій та східною культурою інколи притягнуті за вуха. проте, автор згадує багато імен авторів світових бізнес-бестселерів - можливо комусь стане у нагоді. треба визнати що є кілька корисних порад і цікавих ракурсів на презентування про які мені не доводилось задумуватися раніше. і взагалі, прочитавши сіє д ...more
Amy Enderle
Aug 11, 2013 Amy Enderle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you teach public speaking or simply find yourself being asked to present your ideas, this book has some brilliant insight. It's one to read.
Little abstract of what this book says:
1. Naturalness and the art of presenting naked
Quote: To express yourself is the most important thing Shunryu Suzuki
Books on preparation Presentation Zen ''Design ii l' Design
Communication experts = Bert Decker; Carmine Gallo; Nancy Duarte; cliff Atkinson
Presenting Naked = connecting and engaging with the audience
2. Preparation
Initially -> No computers.
Ask why target the whole person
story telling -> Contrast
3. Punch-Presence-Projection
Mistake -> lon
Loy Machedo
Feb 18, 2013 Loy Machedo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

To come out with a book on Presentations that is Different, Unique, and Original is quite a task. And then to speak of the same old adage of Communication – the fundamentals, the tricks and tips of public speaking in a Never-Done-Before format is an even harder task – if not impossible. There are tons of Educational Material out there, so to stand out – well that is ‘Mission Impossible’.

But when you least expect it – lightning strikes. And in the lines of Nancy Duarte (slide:ology), Mitch Joel (
Sten Vesterli
Feb 07, 2016 Sten Vesterli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book for experienced speakers on how to create engaging presentations. It places a lot of emphasis on thinking your topic and content through, identifying why you want and need to give the presentation and what you want the audience to do differently afterwards, which will in itself improve many presentations.

Much of the presentation advice focuses on achieving the elusive "authenticness" and connection to the audience that excellent speakers have. Telling stories is one way to do it, bu
Jonathan Cassie
Aug 12, 2012 Jonathan Cassie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a sworn adherent to the principles Reynold's outlines in his fantastic "Presentation Zen." If you're reading this review and you haven't read it, go get it right now. It deserves 6-stars...really. This isn't a rehash, but there is certain degree of overlap with the themes and ideas from PZ in this book. I still found it super helpful and Reynolds' writing is accessible and clear. I will be putting his ideas to work in my own presentations. If they help as much as PZ did with presentations, ...more
Joshua Guest
Some people love Garr Reynolds. I just like him. His books are overpriced, but they are very pretty. And they can be useful if you can remember and apply the three different volumes he has written on presentations (Presentation Zen, Presentation Zen Design, and Naked Presenter).

I may have to read it again to really appreciate it. But I trust in the book's main premise that great presenters strip away all the unnecessary and communicate a simple message with passion and transparency.
Jan 27, 2012 Erik rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really like Garr Reynolds so I was really dissappointed by The Naked Presenter. It was very abstract without being thoeretical enough to give real, actionable advice. Typical advice would be "be humble but be bold". Maybe I have read too many presentation books but I did not learn anything here. If you haven't read it yet, you should ckeck out Presentation Zen instead.
Mark Terry
Apr 28, 2011 Mark Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful book and a joy to read. I very much enjoyed the integration of design and message into a coherent gestalt. A book in which the medium truly is the message. I did not find startling truths in the message - variations on common presentation wisdom. However, Reynolds presents it in such a wonderful manner that I did not mind.
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Tuki says:

I have read many books on public speaking but this has to be one of the best. The author lives in Japan and is an ardent believer in Zen culture. He has liberally used analogies from the Japanese in the book to get his point across in a simplistic and effective manner. I can’t wait to read some of his other books-Presentation Zen and Presentation Zen Design.
Alexandr Belotserkovskiy
The Naked Presenter is a very good book as it provides a many insights into how to be a good presenter. Author don't use very common ways of telling how to do that and this, still provides very useful tips and tricks. I highly recommend that book.
Sep 15, 2012 mellyana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: management, how-to
Not that you are going to find how to make a presentation, but it's more on how to prepare yourself to present. Things that people often forget because we are all too caught up in that .ppt bullet points.
Nov 08, 2014 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book. It is so helpful. Many of ideas and techniques are not necessarily new but they help you imagine how to use them in your own presentations. All the way through I was making notes in margins of how I can implement the ideas to have more engaging presentations.
Apr 11, 2016 Ietrio rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junk
Nice try. Cute stock photos. Like on a discount wall calendar named Japan. Cute quotes. References to "bestselling" books. And the authors own "exotic" experience. And all amounts to a corny piece of junk like a cheap Eiffel tower key chain.
Mar 05, 2011 Kurt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three stars is probably a little low for this book. I would give it a solid 3.5 stars. It has some great tips for presenting. It seemed a bit disjointed and bit philosophical at times but had many gems I will use in my future presenting.
Tyler Scheff
Had to read this for a class. Although it presented some GREAT ideas and wonderful new tactics to use for my future public speaking, it's almost like it just repeated itself over, and over, and over.
Manuel Frias
Jul 30, 2012 Manuel Frias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: presentation
Reynolds made it again. After writing about preparation and design in his first books, now he focuses on delivery. Good advice for delivering ideas in a engaging, powerful but also humble way to connect with the audience.
Jun 24, 2011 Tevilla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most excellent book on presentations skills. And I have read most of them. If you read only one book to help you improve when presenting, make it this one.

Strongly recommend.

Jim Swike
Jul 13, 2016 Jim Swike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't heard of where the naked truth come from, this book reveals it. Breaks down presenting to the 10 P's, very useful. Great read, especially if you have to present. Enjoy!
Mar 28, 2012 Al rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Garr's Zen was a great book but Naked Pres. Falls short. I think his thesis is strong but lacks range for sequel books.
Mar 23, 2012 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every high school student (and teacher) should read this book before creating another atrocious PowerPoint.
Feb 09, 2014 Adam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While this book has a number of good tips, I find the "high concept" the author used to be too gimicky and thus jarring.
Joli Hamilton
Apr 10, 2015 Joli Hamilton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As usual, Garr Reynolds gets the information I need to improve my presentations across in succinct, witty style.
As with Reynolds's other works, this is clear, simple, filled with excellent advice and guidance. If you do presentations, training, or meetings, this is on my must-read list.
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