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Presentation Skills


I'm looking to make up a short bibliography of recommended reading/browsing/viewing for Presentation Skills......not training, but for instance great books/websites/dvds about PowerPoint, business presentations, public speaking, wedding speeches and so on

What do you recommend?

PS you can plug your own work here so long as the book or website you are recommending is publicly available rather than being "come on our training course; the manual is good"! 


12 Responses

  1. Recommendations

    My initial thoughts are Steve:

    Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds

    The Naked Presenter: Delivering Powerful Presentations with or without Slides (Voices That Matter) by Garr Reynolds

    Succesful Presentation Skills by Andy Bradbury

  2. List of presentation thought leaders who inspire my work

    There are many thought leaders for presenting ideas – at all occcassions.

    I agree with the two posted already and would add a list I’ve compiled for my work: I coach professionals to present with impact. Here is a link to a page done for a university discussion earlier this year:

    Also, a link to the handout provided for them with extensive follow-on resources: 


    ~Linda DeLuca

  3. Recommendations

    Hi Rus, although I’ve not had a chance to review this site myself I was told by my TAP trainer that Toastmasters International is a great place to help with public speaking. You can find this at

    Hope this is useful.



  4. Rus, that’s what Google and Amazon are for, however…

    …here’s a very short list of what we’ve found useful:


    Speaking PowerPoint by Bruce Gabrielle – brilliant.

    Moving Mountains – Henry M Boettinger.

    Speaking like a President – Simon Maier.

    Presentation Zen – Garr Reynolds.


    Olivia Mitchell – Speaking about presenting –

    Hope this helps.

    Gavin Keeble.

  5. “Rus, that’s what Google and Amazon are for, however…” Gavin K

    A bit harsh isn’t Gavin? Using and entering ‘Presentation Skills’ only one of your excellent book recommendations comes up in the first fifty references and I stopped looking after that. The same thing happens with and the blog reference, it wasn’t listed in the first ten pages I scanned.

    I think TrainingZone is exactly what this type of question is for, at least it has been since I first joined back in 1999.

  6. thanks and thoughts….

    Firstly, can I thank all the people who have given their recommendations, both here and the couple of people who answered privately offline, your recommendations are greatly appreciated.


    Secondly, a thought prompted by Gavin’s headline……..If, when we want information, we only go to Google and/or Amazon, we are, as Garry has so ably demonstrated, potentially spoilt for choice, but still none the wiser regarding quality.  What I wanted was some expert opinion, some recommendations about what was really good rather than just a list of what was available.  As training providers, how short would our business life expectancy be if all our clients just went to Google and Amazon rather than coming to the experts for some tailored advice and assistance?

    Rus Slater


  7. design tips and tricks blog

    Hi Russ.

    This is a free (as far as know) blog that I was subsribed to has part of an installation of Articulate (the elearning design application). As Articulate is a Powerpoint add-on the blog provides lots of free advice on designing PP slides. Although it’s skewed towards elearning design there’s quite a lot of Powerpoint tips and tricks etc.





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