I’m delighted to announce the very first Presentation Zen Experience – an interactive one-day workshop designed by Garr Reynolds, author of Presentation Zen, and delivered by Ideas on Stage. I’ll be leading the first one, and probably many more in the future.
We’ve been running seminars and events with Garr since we started Ideas on Stage back in 2010, and in fact it was very much Garr who inspired us to start Ideas on Stage in the first place. We have a lot to thank him for.
From my point of view, having spent a summer in Japan when I was a student, and having studied Japanese culture at university, the application of basic Japanese principles such as restraint, simplicity, naturalness, harmony and respect to typical business presentations seems really obvious – but it needed Garr to make it seem obvious. When I first read Presentation Zen, apart from really enjoying the style and design, I simply felt somehow at home. It was as if I was re-learning something that deep down I already knew, or perhaps should have realised.
Garr knows that we are keen followers of his approach (so much so that we regularly distribute his books to our clients), and he’s been a great supporter over the years, even featuring us in The Naked Presenter.
Now we’re joining forces in a new way to combine the essential approach of Presentation Zen with the hands-on practical experience of building and delivering great business presentations that we at Ideas on Stage have built up over the last five years, working with hundreds of speakers (TED, TEDx, WikiStage and many other great conferences), hundreds of entrepreneurs, and dozens of leading international corporations. That’s actually something extra we bring to the table, because one thing Garr doesn’t do is help other people with their presentations. We also train presentation skills all the time, whereas Garr mostly delivers short and excellent keynotes, when he can get away from being a full-time professor.
We also have the advantage of being based in Europe and covering the main European languages, whereas Garr is rarely on this side of the world. We can reach a lot more people by delivering his course.
So we all feel that the combination of Garr’s powerful approach, his feel for Japanese culture and his distinctive design skills, together with our experience with so many clients, will make for a fantastic hands-on workshop.
The first will be in Paris, in English, on October 5th, 2015. There’s a whole lot more information about it at our microsite: http://www.presentationzen.eu – and there are Early Bird cheaper tickets available for the next few weeks.
I’d love to see you there – and tell your friends. If you follow this blog then likely you already know a lot about the new art of business presentations… perhaps The Presentation Zen Experience could be a way for your friends, colleagues or boss to discover it too.