Review: Presentation Zen European Seminar 2010

December 13, 2010

From all the comments I’ve received, the Presentation Zen European Seminar 2010 was a fantastic event, highly appreciated by the participants, and throughly enjoyed by everyone.

It was a lot of work to get everything organised, but it was well worth it. Garr Reynolds was superb as always, and led the participants through an entertaining, instructive and memorable afternoon.

The show began, of course, the evening before, when we congregated at Un Dimanche A Paris, the new chocolate-themed concept store opened by Pierre Cluizel just off Boulevard Saint-Germain. Garr was able to meet many fans including some who weren’t able to make it to the seminar itself, and it was also an opportunity for some seminar participants to get to know each other beforehand.

The location was beautiful, the wine delicious and the food (we stayed to eat in the restaurant) was simply sublime. I will be taking my wife there soon. Garr enjoyed the guided tour – and the chocolates!

Pierre’s charming wife Sylvie also provided us with some chocolate mignonnettes (small squares) which were the perfect accompaniment to the coffee break during the Presentation Zen seminar. This was one of three surprises we sprung on the participants. The others were a Presentation Zen Way bento box, and – just at the end – an advance copy of Garr’s new book, The Naked Presenter, which Garr was only too pleased to sign and dedicate.

Between these surprises, Garr’s typically strong performance and the great support provided by Microsoft and Pearson, it was a successful event and although tickets weren’t cheap, it was generally considered great value for money.

But don’t just believe me – there are plenty of participants who have blogged about the seminar, and I’ll put links to their posts and photos in the comments below. (You can find many of our photos here.)

So, time for thankyous.

Thanks to Microsoft (Saïd Sbihi, Blaise Vignon and Christophe Lauer) for hosting the event in such a great room and supporting us so professionally.

Thanks to Pearson (Cécile Legros, Victoria Watkins and Florence Young) for making the bento boxes affordable and for giving away Garr’s new book.

Thanks to Pierre Morsa, my partner at Ideas on Stage, for his tireless enthusiasm and great organisation with tickets, invoices, etc.

Thanks to all the many participants for making it such a special day – I hope we will meet again.

And of course, thanks to Garr for bringing his Presentation Zen Way to Europe and for trusting us with this event, not for the first time, and hopefully not the last.


Event: zen & the art of the pitch

June 15, 2010

Garr Reynolds on stageI am delighted to announce that on June 25th, Garr Reynolds will be joining us in Paris for a memorable show: zen & the art of the pitch.

Presentation experts need no introduction to Garr. As the author of the excellent Presentation Zen and the recent follow-up Presentation Zen: Design, Garr has a worldwide following and universal respect.

Garr will headline this event with a keynote entitled: “Presentation Zen Design: the art of presenting naked”. If you are in Paris – or could be – on June 25th, you absolutely have to be there.

BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE HERE – BEFORE THEY RUN OUT!

Next on the impressive list of speakers is Laurence Onfroy, founder and CEO of TemptingPlaces, who was recently voted New Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 by readers of “Le nouvel entrepreneur” magazine.  Laurence’s talk, “Pitching for Success”, will cover the important lessons she learned about pitching your business to customers, suppliers and investors.

Last but not least, presentation coach and co-founder of Ideas on Stage Pierre Morsa will deliver a fascinating talk entitled: “Death by Twitter: how social media can kill your talk – and how to avoid it”. This is a must-see for any entrepreneur and business leader, and promises to be very entertaining as well as instructive.

(In case you’re wondering, I’ll be there too, introducing all these great speakers.)

The theme is all about pitching or selling your business, your ideas and your value proposition, and while we expect it to appeal especially to entrepreneurs, there’s plenty to entertain and inform anyone who uses presentations to sell or persuade. If you’ve never seen Garr speak before, this is your chance – don’t miss it.

Important note: the whole event will be run in English.

The event will conclude with a cocktail reception – one of many things the French do best – which will be a great opportunity to network, and perhaps get signed copies of Garr’s books.

Tickets are now on sale here and places are very  limited – we expect them to sell out very quickly, so mark your diaries and get your tickets before they run out.

Place: La Comédie Saint-Michel, 95 boulevard Saint Michel, 75005 Paris, France

Date: Friday June 25th, 2010

Time: 4.30pm-7.00pm, followed by a cocktail reception.  Doors open at 4.00pm for a welcome coffee.

Tickets: on sale here


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