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We wondered: ...

We wondered:

“What do the top presentation experts in the world read?”

They told us. We asked 7 of the top presentation experts in the world to tell us what books most inspired them to be better presenters. Seven judges, including four published authors, provided feedback to a list of books. We present, for your consideration, their ranked list of the top 35 presentation books.

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  • I like your work. Eager to read some of them.
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  • How useful! Many thanks I can certainly appreciate the effort that has gone into this!
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  • ótimos tópico avaliados. Dos 7 quesitos, eu acho o de menor importancia FEAR, talvez por isso é o último da lista. Mas muito útil
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  • If the topic is of interest to the target audience and if the speaker understands the subject really well, the presentation would be effective (the many tools would no doubt add to the effectiveness).

    In my long career I had the opportunity to be the audience as well as the presenter many times and saw black boards, white boards, OHP transparencies, Slide projectors, 16mm educational movies, ppts and many more aids for presentation. All had their role and none helped when the subject was not seen as relevant or the presenter lacked a real understanding of the subject.

    Will try to explore some of the books if possible. Best wishes to all those in the field.
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  • As a freelancer presentation designer/planner, I agree.
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    The Top 35 Books on Presentations The Top 35 Books on Presentations Document Transcript

    • The Top 35 Books on Presentations compiled byBruce Gabrielle and Gonzalo Alvarez
    • We wondered: Your“What do the top presentation experts Judgesin the world read?” Nancy Duarte Author,They told us slide:ology, Resonate Bruce R. GabrielleWe asked 7 of the top presentation experts in the world to tell us Author, Speakingwhat books most inspired them to be better presenters. PowerPointSeven judges, including four published authors, providedfeedback to a list of books. We present, for your consideration, Dr. Michaeltheir ranked list of the Alley Author, The Crafttop 35 presentation books of Scientific Presentations Gonzalo Alvarez Author, El ArteMETHODOLOGY de PresentarBooks were evaluated on a scale of 0 (low) to 5 (high) on 3 areas:CONTENT• Planning: research the audience and venue, set objectives, establish your main Andrew message Dlugan• Structure: organize, sequence and structure your presentation• Storytelling: use storytelling techniques and principles to develop and deliver your Editor/Founder, presentation Six MinutesDESIGN• Design: use color, alignment, whitespace, graphic design rules to enhance the look of presentation visuals Nolan Haimes• Data visualization: use charts, tables, infographics and other techniques to display quantitative information visually VP, Presentation Director,DELIVERY• Delivery: deliver your presentation, including how to stand, vocal control, pace, Edelman fidgeting• Fear: managing the fear of speaking in public Al Bonner,Notes: Founder,• Authors could not review their own books Presentation• Books with only one review were not included on this list Transformations• In some cases, scores for books with only two reviewers were adjusted down, to avoid bias that comes with small sample sizes
    • Top 35 Presentation Books Total Score Number Author Title (max 35) of votes1 Jerry Weissman Presenting to Win 23.3 42 Henry M. Boettinger Moving Mountains 23.0 23 Bruce R. Gabrielle Speaking PowerPoint 22.3 44 Nick Morgan Give Your Speech, Change the World 21.0 25 Carmine Gallo The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs 20.3 56 Garr Reynolds Presentation Zen 20.2 77 Nancy Duarte slide:ology 20.2 68 Christopher Witt Real Leaders Don’t Do PowerPoint 20.0 39 Nancy Duarte Resonate 19.5 610 Robert R. H. Anholt Dazzle Em With Style 19.5 311 Cliff Atkinson Beyond Bullet Points 19.0 412 Paul J. Kelly 7-Slide Solution 17.5 213 Garr Reynolds Presentation Zen Design 17.0 514 Michael Alley The Craft of Scientific Presentations 17.0 215 Garr Reynolds The Naked Presenter 16.0 316 Rick Altman Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck 16.0 217 Andrew Abela Advanced Presentations by Design 16.0 418 Kristin Arnold Boring to Bravo 14.3 419 Stephen M. Kosslyn Clear and to the Point 14.0 520 Bert Decker Youve Got to Be Believed to Be Heard 13.0 321 John Medina Brain Rules 13.0 422 Gene Zelazny Say It With Charts 12.3 423 John C. Maxwell Everyone Communicates, Few Connect 12.0 224 Dave Paradi Visual Slide Revolution 12.0 225 Chip Heath y Dan Heath Made to Stick 11.2 626 Dale Carnegie The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking 11.0 327 Annette Simmons The Story Factor 10.7 428 Scott Berkun Confessions of a Public Speaker 10.7 429 Cliff Atkinson The Backchannel 10.0 230 Barbara Minto The Pyramid Principle 10.0 231 Dan Roam The Back of the Napkin 9.0 432 Peter Guber Tell to Win 8.0 433 Lidwell, Holden and Butler Universal Principles of Design 7.5 334 Robin Williams The Non-Designers Design Book 7.0 435 Stephen Few Show Me the Numbers 6.3 4
    • Content Visualization Storytelling Structure Planning Delivery DesignTop books on planning presentations Fear Moving Mountains 1 Henry M. Boettinger Give Your Speech, Change the World 2 Dr. Nick Morgan Presenting to Win 3 Jerry Weissman Real Leaders Don’t Do PowerPoint 4 Christopher Witt Beyond Bullet Points 5 Cliff Atkinson Resonate 6 Nancy Duarte 7-Slide Solution 7 Paul J. Kelly Speaking PowerPoint 8 Bruce R. Gabrielle The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs 9 Carmine Gallo Advanced Presentations by Design 10 Dr. Andrew Abela
    • Design Visualization Storytelling Structure Planning Delivery DesignTop books on creating slide visuals Fear Slide:ology 1 Nancy Duarte Presentation Zen 2 Garr Reynolds Presentation Zen Design 3 Garr Reynolds Speaking PowerPoint 4 Bruce R. Gabrielle Clear and to the Point 5 Dr. Stephen M. Kosslyn Say it with Charts 6 Gene Zelazny Universal Principles of Design 7 Lidwell, Holden and Butler The Non-Designer’s Design Book 8 Robin Williams Show Me the Numbers 9 Stephen Few Visual Slide Revolution 10 Dave Paradi
    • Delivery Visualization Storytelling Structure Planning Delivery DesignTop books on delivering your presentations Fear Give Your Speech, Change the World 1 Dr. Nick Morgan You’ve Got to Be Believed to Be Heard 2 Bert Decker Real Leaders Don’t Do PowerPoint 3 Christopher Witt Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck 4 Rick Altman Presenting to Win 5 Jerry Weissman The Naked Presenter 6 Garr Reynolds Confessions of a Public Speaker 7 Scott Berkun Dazzle ‘Em With Style 8 Robert R. H. Anholt Moving Mountains 9 Henry M. Boettinger The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs 10 Carmine Gallo