Presentation Zen 2017

Date: Friday, October 6, 2017
Time: 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Location:  132 Corbett Family Hall
Presenter(s):  Chris Clark, Assistant Director, Kaneb Center


Classroom presentations by faculty or students don't have to be a series of bulleted text slides. Along with use of images and stories, Garr Reynolds' book, Presentation Zen, stresses restrained preparation, simple design, and natural delivery. This session mixes an overview of the book with hands-on activities. 

For a quick intro to the ideas in the book, view

With an ND NetID you can read the ebook!

Learning Goals:

After successfully completing this workshop you will be able to:

  • follow a Zen-inspired approach for developing presentations.
  • apply basic visual design principles when creating presentations.
  • brainstorm story ideas for use in presentations
What to Bring:
  • A challenge you have faced in the past, related to developing a class presentation.
  • A particularly successful technique you have used with a presentation
In the Library:

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery, 2nd Edition
Garr Reynolds, New Riders Press, 2011
Hesburgh - HF 5718.22 .R49 2010

The Non-Designer's Design Book, 3rd Edition [4th ed. available]
Robin Williams, Peachpit Press, 2008
Hesburgh - Z 246 .W634 2008

Multimedia learning
Richard Mayer, Cambridge University Press, 2001
Hesburgh - LB 1028.5 .M36 2001

Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences
Nancy Duarte, Wiley, 2010
Hesburgh - HF 5718.22 .D82 2010

Online Resources:


Speed Presentations

Story Telling

On Chris' blog

Image sources: | Pixabay  | Pexels

Videos from session: Don McMillan | Ken Burns | Bejamin Zander

 Certificates: Can apply toward these graduate student/postdoctoral scholar certificates: