Presentation Zen






Date: Friday, September 14, 2018 
Time: 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Place: Rm. 231 A/B/C Hesburgh Library
Presenter: Chris Clark, Assistant Director of the Kaneb Center


book cover - presentation zen

Classroom presentations by faculty or students don't have to be a series of bulleted text slides. Along with the 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

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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


Handout from Sep.'18 (Chris Clark)   Slides   |   KWL / minute paper

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  [online access - ND only]

White Space is Not Your Enemy: , 2nd Edition
Golombisky and Hagen, Focal Press. 2013
Online access - ND Only.

Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences 
Nancy Duarte, Wiley, 2010 
Hesburgh - HF 5718.22 .D82 2010 [online access - ND only]

Online Resources:

General Resources

From Chris' blog archives


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