Silent confession by the majority: Presentations are boring most of the time. Even when you are super enthusiastic about the presentations’ topic, they are more or less a disappointment (and when you are not, you truly experience the death by a thousand slides). It is so rare to witness truly great presentations that I can easily remember most of them even after a decade. It is very easy to criticize a bad presentation and the presenter, but until “Presentation Patterns” came out, it was not that easy to point to a real solution.
I’m so happy that I can simply tell most of the presenters, hopefully before they unleash their minutes and slides of boredom and confusion on me and my fellow sleepers, to go and read this book twice, if not at least three times. But before I hit them on the head with this book (especially the software developers, who mostly believe that practicing something means giving a good and noteworthy presentation about it, even though they have witnessed uncountable evidence against it), I plan to read it for the second time, and then for the third time. And probably every time before I prepare a presentation, until I gather enough evidence to let me think that I’m capable enough to write a book that is even better.
The book is really about ‘just stuff, no fluff’, and staying loyal to its premise, it succeeds to provide the reader with concrete advice and step-by-step explanations for very effective presentations. It will probably not turn your next presentation into the keynote of the century, but it will definitely take you a few steps further ahead.
Enthusiastic praise aside, I must conclude with the fact that this book has recently helped me save a presentation I was preparing to present in a European Commission review meeting, in which some of the audience were in a position to evaluate the presented facts in order to decide whether they should let the project continue, or simply put an end to it. Needless to say, I was more than happy to hear their judgment.