I recently finished reading an amazing book about presentation skills called “The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs” (affiliate link) and I wanted to share a few of highlights from the book.
Let me start with a little background about me. I work with a great team of professionals and we present several times a week to a diverse group of clients (everyone from executives to retail team members). It is a part of my job that I absolutely love and take seriously. It is a challenging job and we have read a number of great books and have taken a variety of training to ensure that we are delivering the types of presentations that matter to our audiences.
This book goes far beyond the average presentation book. In fact, it breaks many of the rules that we are so often told to follow:
- “Don’t use your hands”
- “Use a smooth, steady voice”
Gallo uses Steve Jobs as a model for what makes world-class presentations work. If you aren’t a fan of Steve’s, take a look at many of the presentations that are available on TED.
I have read many fine books that teach you presentation basics and I would recommend this book to both beginners and advanced practitioners. Presenting is a tough game and any time you can find great advice, I’d snatch it up in a heart beat. First, take a look at how Steve presents:
Steve is a great speaker and this book shares a number of things that make him great. First, he is incredibly passionate. He loves what he is doing and he is not afraid of sharing his excitement. Second, he uses great visuals. Often times he is responsible for designing his own slides. Third, Jobs practices relentlessly. This is probably one of the most important reasons that he is so effective at what he does.
Gallow covers everything from how Job’s uses simple pauses in his speeches (to build anticipation) to how beautiful slide design actually helps your audience remember more of what they hear. If you love presenting, grab a copy of “The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs” (affiliate link) and team it up with Garr Reynolds’ book, “Presentation Zen Design (affiliate link).”