Presentation Zen and the HBDI


I have been rereading Presentation Zen, Garr Reynolds‘ wise take on the design of presentations, since I am about to make three in the next two months. He reminds us of several important elements in the use of PowerPoint or its Mac counterpart. I have been guilty of giving audiences copies of slides – for which he coins the term, slideuments – and reminds us that they could be meaningless as a summary of a presentation, – that is unless it was a document in the first place that was simply pasted into a slide format.

The six elements illustrated above are Reynolds’ prescription for an effective presentation.
I was struck by how whole brained they are:

Design involves the upper level quadrants – A and D
Story involves C primarily
Symphony – involves them all – ABCD
Empathy involves C too
Play involves D
Meaning – certainly involves them all.

So many presentations are simply reiterating what the speaker is saying. I sat through one like this that lasted for one and a half hours and it was pretty deadly. So another way of looking at any presentation is to walk it around the quadrants.

If you would like to know more about the HBDI model and its features you can find more here

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