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The naked presenter

At first glance, Garr Reynolds’ new book, The naked presenter, is another entry in the “how to deliver presentation” genre. But as I read through the book, I found myself making notes. The notes were not about how to improve my presentations, but about how I approach change management.

As an organization development practitioner, I spend my time working with change management. This morphs through training – to teach something new, facilitation – where knowledge and ideas are exchanged,  and, communication – designed to inform, motivate, and effect behavior change. Reynolds writes about all of this and more. He integrates information from interpersonal neurobiology, personal observation of his surroundings, and jazz musicians.

He does write about making effective presentations and improving public speaking skills. But the most important idea I encountered in the book is that “lessons are everywhere.” It is up to each of us to inquire into everyone and everything we encounter, asking how it impacts who we are and what old and new lessons we take away.

Each of us has many opportunities to connect with others. Knowing who we are and what matters is the foundation. Knowing why we are speaking, along with how and what we are communicating, allows us to build and effect change.

If you like to walk around the neighborhood block backward, seeing the roof lines and landscape from a new perspective, I recommend reading this book and watching for patterns that reach far beyond presentation design.

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  1. Thank you for this post! Your learning philosophy is very similar to mine. I’m a firm believer that you can learn anywhere and from anyone. Unfortunately the workforce I’m working with right now has a hard time with this. They’re way too far in the thick-of-it to even think about how they’re learning.

    On another note, due to your recommendation, I’ve put this book on my Amazon wish list.

    Thank you!

    December 9, 2010
    • friesengroup #

      I’m glad you found your way to our site. Like you, I find many people offer all kinds of excuses for not choosing to reflect and learn. The risk in being “in the thick-of-it” is that we miss opportunities, which often live on the edge of the thicket. Thank you for your story which continued challenging my thinking.


      December 9, 2010

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