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January 04, 2009



Thanks Garr - when you post, I get hits! And love some of your 'best'. Maybe we should have an international list.
Hope to see you when you are in SF.


My favorite '08 presenter/prezo has to be Benjamin Zander's talk at TED about "one-buttock playing" and "shining eyes." One of the quirkiest, most engaging and humorous presentations of the year (h/t to you, Garr, for pointing me to it in the first place).


Hi Garr,

I've been following your blog for a few years now and I must admit I learned a lot from you.

During the Christmas holiday season I watched a movie with my wife as we do it regularly: the same movie at least twice a year: Love Actually.

There is a scene in the film which I've just found on Youtube with great "presentation", visuals, full of emotion.
Enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Is9xHR11E3A

Best regards,

Natalie Currie

Another speaker to add to your top list Gar - Stephen Lewis - nothing short of awesome!

Natalie Currie


Are there any good female presenters that you could make note of?


Oh, I just noticed that Bert Decker's top 10 list that you referenced in your post has some women speakers on there...

Mitch Joel - Twist Image

I'm really touched that you included me on this list Garr, especially considering how much time I spend with PresentationZen - both Blog and book when prepping to speak.

I would add Seth Godin, Avinash Kaushik, Joseph Jaffe and Bryan Eisenberg to this list because they all have one very similar technique: humanity... they really touch the human spirit with each and every presentation.

As for real speaking masters, W. Mitchell, Tony Robbins and Jeffrey Gitomer also come to mind.


Benjamin Zander at Pop!Tech... simply amazing.


Hi Garr,

Nice post.

On a loosely realted note, don't you think emails are critical to communication in today's world.

I recently found myself in a position to send a very important email to a high-ranking politician. This email had to convey the information succintly and also be persuasive.

I was hunting around for books that taught us how to; something like "e-mail zen". I couldn't find one!

Can you suggest one?


Sarah Marshall

Hi Garr,
I just wanted to let you know that as a teacher Presentation Zen has revolutionized my life. Occasionally I am nostalgic for the "bulleted" to death slides b/c they were so much easier... but I'm reaching my audience now.
I was on slideshare getting ready for another presentation I have to give and noticed your presentation on John Medina's Brain Rules. Fantastic! Shared it with all my colleagues. I have another book to suggest to you since it seems we have similar book favorites. MINDSET is written by U.S. psychologist Carol Dweck. It is an excellent read for anyone.

Thank you.

Andrew Bryant

Dear Garr,
As part of my work I coach presentation skills to senior executives. Thanks to you I can now concentrate on the physiology of engagement and refer all my clients directly to your website to avoid 'Death by PowerPoint"

I recently linked an article to you from

Miriam Bertoli

Dear Garr, I do agree with you, Marco Montemagno is full of energy and he shares it with the audience. I would add Avinash Kaushik.

Les Posen

Regards to all from Les Posen, Presentation Magic. To catch up with my current thinking on presenting and the skills needed to make them engaging, my Presentation Magic blog is here: http://lesposen.wordpress.com


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