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March 10, 2012



As one of your longtime readers (here and in your books), I can say I definitely want to see more from you. BUT, you have your priorities straight. I predict you will look back and cherish moments with your children far more than your moments with your laptop, and most every reader is going to understand that.

Thanks for sharing that part of your life, along with your great insights on all the things you write and speak about. I regularly reference your material for my students and others (http://donnellking.com/), and I'll be happy to share this post with them as well.


Many congrats on the new addition to your family - slowing down for all the right reason sir :-)

Amir Mehrani

Congrats and wish you happy moments :)

Ingo Peters

I, too, would like to congratulate you on the most recent addition to your family. A friend once said to me : "The first child brings a lot of happiness, but it's the second child who adds chemistry to a family . " You'll see what I mean in a few years, maybe sooner.
All the best.

Ingo Peters
Ottawa, Canada

Allen Gunderson

Congratulations on your new addition to your family, Garr! I can relate with two young kids of my own, and becoming the stay at home dad with them both. Thank you for the reminder to slow down and remember what is important with Ichi-go ichi-e. I was just finding that tension between work and kids yesterday and I unfortunately chose work. Today, I'll choose the latter and practice more Ichi-go ichi-e!

You do great work and I read every inspirational blog you post. While your posts will slow with children, your perspective will grow and be strengthened by it. I'm looking forward to the next phase of Presentation Zen!

Mike Sporer

Life changes, priorities change, Garr. And family is everything, my friend. Your future posts and conversations may not be as plentiful, but may be richer because of your new insights.


Felt the same way with my 7 month to be daughter and I thought I was slacking away.

Morris Sherwood

We are blessed you share your life with us. You are blessed that life continues to share through you and your family.


This is the wisest and most genuine thing I have read in quite a while. Thank you for sharing a piece of your life with us; you have a beautiful family.

David Yau

Amazing! Your blog inspired me to start mine. (We exchanged a few emails back in 2007. ) And I am now in similar situation as well - 2 kids and pleasantly struggling between them and work!

Congratulation on having the 2 lovely kids and being able to be so conscious in your life choices!


Thanks for sharing

Charles Martineau

Congrats on your second kid Garr! Kids first, then the blog : )


I deeply appreciate your work. Though I'm a math secondary school teacher, I've a deep love of zen design that you protrayed - so call "speak more with less". The beauty of your work is that you practice what you preached. I'll try to read your every post from now on. Thank you again for being so generous with your time in sharing and giving. May God bless you abundantly.
Another thing I admire about you is that you're no spin doctor; so many in this presentation profession have sold their souls to the companies or governments to present lies and damn lies to the public. You're still one of the Jedi masters, like Hans Rosling. May you all never bow to the dark side and succumb to the Sith lords.

Ranjan Jha

Hi friend, it happens. You should appreciate first to present. Accept and appreciate all events that is occurring in your life.


Interesting ... Ever since I embarked in a similar journey (5yro boy and 2yro girl) I felt somewhat guilty for not putting as much energy in work and related stuff as before, but I was convinced my priorities where right.

You just put to words exactly what I feel, and I'm thankful for having read that.


Children really do change everything. Life takes on a richer meaning and fresh insights and perspectives have a curious way of showing up when becoming present with a child. The gifts are enormous.

Thank you for your sharing your heartfelt words with us, Garr, as well as your calm presence (in this cluttered world).

Congratulations to you and your beautiful wife. Many blessings to your family.

Cornelia Hicks

Your post today means more than you have ever written. It is the reason that we live.


I have nothing but respect for this decision. I wish more people had their priorities in order, as it seems you do.



Guy van der Kolk

Having a child is one of the most beautiful, confusing, frustrating, confronting experiences I ever had. My son is an only child and will remain so, and is now 9 years old. He had to do his first book review recently, and in practicing we gently worked on presenting naked. You can never start too early! ;)

But, it is only after reading your "Naked Presenter" book, that I was confronted with the fact that I was being too "adult" as a father. The concept of "Play" really hit me, not only when it pertains to presenting, but also when it comes to being with your child. Our relationship as father and son is more fulfilling because of it. Thank you for being who you are and sharing it with the world.


In a parallel universe from yours, I also had my 23 month old girl interrupt my email while my wife fed our 2 week old just this morning!!

Please continue to take shameless advantage of all those workus interruptus moments.

Like you, I have found a mental, emotional, spiritual clarity as a result of those moments that no amount of work/learning/training can stimulate.

My first time ever reading your blog after beginning Presentation Zen book. Whatever pace you choose to continue posting will be just right if you continue writing with such clarity. Thanks.

Nate Grahek

Your work continues to inspire me every day. Almost always less is more. Having children has also taught me to do fewer things - but do them better.

Then moments like this - make all of it worthwhile:

My 2 year old daughter singing to our new son:


Thank you for all your great teaching and sharing,
You helped me to see the world with another eyes and then sharing it =)

Greetings from Uruguay,

Bali Mojo

Congrats on the latest addition to the family! Having children does sometimes change things but it doesn't always have to. I have friends that have recently had children but they still carry on with their small import business that takes them all over the world. The kids go everywhere they go. In fact, I can't think of a better way for an infant to begin life experiencing different cultures, races, traditions, foods, etc.

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