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September 2012

Presentation European Seminars 2012 in London Nov 7 & 8


In cooperation with Ideas on Stage, I'll be holding two day-long presentation seminars in London November 7 & 8. Participants may register for either day or for both days. The first seminar (Nov 7) is similar to the Presentation Zen European Seminars which were held in Paris in previous years. This first first seminar will take participants through the Presentation Zen approach to preparation, design, and delivery. All three areas will be covered in an interactive, upbeat setting, with special emphasis on design and effective visual communication.

The second seminar (Nov 8) focuses on the importance of story and storytelling in presentation, especially short-form presentations which are now popular at conferences and other events such as TED, Ignite, Pecha-Kucha, Webstock, etc. This storytelling seminar includes discussions on the definition of story, why story is a powerful approach to communication and teaching. In the storytelling seminar the emphasis will be story structure and applying practical lessons from screen plays and the art of cinema to live presentations, especially those presentations created and delivered with the help of multimedia. (More information is available on the Ideas on Stage wesbite or click on the image below to register for one or both days.)


A few pics from past seminars
Here are some snaps from past seminars to give you a feel for the atmosphere. The Presentation Zen European Seminars sold out fast in previous years, mostly because we kept the size relatively small to achieve a relaxed atmosphere and better engagement. The Hilton in London gives us more room, yet we still are limiting the spaces to keep the atmosphere intimate and friendly. For London we hope to keep the first day to around 100 participants and the storytelling seminar to 70 participants. So far — just by using Twitter and Facebook — people have signed up from over a dozen countries, including as far away as Japan. The audience that has signed up so far is extremely diverse and includes academics, designers, IT professionals, surgeons and other medical professionals, and business people from myriad fields. (Hopefully the audience will include you as well!)

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Above: A few snaps from recent Presentation Zen seminars in Paris, Tokyo, and Shanghai. This will be the first PZ seminar series in London (although I have presented several times in London, Oxford, etc.).

Held at the Hilton London Paddington Hotel
The Hilton London Paddington is a classic hotel that is centrally located and has easy access from Heathrow (Paddington Station) and the Eurostar (St Pancras station). Fantastic hotel and a great location.


A couple of testimonials from the Paris seminars in previous years

"It truly was an excellent workshop and an engaging experience. These are best practices for effective communication across a variety of media. It cannot be hammered home enough just how important these concepts are to effective communication, whoever you are and whatever your personal or professional goals. A big thanks to Garr Reynolds for sharing his energy, talent, and knowledge and to the gracious, generous organizers for what I wholeheartedly agree was a first-class event."

    — Sara Freitas-Maltaverne, Director, SFM Traduction, France

"Garr's seminars in Paris were the rare opportunity to see him live in Europe and take an active part in the Presentation Zen movement. His presentation skills are outstanding and his message is simple yet powerful. Meeting other interested and interesting presenters helped me to gain a new perspective on presentations."

      — Boris Baesler, Presentation Coach, Switzerland

More information about the Presentation European Seminars 2012.

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TEDxKyoto held Sept 16 (Update: videos now live)

TedxkyotoThe first big TEDxKyoto will be held this Sunday, Sept 16 in the beautiful and historic city of Kyoto, Japan. Years of preparation and planning have gone in to this event and the organizers have worked very hard to put on a first class TEDx conference. Most of the presentations will be in Japanese (with interpretation) and there are a great list of speakers from all over Japan and the world. A few presentations will be in English, including mine which is schedule near the end of the day. I'll be speaking for about 15 min on the impact of visuals, video, and story in short-form presentations today. You can follow the event live on ustream. The videos will be on line in HD soon after the event. Below is a teaser for the event in video form. And if you are attending the event live in Kyoto, I look forward to seeing you there.


We all had a great time at the inaugural TEDxKyoto event Sept 16. The audience was great and full of very interesting creatives and leaders from tech, entertainment, design, education, etc. The after party was fantastic—met so many cool people. In a few weeks the videos of each speaker/performer will be up on the TEDxKyoto site and on Here are a few pics from the event.

Garr Reynolds on stage at TEDxKyoto, Sept 16, 2012.

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Left: With Zen Priest Daiko Matsuyama from the Taizon Temple in Kyoto. Meant a lot to have him say how much he appreciated the PZ approach to presentation. Right: With Patrick Newell (co-founder of TEDxTokyo), and Makoto Kyoto (a genuine Geiko or Geisha). Makoto is a jazz singer too — here is her album on Amazon.