Hi, welcome to this resources page for Rethinking the Presentation.

It contains links and other resources for those interested in pursuing the topic further.  IBMers, you can get a version of the slides from Connections.

Rethinking the Presentation

Watch the video! 


Here are some useful blogs about presenting.

  • My favourite is Presentation Zen, which is Garr Reynolds’ blog on presenting and presentation design.  I’ve learned a huge amount from this since I initially decided that I needed to do better at these things.
  • Then there’s slideology.com where various staffers from Duarte Design blog about presentation design in support of Nancy Duarte’s books slide:ology and Resonate.

Also, I was asked a very good question today about making presentations accessible to people who are colour blind. I’ve looked about, and beyond general advice about avoiding the use of the colour red, I haven’t found much of use. However, I have asked the question on Quora so fingers crossed for a decent answer!


Here are some books that I’ve found useful in learning about presenting.  I've used Amazon UK affiliate links, but you should be able to get these books from whichever good bookseller you normally use.

  1. Presentation Zen – Garr Reynolds
    This is the second edition of my first and favourite presentation book. I've learned a huge amount from this.  
  2. Resonate: Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences – Nancy Duarte
    This is about making presentations that tell stories - the kind that move people to take action. Nancy Duarte analyses some of the worlds most famous examples of public speaking, and shows how to use the same techniques yourself.
  3. Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School – John Medina
    Really great material on attention and memory, so it's excellent reading for anyone who wishes to command attention from people, and get them to remember stuff.
  4. slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations – Nancy Duarte
    This is an advanced book on presentation design, which explains in an accessible way how to put together professional presentations.
  5. Universal Principles of Design – William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, Jill Butler
    Not specifically about presentations, but an incredibly useful reference for any kind of design - including of presentations.
  6. Beyond Bullet Points, 3rd Edition - Cliff Atkinson
    Good on structure, and the website has some useful tools on it if you're an Office user.  Generally quite MS centric.

By the way, you can now read Resonate, Nancy Duarte's amazing book on presentation structure and story FOR FREE!  This is an amazing multimedia version of the book.  Either read the HTML5 web version for free, or download it from iBooks and read it on your iPad for cheap.

Photography Links

Use photographs rather than clip-art!  Here are some places where you might find them.

  • Take your own! The absolute best photos to use in your presentation are those that you took yourself. They have a story that you can tell, and they're free!
  • Alternatively, you could download pictures for free to use in your presentation from Flickr.  You can use Creative Commons licensed pictures with an Attribution-Only license and, if your presentation is non-commercial in nature, with an Attribution-Non Commercial license.
  • If you’re a Microsoft Office user, then you can download pictures from the Office Online Clip-Art Download site.
  • Buy professionally produced royalty free stock photographs for (relatively!) modest sums from microstock sites such as iStockPhoto.com or others.

Helpful Software

Aside from presentation software itself, I find various tools useful for different aspects of the presentation creation process:

  • I often use Paper on the iPad to hand (or sometimes mouse) draw pictures or diagrams for presentations.  It produces amazing looking results, and works very well with the Apple Pencil.
  • Many people use Adobe Photoshop, but I usually use Pixelmator [Mac App Store link] to do photo editing.  Very capable indeed, and a whole lot cheaper.


Everyone interested in presenting should visit ted.com.  TED is a conference (it’s an acronym for Technology, Entertainment, and Design) where remarkable people go to share ideas.  Presentations at TED are no more than 18-20 minutes long, and they are constantly being published on the website in video and audio formats.  They are made freely available for download, and download you should!  If you don’t know where to start, listen to this:

Here’s Don McMillan’s brilliant video about how not to use Powerpoint.

Something to say?

As the video says, I would be love to hear your thoughts on all this.  If you have comments, I welcome e-mail at the address given.