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Lessons from the bamboo

Garr Reynolds | TEDxTokyo 2011

Seen any logical, compelling and easily understandable PowerPoint or Keynote presentations lately? You probably have Garr Reynolds to thank. Garr’s popular website— presentationzen.com —and his international bestselling books “Presentation Zen” and “The Naked Presenter” have fundamentally changed the way people design and deliver presentations. Say Media named Garr one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Voices on the Internet” in 2011.

His approach, which embraces the Zen tenets of restraint, simplicity and naturalness, is clearly making an impact: Garr speaks worldwide at firms such as Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Apple, and universities including Stanford, Oxford and Keio. An award-winning writer, designer and musician, Garr was at one time the manager of Worldwide User Group Relations at Apple Inc. in Silicon Valley, and is currently an associate professor of management at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka. He lives in the quiet countryside of Nara amidst the ubiquitous bamboo trees.