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Take the zen approach

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 12 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1326
  1. Ben Braithwaite, general practitioner
  1. 1Richford Gate Medical Practice, London W6 7HY
  1. flaneurben{at}

Another excellent resource for engaging, image-based presentations1 is the Presentation Zen blog ( and associated book. As well as denigrating the use of bullet pointed, text heavy slides (which seem often to be designed with automatically generated handouts in mind, rather than as visual aids), its author, Garr Reynolds, urges presenters to focus on the story that their presentation is trying to tell, rather than getting caught up in the minutiae of font sizes and sound effects.


  • Competing interests: None declared.


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