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Death by Powerpoint: How to Avoid Killing Your Presentation and Sucking the Life Out of Your Audience, Your Effective Tip-Kit for the Effective Use of Powerpoint Paperback – January 1, 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Execuprov Pr (January 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964888254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964888258
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,621,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Cherie Kerr, who founded ExecuProv in 1983, has provided a variety of classes on presentation and communication skills to hundreds of business professionals from Fortune 100 and 500 companies. Her clients include BP America, Ericsson, Toyota, Kawasaki, Mitsubishi, Ingram Micro, Bank One, Delta Dental, Experian, Foothill Capital, PacifiCare, Allergan, Universal Studios, Fluor Corporation, 3i Implant, ConAgra Foods, The Hilton Hotel and Marriott Hotel Corporations, California Trucking Association, Office Max/Boise, Volcom, Nissan, Honda, Bank of America, BJ's Restaurant Brewhouse, Southern California Edison, Panasonic, Black & Decker and Office Depot, to name but a few.

Kerr has also provided a number of classes to various universities and collegiate departments including Chapman University; Otis College of Art and Design; University of Southern California; California State University, Fullerton; Vanguard University; University of California, Irvine, The Paul Merage School of Business; UCI Medical Center, Anesthesiology Department; the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis; and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She also has worked for a number of governmental agencies including the L.A. City Attorney's Office, the L.A. District Attorney's office, the County of Orange, the Orange County Bar Foundation and the Orange County Juvenile Drug Court Program. She is a certified Provider for the Continuing Legal Education Program for the State Bar of California, and has served as that organization's official speaker-trainer for its Board of Governors.

A founding member of the world-famous L.A. Groundlings, Kerr was the founder in 1990, Executive Producer and Artistic Director for the Orange County Crazies, a sketch and improvisational comedy troupe in Santa Ana, California. She also served as the group's head writer. She has received rave reviews for her work as a writer, performer and director.

Kerr has taught improvisational comedy to actors since 1973, and teaches other classes as well, including a class on how to develop original characters and how to write sketch comedy. She has studied with some of the best improv and comedy teachers in the business, including Kerr's former scene partner, Gary Austin, founder of the L.A. Groundlings, and a former member of the highly acclaimed group, The Committee; Michael Gellman, a director and teacher for Second City, in Chicago; and Jeannie Berlin (an Academy Award nominee and Elaine May's daughter.) In her formative years, she studied at the Pasadena Academy of Drama with Eleanor Dopp.

A writer for more than 35 years, Kerr has owned an award-winning public relations firm since 1978, KerrPR, that offers public relations services to a variety of clients. She handles many crisis situations and is regarded as a prime source by media (such as Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, Larry King Live, CNN, 20/20, The Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360º, The Sunday Show, Nightline and many others) to provide them with expert sources for commentary.

Kerr has written, produced and directed an original full-scale musical comedy, written two full-length screenplays, 11 books and more than 400 comedy sketches; she is a member of ASCAP, and has been honored as an award-winning journalist and publicist. Kerr was named, along with Disney's Michael Eisner, as one of the "Top Ten Most Sensational People in Orange County" by Orange Coast Magazine. She has been quoted and featured in many publications including the OC Register, The Los Angeles Times, the Harvard Review Communication Newsletter, Forbes, American Way magazine, the Sacramento Bee, USA Today, The New York Times, Investor's Business Daily and The Associated Press, in addition to many others. She also did an AOL radio tour on email etiquette and has been featured on numerous websites. She also is the mother of award-winning filmmaker, Drake Doremus, winner of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Competition award for Like Crazy, a fully improvised film (based on a 50-page outline and sold to Paramount Pictures for $4-million); Doremus performed on Kerr's improv/sketch stage from age 6 to 19 years old. She is currently in the works of directing and editing her first film, "We've Got Balls," a quirky, yet heartwarming dark comedy expected to finish early 2013.

Kerr also starred in her own one-woman show, Out of Her Mind, which met with great success and which she single-handedly wrote. In it she played a number of original characters.

In addition to lecturing and teaching ExecuProv courses, both in classroom situations and in private, one-on-one coaching sessions, Kerr provides speechwriting services for many of her clients. Kerr also provides her creative services to large companies for corporate comedy industrials and also produces ExecuProv's Humorous Training Video Library, a diverse library of video spoofs designed to train the business professional in a fun and humorous way. Companies and individuals access the HTVL catalogue with a library card, which gives them rights to include the humorous videos in their presentations, adding that extra dash of humorous panache.

Another of Kerr's many endeavors, Ex-Serp Productions, ExecuProv's sister company, provides services as a media consulting firm and production company specializing in the development of documentary television programming, Internet commercial webisodes and public service announcements.

Kerr is frequently sought out as a keynote speaker addressing presentation and communication skills and humor in the workplace, and is also available for speaking engagements.

Cherie Kerr resides in Santa Ana, California. She is the mother of three and also has five grandchildren.

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Kerr is right on track with her book Death by PowerPoint.
Gary E. Thormodsgaard
I have read...and re-read... the book six or seven times and keep it close by for quick reference.
Brian D. Goodrow
Cherie Kerr does a great job at pointing out the sole purpose of a powerpoint presentation.
Paul F. Miller

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By jimlyke on November 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
If only you could judge a book by its title. I made the mistake of thinking that this very excellent title must imply a very excellent book. God knows we need one. Those of us who have become conditioned to prop ourselves behind powerpoint presentations in our day jobs really need help. Unfortuately, I would say "keep looking". This book is written by someone who mostly taught Navy cadets, and all officers in training are taught how to formulaic-ly craft simple powerpoint presentations as a bureaucratic survival skill. This should suggest how you might condition your expectations. The book is full of light-hearted illustrations (which themselves are repetitive and will try your patience), but it's very light on actionable advice. The book is thin to begin with, but sadly not thin enough. I expected or hoped for a mixture of technical tips, formatting advice, some flare and hopefully at least good examples. Instead, the book seemed to be an incoherent collection of anecdotes with vague suggestions of how to reduce clutter by examples as exciting as depot supply list. Great for threshold-level presentations to captive audiences by and for dullards, poor for working professionals who want to hone their creative abilities and produce provocative, effective presentations with pinache. Save your money. If you need technical advice, go to Microsoft's usenet groups (they have a damn good forum dedicated to Powerpoint). If you need advice on stylistic matters, keep on looking cuz you aren't going to find it here. I clipped a short article a few years ago from a computer magazine that in ten pages blows this book away. Far from a Powerpoint cognoscente, the author actually seems a bit weak on the core subject, attempting all the while to compensate with hipness, flipancy, and references to worldly experience. I so much did not want to be disappointed, I hope that I can keep someone else from wasting their time and money. I hate to be so harsh, but life is short.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary E. Thormodsgaard on April 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
Kerr is right on track with her book Death by PowerPoint. If you are in charge of the presentation then you need to take charge and run the show. She discusses engaging and entertaining the audience form start to finish. It about de-bugging your presentation so you're professional not foolish and so the audience has a memorable experience. One can loose a group in ninety seconds, dim the lights down low, loose eye contact and you can be dead and not even know it. Kerr's book can really help if you follow the steps but more importantly work on your delivery then your slides. PowerPoint was a great invention but I've seen it turn into an ineffective unless crutch. Now in business we have another new dynamic challenge to deal with- Webinars- the presentation that takes place over the Internet with no eye contact or physical in-person touch- I'm sure Kerr must have this one in the works.

Remember presentations are to cause interest and get people to take action- if your presentation is dead it's over. Thanks for the great book, It helped help us get from point A to B faster and have more fun on the way.

It's a quick easy read and a great tool for your reference library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Dugger on April 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
I was trying to find a book on PowerPoint that was not so boring and I definitely found it in this book! It was excellent to read and a very quick read too! I found it very informative and fun to read at the same time. I would highly recommend it to anyone who does PowerPoint presentations. It has fun cartoons throughout the book that really put a smile on my face! It also has before and after examples at the end that I felt were very helpful. I also liked the easy seven steps for content and seven simple steps to keep in mind for delivery. I would encourage anyone who does PowerPoint presentations, whether it is once in awhile or on a daily basis to get this book! What I learned more than anything was how a PowerPoint show is just like any other show and needs to be entertaining in order for people to get the message. I love Kerr's sense of humor; she entertains while she instructs.
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