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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, 2002

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  • 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: #1,812,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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