If you're looking for a book on design techniques for the slides you create, you should probably keep looking. This book is not for you.
However, if you're looking for a way to generate better outcomes from your presentations because you have a burning desire to communicate more effectively, this book is exactly what you've been seeking.
"For diagnosing the problem with some all-too-common assumptions about PowerPoint, Eric Bergman deserves our thanks. For providing an elegant five-step solution, he deserves our praise."
--Neil Hrab, Communicator
If you're a decision-maker looking for a time-saving platform on which to make effective decisions, every person who presents to you should be required to read this book and implement its recommendations before delivering any presentation to your group.
If you're a sales executive looking to enhance results from the sales presentations delivered by your team, you need to purchase copies of this book before your competitors do. Likewise, if delivering slide-driven presentations gives you comfort as a salesperson, please feel free to continue. But you should pray that your competitors haven't read this book.
5 Steps to Conquer 'Death by PowerPoint' was written to change two behaviours. First, it encourages presenters to stop using PowerPoint (or Keynote or Prezi or SlideRocket, or any other slideware program) to develop the content of their presentations.
Make no mistake. Using any slideware program to develop content compromises presentation success--regardless of whether you're presenting in a boardroom, conference hall, meeting room or classroom.
"The strong research base that underpins this book provides reassurance that the recommended techniques have been tested and actually do work in a variety of contexts. Eric Bergman's techniques are a window to the future of this important human activity."
--John Sweller, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Education, University of New South Wales
The second behaviour the book seeks to change is with audiences. 5 Steps to Conquer 'Death by PowerPoint' introduces the audience manifesto, which is designed to empower audiences everywhere to say: "Please! Enough is enough! We've had our fill of boring, mind-numbing, slide-driven presentations.
"There is life after PowerPoint, and we want to live it."
"One thing I particularly liked about the book was Bergman's assertion that audiences should take some responsibility in this epidemic by demanding better presentations. To this end, he includes an 'Audience Manifesto' in the final chapter with recommendations on how to communicate it and a downloadable poster at FiveStepsToConquer.com/manifesto.html."
-- Kathy Reiffenstein, Professionally Speaking