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Five Steps to Conquer 'Death by PowerPoint': Changing the world one conversation at a time (Volume 1) Paperback

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"While reading the book, I was riveted by the content. 

"Eric provides straight-forward advice to presenting ideas effectively. This book is well worth reading."
--Glenn Ives, Chair, Deloitte & Touche LLP

"Whether this is the first time you're hearing about an alternative to bullet point-laden slides or whether you've already joined the revolution, Five Steps to Conquer 'Death by PowerPoint' will offer you something to make your presentations more compelling."
--Kathy Reiffenstein, Professionally Speaking

"5 Steps to Conquer 'Death by PowerPoint' proved to be worth the read, though perhaps not in the way you might expect. Instead of teaching his readers how to make better slides, Bergman focuses on better communication with the audience, starting with thinking about their specific needs."
--Roger Dooley, Forbes

"Although 'Death By PowerPoint' wasn't written with sales people in mind, anyone who sells a product or service could benefit from the advice offered in this practical book."
-- Kelley Robertson, Fearless Selling

"An excellent book on communications that covers a wide range of communication topics. What sets this book apart is that it is founded on solid academic research. It is also clearly written and presented, making it a great book for students and practitioners alike."
--David Straker, Changing Minds

From the Author

I decided to write this book because I got a bit frustrated trying to change organizations from the inside. I would provide presentation skills training to an organization over one or two days. Everyone would agree that their skills improved. The video evidence would be irrefutable. At the end of the workshop, everyone was communicating more effectively than they were at the beginning. 

"But," they would say, "our senior executives (or customers, or conference organizers, or clients, or staff) expect us to use PowerPoint. How can we apply what you've taught us while using PowerPoint at the same time?" 

The sad reality is that I can't. Nobody can. 

As I've said in the book, it's time to face reality. The emperor has no clothes, and slides are not working as an effective communication medium. They stifle discussion. They impede understanding. They hinder decision making. They crush audience participation. They smother critical thinking. They leave boredom and lost productivity in their wake. 

Yet millions of people the world over continue producing and using them on a daily basis. 

If you're interested in maintaining the status quo, this book will not help you. However, if you're interested in setting a higher standard, as a presenter communicating information or an audience receiving it, this book is here to help. 

If you absolutely need visual aids (which encompasses more than slides, by the way), use them. When they are no longer necessary, remove them from view. 

And carry on a conversation with your audience. 

That's the only way we'll change the world, one conversation at a time. 

More About the Author

For the past 30 years Eric Bergman's approach has helped countless professionals from five continents become better communicators--from C-Suite executives to front-line supervisors and everything in between. As a result of that experience, and because it is supported by cognitive science, he believes that the spoken word and the written word must be separate to be most effective. Simply put, audiences can read or they can listen, but they cannot read and listen at the same time.

He believes smart presenters tap into this principle, and others, to improve their success. His latest book, Five Steps to Conquer 'Death by PowerPoint' and the free downloadable workbook at, provide tools by which everyone can improve their ability to communicate effectively through all types of presentations.

If you're interested in booking Eric as a speaker, or providing training to those in your organization, please visit

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