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Five Steps to Conquer 'Death by PowerPoint': Changing the world one conversation at a time (Volume 1) Paperback – May 2, 2012
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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."
"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."
"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
--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.