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Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft® PowerPoint® to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire (BPG-Other) [Paperback]

Cliff Atkinson
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5 Mar 2005 BPG-Other

Unload those boring, bullet-riddled slides—and unlock the amazing story buried in your presentation! In BEYOND BULLET POINTS, communications expert Cliff Atkinson shares his innovative three-step system for increasing the impact of your communications with Microsoft PowerPoint. He guides you, step by step, as you discover how to combine the tenets of classic storytelling with the power of the projected media to create a rich, engaging experience. He walks you through his easy-to-use templates, plus 50 advanced tips, to help build your confidence and effectiveness—and quickly bring your ideas to life!

  • FOCUS: Learn how to distill your best ideas into a crisp and compelling narrative.

  • CLARIFY: Use a storyboard to clarify and visualize your ideas, creating the right blend of message and media.

  • ENGAGE:Move from merely reading your slides to creating a rich, connected experience with your audience—and increase your impact!

  • Inside!: See sample storyboards for a variety of presentation types—including investment, sales, educational, and training.



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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (5 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735620520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735620520
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 17.9 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Cliff’s successful seminars: "I completely overhauled my presentation based on Cliff’s concepts. The response was unbelievable!" —Pete Nelson, CEO, The Valeo Group Unload those boring, bullet-riddled slides—and unlock the amazing story buried in your presentation! In BEYOND BULLET POINTS, communications expert Cliff Atkinson shares his innovative three-step system for increasing the impact of your communications with Microsoft PowerPoint. He guides you, step by step, as you discover how to combine the tenets of classic storytelling with the power of the projected media to create a rich, engaging experience. He walks you through his easy-to-use templates, plus 50 advanced tips, to help build your confidence and effectiveness—and quickly bring your ideas to life! FOCUS Learn how to distill your best ideas into a crisp and compelling narrative. CLARIFY Use a storyboard to clarify and visualize your ideas, creating the right blend of message and media. ENGAGE Move from merely reading your slides to creating a rich, connected experience with your audience—and increase your impact! Inside! See sample storyboards for a variety of presentation types—including investment, sales, educational, and training.

About the Author

Critically praised author and presentation expert Cliff Atkinson is revolutionizing the way people use Microsoft PowerPoint to communicate. He is a popular keynote speaker and consultant—teaching his innovative three-step method to Fortune 500 companies, law firms, government agencies, and business schools.


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87 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No more death by Powerpoint 22 Mar 2005
By James
Format:Paperback
If you use Powerpoint, you will have heard a variation on the title above - I guarantee it.
I stumbled across Cliff Atkinson's blog last year, [...] and immediately realised that when faced with a presentation I opened up the corporate template and banged out the bullets with little regard for the audience and their needs. The slides were there to remind me what to say - not to engage the audience. If you are honest - this is probably the way you do it too.
Beyond Bullet Points takes a new approach based on telling a story with structure. But it also learns from other media - Newspapers - make your headlines meaningful. Movies, use a storyboard to plan your story before you think about visuals.
Of course its harder work, and requires more thought, but that just ensures you know your presentation much more completely and makes you confident in front of your audience.
I recommend everyone buying this book and changing the way you present, unless you work for my competitor...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear guide for creating effective presentations 24 Aug 2007
By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Microsoft PowerPoint changed the world of presentations by simplifying the process of creating a computerized slide show. Alas, over time people started squeezing too much information into every slide and using the preinstalled generic titles. PowerPoint's simplicity let people forget the purpose of presentations: to persuade or to inform without being boring. Cliff Atkinson shows you a creative way to build a good presentation without falling into the PowerPoint template trap - tell a story instead. At present, he provides a free template, storyboard formatter and story guide at sociablemedia.com that adds value to the book, which refers to these resources repeatedly. We recommend this to anyone who gives presentations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one book that has made a difference! 25 July 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you're anything like me, you've come across so many supposeedly promising how-to books before but I really have not regretted this one. I've used the suggested techniques with different audiences and each time they have inspired people and audience feedback has been very positive. Far better than death by PowerPoint.
A tip to improve further! Use your laptop as a monitor between you and your audience with the projection screen behind you then they can focus on you with the presentation for support. Even better, use a cordless presenter with a countdown timer and put the countdown times on each slide in your notes.
Works every time!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars From Bullet to Hollywood 13 Mar 2012
By BeDeBe
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A very good book on Power Point Presentation. Great value as a second hand book from Amazon. The section on the Hollywood approach is first class and really made a difference to me for a very important presentation.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Laughably bad 9 Feb 2012
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An appalling book. What is said in it could have been said in a few pages. I can honestly say that I learnt nothing new from this book. I gave it in to a used book sale that takes place every couple of months where I live. I notice it is still there, unsold, when I go back! Avoid.
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