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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and not design led, 5 Nov. 2009
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This review is from: Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® 2007 to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire (Paperback)
The title is encouraging and Cliff certainly does have an alternative approach to a stack of bullet point filled slides, but he's not a designer and his book is nowhere near as good as Garr Reynolds' 'Presentation Zen' or Nancy Duarte's 'slide:ology'.

Cliff has a method. A pretty rigid format and process to create slides that look OK - certainly an improvement on 90% of what's out there - but it just doesn't have that magic or the creative edge. It's no surprise that this is a Microsoft book, lots of processes to follow to use the software and not a lot on creative design.

Plus I'm looking for more versatility and design inspiration than Cliff's one big idea - I don't want every one of my presentations to look the same.

I give it two stars for two good points: his use of visual motifs to link a presentation and help it flow (which, to be fair, isn't covered in the other two books above); and his explanation about how to get the best out of Presenter View (contained in the appendices on the CD).

If you really want to power up the impact you can make with PowerPoint, look at the designers' books first (Robin Williams 'Non-Designer's Presentation Book' is another good one just published).
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Initial post: 19 Jul 2010 21:29:45 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Jul 2010 21:30:19 BDT
Dapto says:
I'm afraid you seem to have missed the point. This book is about converting principles of rhetoric into presentations supported by slides. It mightn't say that straight out, but it is. Good persuasion beats good design every time - and I do like Garr Reynolds books too. If you want to take this all the way you should try "Advanced Presentations by Design" (Andrew Abela). A book all about designing a powerful presentation with almost no pretty pictures at all - and it's a masterpiece.Advanced Presentations by Design: Creating Communication That Drives Action
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