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What this book will do is:
* Explain the business benefit to using slides to enhance your presentation
* Show the typical mistakes most people make with slides and how you can avoid these mistakes
* Demonstrate how you can use techniques graphic designer's use to make your slides look damn good.
I read the kindle edition and was concerned that it wouldn't have the full impact that the colour paper book version of the book has. I need not have been concerned as the book translates well across to kindle.
I've experienced the difference between his talks and those of others, especially in business but also from people who are passionate about their subject, but have just missed it with their supporting slides and the way they used them. We all have.
Lee presents here some instructions that are easier to follow than most - it's stuff you can see how to do for yourself. So many books like this pretty much boil down to advising you to be someone you aren't - a graphic designer or whatever. This book's practical advice should let you still be you, but be able to get your points over so much better and let people get what you are presenting rather than being blocked by the presentation itself.
The book isn't the longest one you'll read on the subject but my guess is it's probably the only one you'll need to read. It cuts to the heart of the matter and if you apply Lee's advice you will find you've breathed new life into your presentations.
This book is essential reading for anyone who wonders why some such presentations have more impact than others even when the speakers are equally good (or bad).
The book will be of most value though yo anyone keen to ensure that they and their talks be more powerful, easy to follow and more memorable.
Having heard the passion in Lee's talks when he addresses this subject I have also seen, still first, hand the proof, it were needed, of the advice, tips and techniques he shares in this book.
I've since found myself recommending this book to, and buying it for, a host of other people who give business presenters.
The book is also rather thin for the price - in accordance with recommended format for presentation slides - this book is written in big easy fonts - lots of white space and abstract photos throughout. This makes it easy to read but I wanted to learn from this book - not look at white space and pictures!! I was also expecting that because it is termed Powerpoint' surgery - there would be some general MS powerpoint software tips - relating to using the program more effectively. This is not the case - the author actually uses keynote for his own presentations - the small print on the very bottom back cover (below the photo of author) gives an asterisk to tell us that 'powerpoint is a loose generic term for presentation software. It is ironic that the book is promoting the importance of big bold headers and slide layouts - but intends to hide this fundamental matter as a tiny footnote.
However, there is some good general advice regarding the awfulness of bad presentations - plus some interesting anecdotes. The writer is obviously well respected in his field and I do not wish to disrespect his work - its just that it's intended to be a light read - not a serious guide with detailed instructions. Just hope this guy doesn't do any anatomical surgery!! :-)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lee has delivered an excellent piece of work in this book. My slides were letting me down recently but I'm now implementing the advice from this book to make my slides have impact... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Neil Ward
Fantastic book. Essential reading not just for professional speakers & trainers but also for anyone who presents in the workplacePublished 16 months ago by Mr. Stuart Harris
What an excellent little book. Full of down to earth practical advice. Simply wonderful! I can't recommend highly enough. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Saint John
Simple well written and full of great tips
A practical guide book with examples and tech stuff too a a
It's a "dialogue" about presenting your message rather then give great examples about "how" to present your message. Read morePublished on 26 July 2014 by Allan Watton
Save your money, follow the authors advice about more detail on the subject and buy Presentation ZEN instead. This book skims the surface to such an extent it is irrelevant. Read morePublished on 3 July 2014 by Mr. Ricky White
Just could not put the book down until I finished it. I am running a course in a company how to use the software PowerPoint. Read morePublished on 15 Jun. 2014 by D. Ludlow
PowerPoint and the equivalent other products are not about presenting - they are there to help the audience not the presenter. Read morePublished on 26 May 2014 by M. Pagan
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