Book Review: 5 Steps to Conquer ‘Death by PowerPoint’

February 4, 2013

in Books, Delivering your presentation, Fit Focus Flair, Presentation Content, Writing your presentation

5 Steps to Conquer ‘Death by PowerPoint’ by Eric Bergman is aimed at eradicating the boring, text filled corporate presentations – which we’ve all experienced. It’s a great read, and I’d definitely recommend it.

Who is it for?

The book is written for corporate presenters. It will be useful to anybody who has to give presentations, and makes particular reference to running training workshops. Although the title suggests otherwise, Bergman doesn’t think PowerPoint is the creation of the devil, and all of his advice can be used to improve PowerPoint presentations.

What’s the main message?

eric_speaking1. Presentations should be more like conversations than speeches. Encourage your audience to ask questions and chip in at any point.

2. Make your peace with silence – pausing gives your audience a chance to process what you’re saying.

3. Create your slides last.

Best thing about the book?

Bergman has lots of experience of making and giving presentations, and he shares the process and strategies he uses himself. Lots of great examples, and practical advice.

Worst thing about the book?

Long chapters, but they’re split up by subheadings so still easy to digest.

Get the book here (affiliate link)

 

Hannah Jones
Hannah has spent the last few months getting to know PowerPoint and Prezi, and sharpening her design skills. Hannah shares presentation design and delivery advice as she learns it, and can often be found sharing the articles which have helped her on Twitter @impacttips.
Hannah Jones

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