Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 to Create Presentations That Inform

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Unlock the amazing story buried in your presentation?and forget boring bullet points forever! Now updated for Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, this widely-acclaimed book includes seven new examples of compelling presentations from board room to classroom. Communications expert Cliff Atkinson guides you, step by step, through his revolutionary three-step method for increasing the impact of your presentations. You?ll discover how to combine classic storytelling techniques with the power of visual media to create a...

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Overview

Unlock the amazing story buried in your presentation—and forget boring bullet points forever! Now updated for Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, this widely-acclaimed book includes seven new examples of compelling presentations from board room to classroom. Communications expert Cliff Atkinson guides you, step by step, through his revolutionary three-step method for increasing the impact of your presentations. You’ll discover how to combine classic storytelling techniques with the power of visual media to create a rich, engaging experience. Transform the way you create and deliver your critical message—and quickly bring your ideas to life!

FOCUS:

Learn how to distill and shape your best ideas into a crisp and compelling narrative.

CLARIFY:

Use a storyboard to illustrate 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!

CD includes:

  • Cliff’s custom templates—build your story!
  • Quick reference checklists for compelling presentations
  • Complete eBook—plus bonus content!

A Note Regarding the CD or DVD

The print version of this book ships with a CD or DVD. For those customers purchasing one of the digital formats in which this book is available, we are pleased to offer the CD/DVD content as a free download via O'Reilly Media's Digital Distribution services. To download this content, please visit O'Reilly's web site, search for the title of this book to find its catalog page, and click on the link below the cover image (Examples, Companion Content, or Practice Files). Note that while we provide as much of the media content as we are able via free download, we are sometimes limited by licensing restrictions. Please direct any questions or concerns to booktech@oreilly.com.

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PowerPoint: Love it for making it easy to organize ideas. Hate it for trapping those ideas in a dull haze of bullet points. Until now. Use this book to bring real passion to your presentations. Your audiences will love you for it.

Beyond Bullet Points, Second Edition is fully updated for PowerPoint 2007, but it taps into narrative techniques that have captivated audiences since Homer's Odyssey. Cliff Atkinson's central insight: Presentations work best as stories. Stories come together best when you start by scripting them (worry about fonts later!). Stories contain action and resolution: Atkinson helps you find and develop them in yours.

Need help getting started? Use his CD-ROM templates. Then, with his guidance, go the rest of the way: read your script aloud, review it with others, storyboard it, and create a true conversation. The result: You'll delight your audience -- and achieve your goals. Bill Camarda, from the December 2007 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735623873
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 10/10/2007
  • Series: Business Skills Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Dedication

Acknowledgments

About the Author

Introduction

Chapter 1: Making Headlines Beyond Bullet Points

Chapter 2: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

Chapter 3: Getting Started with BBP

Chapter 4: Planning Your First Five Slides

Chapter 5: Planning the Rest of Your Slides

Chapter 6: Setting Up Your Storyboard and Narration

Chapter 7: Sketching Your Storyboard

Chapter 8: Adding Graphics to Your Storyboard

Chapter 9: Reviewing a Range of BBP Examples

Chapter 10: Delivering Your BBP Presentation

Chapter 11: Preparing Others for BBP with a 5-Minute Exercise

BBP Ground Rules and Checklists

Presenting BBP with Two Views

Starting Your Point A and B Headlines

Starting your Call to Action Headlines

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  • Posted March 31, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    No more death by power point!

    Cliff Atkinson provides an easy to implement strategy for quickly building presentations that engage your audience and clearly get your point across. He builds upon the classic outline method of creating an essay, applying this concept to the multi-media presentation world using power point.

    I have personally used his method 4 times now to develop the "story" for online learning courses (not a traditional presentation) with great success. The storytemplate provided me with a way to capture key points and make the online courses as clear and succinct as possible.

    In addition to the book, Atkinson provides online tools and ongoing learning opportunities at his website www.beyondbulletpoints.com. The annual fee for membership on his site is $25/year but you can also access many useful free tools as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2011

    Crazy Cool!

    After reading "Response to Beyond Bullet Points (BBP)" by Cliff Atkinson, I am pleased to say I enjoyed how Atkinson developed his book. Cliff included not only words, but pictures and real life examples showing that his book BBP is beneficial for anyone who wants to use PowerPoint. Atkinson's book provides readers a step-by-step guide on how to develop an informative and/or persuasive PowerPoint. The first chapter, Atkinson tells and shows a successful court case that used BBP as part of their defense. In my opinion, Atkinson's example of the true court case used BBP to create a well develop PowerPoint for their defense was a dramatic start that caught my attention. The lawyer did not click his laptop to change slides or read from his PowerPoint slide. Instead, the lawyer who presented the court case using BBP PowerPoint used a wireless remote, and the majority of the slides on the PowerPoint had pictures. Atkinson emphasized that the wireless remote and pictures are two essential techniques that provide a well develop and beneficial PowerPoint. The lawyer used the two techniques to help his defense, not depend upon them. As I read the first chapter, I reminisced on the days when I was sitting in the audience watching an individual present a PowerPoint, and I was either overwhelmed or bored. I have viewed and experienced myself awful Power Points that were presented by a variety of ages, genders, and races. Not only was the first chapter an attention grabber, but Atkinson's broke-down step-by-step how to develop a beneficial PowerPoint from start to finish. Not only did Atkinson's BBP book teach individuals how to develop a PowerPoint, but he also explained the positive and negative affects PowerPoint may have on the speaker's audience. The speaker's PowerPoint may have a positive or negative physical, mental, and/or emotional affect depending on how the speaker presents their PowerPoint. I remember when I first learned to use PowerPoint in middle school. However, I do not remember having any instructor teach me how to properly present a PowerPoint, let alone how to use and create a PowerPoint. I remember I had to learn how to use the PowerPoint software, and I was frustrated and hated PowerPoint. I also remember having line after line of information on my PowerPoint slides, as well as reading from the slides. Honestly, I did not know about the note section below each slide until last year. If I knew about the note section in the past, I may have saved time and trees by not having to hand write note cards to present my PowerPoint. After twelve years of learning how to incorrectly develop or not develop a proper PowerPoint presentation, I finally learned from a book and a teacher. The best part about reading "Response to Beyond Bullet Points (BBP)" by Cliff Atkinson was applying the techniques to my Special Education class. I developed a PowerPoint presentation with all bullet points. However, after reading Atkinson's BBP, I changed every slide on my Special Education PowerPoint with only headings and pictures that related to my topic. Crossing my fingers I earn an "A."

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

    Light read while very information packed

    As a college student who is tired of paying for textbooks and even more tired of textbooks that are useless, I was surprised by how refreshing Cliff Atkinson's Beyond Bullet Points was. My initial judgment was that I had already mastered PowerPoint by the time I was in middle school and this book was an unnecessary addition to my work load.
    However, Atkinson's book has served its title right and has gone beyond bullet points. While he uses PowerPoint software as a vehicle to tell a story, the chapters delve into useful and often overlooked aspects of communication that go beyond PowerPoint.
    For example, despite using PowerPoint countless times, I've never learned how to sketch a slide. Before reading Atkinson, the only visual clues I used were graphics rather than integrate effective visuals to aid the story. However, after reading Atkinson, I now know information such the option of an introductory slide. I also know information such as choosing three visuals that represent me when I want to do my own introduction. In addition, before reading Beyond Bullet Points I would have assumed a simple photo would show a lack of detail whereas now I know using a simple photo encourages the audience to use their imagination and engage them. Another way I learned to engage the audience is to leave out a headline on my slide to increase the audience's need to pay attention. In addition, I learned that to increase the contrast between two points I can "split the screen". Splitting the screen means drawing a line down the middle of the slide and then putting contrasting photographs on each side. Before reading Atkinson, I most likely would have done this in two different slides with titles outlining the summary of each slide. However, I now know that this would not enhance the contrast between my two points and would bore my audience by presenting them with too much information on the screen.
    In conclusion, trust Mr. Rozmiarek that this textbook is not about making PowerPoints. Yes, I have learned more about the PowerPoint software but I feel that Cliff Atkinson's Beyond Bullet Points has also taught me to be a more effective speaker, organize my thoughts better, communicate my ideas more efficiently, and so on. This book is one college textbook that is not only worth the money, but worth the read.

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

    Extremely Helpful! Check it out!

    Cliff Atkinson's Beyond Bullet Points is an informative and descriptive how-to book about giving an effective and engaging PowerPoint presentation. The book includes tips and rules to incorporate in order to make any boring bullet points presentation into a captivating beyond bullet points presentation. The beyond bullet points approach was designed in order to enhance attention and learning from those watching the presentation. Common PowerPoint presentation includes a PowerPoint with lists of bullet points, distracting visuals, and a presenter standing next to the screen reading off the bullet points. In that case, it is a mundane presentation. Beyond bullet points uses one line of text on each slide, one related graphic, and the presenter explaining in detail what the slide means, not just reading the slides word for word. Atkinson explains in detail the steps that need to be taken in order to give an effective beyond bullet points presentation. The process includes a storyboard to plan out the presentation, three different views in PowerPoint to view the slides, and searching for the perfect pictures to compliment the idea of each slide. Overall, the book was very well written and organized. Many examples were included to reinforce the ideas being discussed in the book. The tools gained after reading Beyond Bullet Points will prove helpful in the future when giving a presentation. Atkinson's book has helped me understand a more effective way of presenting information to a group of people. I would recommend Beyond Bullet Points to anyone in need of help creating presentation.

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