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Guide to PowerPoint Version 2010 / Edition 1

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This concise, practical book is written for you if you need to create and deliver PowerPoint presentations.

How can you avoid wasting time and create your slides more quickly?

Of the fonts and colors available on PowerPoint, which ones are the most readable and effective?

How can you avoid overusing bullet lists and add variety to your slides?

How can you organize your presentation so it will persuade your audience?

How can you add multimedia to enhance your presentation?

How do you create a chart or diagram that makes the most sense visually?

How can you relax and prepare to deliver a winning presentation?

Like all the books in the Prentice Hall "Guide To" Series in Business Communication, this book is

Short: summarizes approaches and techniques

Professional: includes only that information that professionals will find useful

Readable: easy to read and skim

Reviews of the core concepts book for this series, Guide to Managerial Communication by Mary Munter:

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132568883
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 7/21/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 7.95 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

I Presentation Strategy l

Chapter 1 From Strategy to Structure 3

1 Strategy: What To Do 4

1 Determine your presentation type and goal 4

2 Analyze your audience 5

II Structure: What To Do 8

1 Research and collect information 8

2 Organize the information 9

3 Decide what you will say 12

4 Prepare your note cards 16

Chapter 2 From Structure to Slides 19

1 Structure To Slides: What To Do 20

1 Deciding on your key slides 20

2 Composing message titles 23

3 Tying your slides together 25

II Slide Master Design 29

Chapter 3 Slide Master Colors 31

1 What To Do 32

1 Choose a background color 32

2 Choose a sharply contrasting text color 33

3 Choose an accent color 35

4 Remember other color problems 37

II How To Do It 38

Chapter 4 Slide Master Fonts 41

I What To Do 42

1 Choose your font, case, and styles 42

2 Choose large enough font sizes 44

3 Choose an unobtrusive bullet character 45

II HowTo Do It 46

Chapter 5 Other Design Elements 49

1 What To Do 50

1 Designing the title area 50

2 Designing the text area 51

3 Inserting Optional design elements 52

II How To Do It 54

III Individual Slides 59

Chapter 6 Charts to Show "How Much" 61

I What To Do 62

1 Select the correct chart type 62

2 Delete chartjunk 64

II How To Do It 69

1 To select a chart type 69

2 To delete chartjunk 70

3 To import charts from Excel 76

Chapter 7 Concept Diagrams to Show "How" 79

I What To Do 80

1 Choose a diagram 80

2 Make sure your diagrams make visual sense 82

II How To Do It 83

1 To create concept diagrams 83

2 To modify shapes 86

3 To position shapes 89

Chapter 8 Text Slides to Show "Why" or "How" 93

I What To Do 94

1 Include a variety, not all text slides 94

2 Aim for "six by six," not an overload 95

3 Use "telegram language," not a script 97

4 Control the overall slide design 99

5 Use lettering, not "letterjunk." 100

6 Check for correctness 102

II How To Do It 104

1 To compose text slides 104

2 To change text format 105

3 To import text from Word 108

Chapter 9 Other Slide Enhancements 111

I Using Photographs 112

1 Selecting and inserting photos 112

2 Modifying photos 115

II Using Clip Art 117

1 Choosing effective Clip Art 117

2 Finding Clip Art 118

3 Modifying Clip Art 120

III Using Video/DVD 122

1 Inserting and modifying video 122

2 Playing video or DVD 124

IV Using Audio 126

1 Recording, selecting, and storing audio 126

2 Adding audio 128

3 Playing the audio 131

IV Presentation Delivery 133

Chapter 10 Nonverbal Delivery 135

I Nonverbal Skills 136

1 Body language 136

2 Vocal qualities 138

3 Space and objects 139

4 Practice and arrangements 140

II Relaxation Techniques 142

1 Physical relaxation 142

2 Mental relaxation 144

3 Last-minute relaxation 146

Chapter 11 PowerPoint Delivery 149

I Before Presentation Day 150

1 Check your slides 150

2 Practice your slide interaction 154

3 Consider using handouts 156

4 Create your handouts 159

II On Presentation Day 162

1 Getting set up 162

2 Solving projection problems 165

V Glossaries 167

1 Basic Instructions: For the PowerPoint Novice 168

2 PowerPoint Terms and Shortcuts: For the "How To Do It" Sections 172

3 Design and Editing Terms: For the "What To Do" Sections 179

Bibliography 184

Index 186

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