We win for edgiest title in a PowerPoint book

Introducing the fourth edition, a top-down rewrite with up-to-date coverage of current strategies, contemporary thought, and all of PowerPoint’s latest features.

“My best book yet”

There are plenty of books that will teach you beginning PowerPoint, but far fewer for those who already know the basics. And for those who struggle with message, visuals, or with working efficiently, there might only be one…this one.

Across 275 pages, Altman holds nothing back about why the presentations industry suffers from a bad reputation and the role that end users have in that reputation. He also writes with authority and eloquence about the solutions to these problems.

While full of illustrations, step-by-step instructions, and dozens of references to downloadable examples, this is also a book that you can simply sit down and read. “I was a writer before I was a computer guy,” Altman says, “so I would like to think that, if nothing else, my books are a good read. Even if you disagree with everything I say, you should still come away entertained by it.” Altman has been entertaining his literary audiences for nearly 30 years.

This book is for users of all versions of PowerPoint.

The Fourth Edition

An efficient and up-to-date read

It’s almost scary to consider how quickly and how steeply the presentation community has grown up around us since the third edition, which was published just a few years ago. A search through the previous edition shows that we made a big deal about cloud computing but had barely heard of Dropbox, spoke of the challenges of creating slides on an iPad, but now there is an Office version dedicated to it, and wondered if such platforms as Prezi and SlideRocket would be PowerPoint killers, the latter of those two competitors no longer in existence.

The fourth edition changes all of that, as we blend tried-and-true principles of presentation design and PowerPoint technique with the dizzying advancements in authoring and delivery technology. It covers with completeness PowerPoint’s exciting new features, such as Morph and Zoom, and offers strategies to help you navigate its trickiest functions.


Twenty Seven Chapters of Insight, Advice, and Entertainment

Part One:
The Pain

1. The 30-Minute Syndrome
2. The Cram-Everything-In Obsession
3. Look at Me!!
4. Is Your Message Upside-Down?
5. The Scourge of Custom Animation
6. Can PowerPoint Make You Stupid?

Part Two:
The Solution

7. Survival Skills for Non-Designers
8. The Three-Word Challenge
9. Avoiding Handout Hell
10. Designing Presentations for Remote Delivery
11. Translating Design into PowerPoint
12. Real-World Makeovers

Part Three:
The Art of Motion

13. The Storytelling Engine
14. More with Animation
15. The Miracle of Morph

Part Four:
Death, Taxes, and Public Speaking

16. Fighting Nerves
17. Working the Room
18. Better than Bullets
19. Small Spaces
20. Thriving with Webinars

Part Five:
Working Smarter

21. Quick Access
22. Creating Intelligent Presentations
23. Zoom
24. Fabulous Photos

A Sampling

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Many of our patrons arrive at the conference on Saturday for better airfare and/or more relaxed travel. As a result, one of the most popular parts of the event has been our optional crash course program. These two-hour workshops are designed to jump-start your conference experience, offering primers on the fundamentals and on topics with which you might not be familiar or feel you might need a bit more grounding. These courses carry a modest extra fee; they are the only part of the curriculum that is not covered by your registration fee.

We will announce our three crash courses for 2020 soon after the new year; for reference here are the 2019 offerings, and they follow our established pattern: a workshop on presentation skills, another on presentation design, and one on an essential PowerPoint skill or technique.

Present with Presence
How do elite speakers succeed? Learn the secrets
Presenting is a blend of the artistic and the technical. This two-hour interactive workshop explores how elite speakers deliver messages with power and impact.

Farewell to Death by PowerPoint!

A guide to the presentation universe
Can a two-hour course arm you with all of the fundamentals for effective presentation work? This one will try with a tour of all four of the key tenets to good presentation: message, design, PowerPoint, and delivery. It is the perfect jump-start to your conference experience. This is normally an $895 workshop and is only offered here to conference patrons; no day passes available.

From Story to Slides
A killer start-to-finish approach to making amazing presentations
Create clear, compelling, and powerful presentations in less time and with higher success.

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