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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.

This book offers full treatment to our bread-and-butter topics, such as Survival Skills for the Non-Designer. We know that most presentation content creators do not have a degree in graphic design or any formal background in the arts. Yet they are required to create engaging visual content on a daily basis. We devote six robust chapters to the topics and issues that we think are most salient to those tasked with presentation and slide design. Here is a sample chapter from that part.

The book is leaner—about 50 pages lighter—and yet more robust at the same time. The companion website is heartier than ever, with more reference files, practice slides, and supporting media. We have revisited every example, every screen image, and every topic to ensure that they remain timely, relevant, and useful. And if you prefer just digital, you can order the book in PDF or Kindle versions.

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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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