Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® by Cliff Atkinson

By Cliff Atkinson

Unencumber the superb tale buried on your presentation—and fail to remember dull bullet issues perpetually! Now up-to-date for Microsoft workplace PowerPoint 2007, this widely-acclaimed ebook comprises seven new examples of compelling displays from board room to school room. Communications specialist Cliff Atkinson publications you, step-by-step, via his progressive three-step technique for expanding the influence of your shows. You’ll detect how one can mix vintage storytelling ideas with the ability of visible media to create a wealthy, attractive adventure. rework how you create and carry your severe message—and quick convey your principles to life!FOCUS:Learn tips to distill and form your most sensible rules right into a crisp and compelling narrative.CLARIFY:Use a storyboard to demonstrate your rules, growing the perfect mixture of message and media.ENGAGE:Move from purely interpreting your slides to making a wealthy, hooked up adventure together with your audience—and elevate your impact!CD comprises: Cliff’s customized templates—build your tale! fast reference checklists for compelling shows whole eBook—plus bonus content material! A observe concerning the CD or DVDThe print model of this booklet ships with a CD or DVD. For these consumers deciding to buy one of many electronic codecs within which this e-book is accessible, we're happy to supply the CD/DVD content material as a loose obtain through O'Reilly Media's electronic Distribution prone. To obtain this content material, please stopover at O'Reilly's site, look for the name of this publication to discover its catalog web page, and click the hyperlink less than the canopy photograph (Examples, significant other content material, or perform Files). word that whereas we offer as a lot of the media content material as we're capable through unfastened obtain, we're occasionally constrained through licensing regulations. Please direct any questions or matters to booktech@oreilly.com.

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This reduces the efficiency of working memory and can lead to the cognitive overload that so frustrates audiences. This inefficient duplication of information is unnecessary, because the verbal channel is perfectly capable of understanding the narration without the display of text to the visual channel. MYTH VS. TRUTH Myth: It’s OK to read my bullet points from the screen. Truth: Research shows that people understand a multimedia presentation better when the words are presented as verbal narration alone, instead of verbally and as on-screen text.

Although the rest of the PowerPoint features added since then are nice to have, these three views continue to be the bedrock tools you need to manage the images and narration of your presentations. See Also This chapter focuses on the three views you use when you prepare your slides in advance of a PowerPoint presentation. For more information about the two views you can use when you present your slides to an audience—Slide Show view and Presenter view—see Appendix B on the companion CD. 25 26 Chapter 2 Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks Normally when you create a text slide in PowerPoint with the standard bullet point approach, you first start in Normal view, as shown on the left in Figure 2-1, where you click to add a title to the title area and then click to add text in the content area below.

When the text on screen is the same as what is narrated, it creates redundancy that reduces understanding. The busy slide splits attention from the speaker’s narration. Not using the notes area ignores a critical source of information, the speaker’s voice. FIGURE 2-15 The conventional PowerPoint approach does not incorporate the dual-channels concept and instead places both visual and verbal information in the slide area. When you do not align your PowerPoint approach with the dual-channels concept, you impair learning in a number of ways.

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