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Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft® PowerPoint® to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire

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Improve your presentations—and increase your impact—with 50 powerful, practical, and easy-to-apply techniques for Microsoft PowerPoint. You'll learn innovative ways to design and deliver your message—and get better results.

Table of Contents

  1. Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft PowerPoint to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire
  2. Dedication
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. Introduction
  5. About the Author
  6. 1. Moving Beyond Bullet Points: A Three-Step Approach
    1. Introducing the Scenario
    2. Analyzing the Problem
      1. Three Analysis Questions
      2. Can I See the Focus of the Presentation by Reading Only the Slide Titles?
      3. Does This Presentation Balance My Spoken Words and Projected Visuals?
      4. Does This Look Interesting to My Audience?
    3. Selecting a Strategy
      1. Introducing the Hollywood Approach
      2. Interpreting Classical Ideas with Modern Technology
      3. Aligning Your Strategy with the Research
    4. Understanding the Three-Step Approach
      1. Writing a Script to Focus Your Ideas
      2. Storyboarding Your Script to Clarify Your Ideas
      3. Producing Your Script to Engage Your Audience
    5. Getting Started
  7. 2. Setting the Stage for Your Story in Act I
    1. The Beyond Bullet Points Story Template
    2. Writing Using Three Ground Rules
      1. Rule 1: Write Complete Sentences with a Subject and a Verb in Active Tense
      2. Rule 2: Use a Conversational Tone That Is Simple, Clear, and Direct
      3. Rule 3: Constrain the Length of Your Sentences to the Limits of the Template
    3. Act I: Setting Up Your Story
      1. Act I, Scene 1: Establishing the Setting
      2. Act I, Scene 2: Naming the Protagonist
      3. Act I, Scene 3: Describing the Imbalance
      4. Act I, Scene 4: Aiming for Balance
      5. Act I, Scene 5: Recommending a Solution
    4. Closing the Curtain on Act I
      1. Reviewing the Five Scenes
      2. Appealing to Your Audience’s Emotions
      3. Focusing Your Ideas
    5. 10 Tips for Enhancing Act I
      1. Tip 1: Inspiration from the Screenwriters
      2. Tip 2: 10 Story Variations
      3. Tip 3: Your Act I Screen Test
      4. Tip 4: Multiple Stories, Multiple Templates
      5. Tip 5: Visualize Your Audience
      6. Tip 6: What Problem Is Your Audience Facing?
      7. Tip 7: Strategic Collage
      8. Tip 8: The Story of Advertising
      9. Tip 9: Persuasive Education
      10. Tip 10: Get the Writing Right
  8. 3. Fleshing Out Your Story in Acts II and III
    1. Introducing Acts II and III
      1. Appealing to Reason in Act II
      2. Appealing to Emotion and Reason in Act III
    2. Act II: Developing the Action
      1. Centering on the Solution
      2. Choosing from Three Levels of Detail
      3. Specifying Three Main Supporting Points
      4. Act II, Scene 1: Supporting the First Main Point
      5. Act II, Scenes 2 and 3: Repeating the Process
      6. Act II, Scene 4: Creating the Turning Point
    3. Act III: Framing the Resolution
      1. Act III, Scene 1: Restating the Crisis
      2. Act III, Scene 2: Recommending the Solution
      3. Act III, Scene 3: Setting Up the Climax
      4. Act III, Scene 4: Reaching the Resolution
    4. Reading Your PowerPoint Script Aloud
    5. Reviewing Your Script with Your Team
    6. Lowering the Curtain on Your Story Template
    7. 10 Tips for Enhancing Your Story Template
      1. Tip 1: The Power of Three
      2. Tip 2: Making Room for Four
      3. Tip 3: Variations on a Theme
      4. Tip 4: Grow Clarity Using a Logic Tree
      5. Tip 5: Build an Outline in a Brainstorm
      6. Tip 6: Tap Your Team’s Talents
      7. Tip 7: Taking the Express Elevator
      8. Tip 8: The Outline of Convention
      9. Tip 9: Cascading Conclusions
      10. Tip 10: The Invisible Story Structure
  9. 4. Preparing and Planning Your Storyboard
    1. Introducing the Storyboard
    2. Transferring Your Script to PowerPoint
      1. Sending the Story Template from Word to PowerPoint
      2. Setting Up the Slide Master
      3. Changing the Slide Layout
      4. Editing the Headlines
    3. Preparing Your Storyboard
      1. Adding a Title and Closing Credits
      2. Creating Storyboard Guides
      3. Repositioning the Storyboard Guides
    4. Planning Your Spoken Words
      1. Setting Up the Notes Master
      2. Writing Your Narrative
    5. Storyboarding Using Three Ground Rules
      1. Rule 1: Keep Reviewing the Big Picture
      2. Rule 2: Maintain a Steady Pace
      3. Rule 3: Tie Your Acts and Scenes Together
    6. Rehearsing with Your Headlines
    7. 10 Tips for Enhancing Your Storyboard
      1. Tip 1: Remind the Audience of Your Purpose
      2. Tip 2: Scale to Time
      3. Tip 3: Paper Storyboards
      4. Tip 4: Nested Storyboards
      5. Tip 5: Design for Your Designer
      6. Tip 6: Comical Inspiration
      7. Tip 7: Customize the Beyond Bullet Points Storyboard Formatter
      8. Tip 8: Notes on Your Notes Pages
      9. Tip 9: Write in Slide Sorter View
      10. Tip 10: Customize Your Storyboard Guides
  10. 5. Choosing a Design Style for Your Storyboard
    1. Designing Using Three Ground Rules
      1. Rule 1: Design the Complete Experience Around the Headline
      2. Rule 2: Make Your Slides Collaborative
      3. Rule 3: Try Three Treatments
    2. Applying a Variety of Design Techniques to Three Slides
      1. Preparing a Test File
      2. Beginning the Design Process
      3. Filling the Screen with a Photograph
      4. Ensuring That the Headline Is Legible
      5. Hiding the Headlines
      6. Adding a Visual Prop
      7. Using Clip Art
      8. Animating Your Words
      9. Mixing and Matching Techniques
    3. Choosing a Style
    4. 10 Tips for Enhancing Your Slides
      1. Tip 1: Composing a Palette
      2. Tip 2: Design Inspiration
      3. Tip 3: Storyboard Sketchpads
      4. Tip 4: Savvy Simplicity
      5. Tip 5: Sail Through a Single Photograph
      6. Tip 6: A PowerPoint Design Library
      7. Tip 7: Inspiration as Big as a Billboard
      8. Tip 8: The Subtlety of Animation
      9. Tip 9: Making the Transition
      10. Tip 10: More Graphical Resources
  11. 6. Expanding Your Graphical Options
    1. Snapping a Screen Shot
    2. Displaying Detailed Numbers
    3. Explaining an Idea Using a Diagram
      1. Creating a Diagram
      2. Explaining an Idea Across Three Slides Using a Diagram
      3. Explaining an Idea on a Single Slide Using a Diagram
    4. Explaining an Idea Across Slides Using a Chart
    5. Improving Your Storyboard
      1. Adding Graphics to the Title and Closing Credits
      2. Reinforcing the Three Main Ideas
      3. Aligning with the Research
    6. Rehearsing the Presentation
    7. Finalizing the Notes Pages
    8. Getting Clearance and Approvals
    9. 10 Tips for Enhancing Your Slides
      1. Tip 1: Layouts Beyond the Basics
      2. Tip 2: Unconventional Animation
      3. Tip 3: Color-Coded Slides
      4. Tip 4: The Split Screen
      5. Tip 5: Visual Rhetoric
      6. Tip 6: Show Me the Numbers
      7. Tip 7: A Diagram and Chart Library
      8. Tip 8: Working with Designers
      9. Tip 9: The PowerPoint Triptych
      10. Tip 10: Unified Design
  12. 7. Bringing Your Story to Life
    1. Producing Using Three Ground Rules
      1. Rule 1: Make Your Media Transparent
      2. Rule 2: Create a Dialog with Your Audience
      3. Rule 3: Improvise Within Constraints
    2. Removing Distractions
      1. Preparing the Environment
      2. Checking the Technology
      3. Planning for Problems
      4. Rehearsing Away Distractions
      5. Using Notes
    3. Developing a Dialog
      1. Being Authentic
      2. Working Confidently with Your Slides
      3. Enlivening the Dialog
      4. Handling Q & A
    4. Improvising Within Constraints
      1. Keeping Control of Your Story
      2. Preparing for Different Contexts
      3. Turning Off Your Slides
      4. Handing Out Handouts
    5. Presenting Without Being Present
      1. Sending Your Notes Pages (Not Your Slides)
      2. Producing an Online Presentation
    6. And Now Presenting...
    7. 10 Tips for Enhancing Your Production
      1. Tip 1: The Living Brand
      2. Tip 2: Toastmasters
      3. Tip 3: Stretch Yourself
      4. Tip 4: Preparing Your Introduction
      5. Tip 5: Got Gobo?
      6. Tip 6: Visual Mnemonics
      7. Tip 7: Make the Conversation High Voltage
      8. Tip 8: Magnify Intimacy
      9. Tip 9: Script Multiple Speakers
      10. Tip 10: Stay in Touch Using the Beyond Bullets Blog
  13. A. Conclusion
  14. B. Aligning with the Research
    1. Reviewing Mayer’s Research-Based Principles
      1. Communicating with Words and Pictures
      2. Avoiding the Redundancy of Narration and On-Screen Text
      3. Keeping Information in Bite-Sized Segments
      4. Clearly Signaling Information
      5. Using a Conversational Style
      6. Placing Headlines Near Graphics
      7. Keeping the Screen Clear of Distractions
      8. Narrating Animated Elements
      9. Synchronizing Animation and Narration
    2. Applying Advanced Principles
    3. Learning More About the Research
      1. Additional Resources
  15. C. Using the Storyboard Formatter
    1. Installing the Storyboard Formatter as the Default for New Presentations
  16. Index
  17. About the Author
  18. Copyright