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Powerpoint Geeks, Rejoice

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Can’t wait to read Slide: ology by Nancy Duarte, the mastermind behind the Inconvenient Truth slideshow and highly-regarded presentation design guru.  Check out book highlights and other juicy stuff at her blog here.   Have already reserved a spot on the most important shelf in my office bookcase (located in my little powder room, alongside my Samuel Adams “standee” and my certificates of recognition from my Pantene clients.)

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You thought perhaps I was kidding?

The other must-read for Powerpoint geeks is Garr Reynolds’ Presentation Zen.  Wonderful graphic inspiration but also super-smart advice on how to conceive a powerful presentation (e.g.,  don’t start at the computer screen.  This will paralyze you and lead to working and re-working of the same sentence for 2 hours.  Better to bust out the Post-Its and map your thoughts that way.)

Reynolds and Duarte collaborate often, online and in speaking engagements.  In fact, they’re leading an all-day presentation seminar in Santa Clara this March which I’m dying to attend (have already hit up the Boss to let me go, I will not be denied.)   Here is a great dialogue between them at Reynolds’ blog specifically on the creation of the Inconvenient Truth slides (which were done with Keynote, not Powerpoint…for the geeks who care.)

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  1. LisaP
    January 12, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    I want to pack up my post its and go on a field trip to Santa Clara. So weary of re-thinking on PPT. Nice to know there’s a better way.

  1. January 23, 2009 at 4:38 pm

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