Beyond Bullet Points by Cliff Atkinson

Beyond Bullet Points by Cliff Atkinson adopts a holistic approach to making presentations using PowerPoint as a framework. This is a focussed and well-considered presentation in itself looking to the psychological factors that impact on the effectiveness of communication considering the key message and the apparatus that will support optimal uptake by your audience. In its 3rd edition, Atkinson’s book is engaging without being overwhelming and walks the reader through a feel supported approach that lends itself to immediate application.

Here’s what I really like about the book:

  • It’s very concise and offers support for a focussed framework – it takes the reader through a process illustrating with examples where necessary to substantiate the value of working with digestible bits of info and providing constant feedback;
  • It is well illustrated and quite appropriately illustrated which makes this a fresh read;
  • It is quite easy to implement this same process using any presentation software – it’s not tied to PowerPoint and does take an approach of considering the role of the software as opposed to providing a guide to using powerpoint more effectively;
I highly recommend this book and also to take it on board, spend the time thoughtfully considering it and the ways it can be applied to your presentations. It is a great value and the suggestions can be applied on a piecemeal basis and see an immediate return.

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