I've been reading three books of interest to presenters:
Clear and to the Point by Stephen Kosslyn
Relational Presentation by Robert Lane and Chantal Bosse
and Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck by Rick Altman
So far I've finished Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck, am about 1/2 way through Clear and to the Point and 1/4 of the way through Relational Presentation. I always judge a book by whether I've learned something or not. So far each has provided some value. I do however want to go through each of these with PowerPoint open so that I can test some of their premises and include them in my reviews.
I'll be reporting on my perspectives on each of these resources in the next couple of weeks. If you've read any of these three and would like to join the conversation, send me an e-mail with your perspectives and I'll be sure to incorporate it into my book reviews.
I'll be attending Rick Altman'sPPT Live Conference starting this Sunday in New Orleans. I'm looking forward to picking up some good tips, ideas and to networking with other PPT and presentation professionals. As I learn new things that are worth sharing, I'll be sure to post them here on PPT.
In addition, I've given myself a couple of reading assignments while I'm planebound this weekend and next week to read and comment on two new PPT books I just received from Amazon - "CLEAR and to THE POINT" by Stephen Kosslyn and "Why Most PowerPoint Presentations SUCK" by Rick Altman of above mentioned PPT Live fame. My initial scan of both tells me that I'll be able to pick up some good tips and techniques to add to my repertoire.
Thumbs up on Cutting Edge PowerPoint for Dummies. Your happy dummy, the Web Chef, a.k.a. the PPT Chef :) was able to insert a Flash .SWF movie into a presentation I've been working on. The book lays out a clear description that worked.
Open PPT Presentation
Select Slide you want to insert SWF file into
Select Control Toolbox
Select Bottom Right Icon - hammer and nail (More controls)
Select Shockwave Flash Object
Drag a rectangle within your slide using your mouse, release
Right click the rectangle
Select Properties from the drop down menu
Select Custom (on the top of the listings)
Click the ellipsis button on the right of custom to open a Property Page
Type in the name of your Flash .SWF file in the Movie URL box, hit OK Note: be sure to include the file extension .swf and keep the path simple by moving the file) to the same folder.
I've started to read Cutting Edge PowerPoint for Dummies by Geetesh Bajaj and as promised, I'll periodically report back on what I think. I jumped to Chapter 10: Listening and Watching: The Sound and Video Stuff, because I had a particular task in mind - converting an MP3 audio file to a .WAV file. Given PowerPoint's preferences for a .WAV file for transitions, this was something I needed to do. While I'm pretty technically savvy this wasn't a task I had addressed yet. I was happy to find a description and a link to a resource for this conversion process on page 213 of the book.
I've now downloaded dBPower AMP Music Converter, a tool that allows you to rip a .WAV file from an MP3 or CD, and can happily say it works. I was able to rip a .WAV file and insert it into my PowerPoint Presentation rather easily. I'm sure my audiences will be impressed.
Stay tuned for additional comments about this and the other books I'm reading.
I'm always looking for and adding new books to my personal and professional libraries. Personal interest books tend to run to "throwaway and escapists" mysteries, spy thrillers, legal thrillers. My professional interests lie in trends, e-marketing, presentation skills, PowerPoint, blogs...
Recently I've purchased several books related to presentation skills and PowerPoint that I'll be reading over the next few months and reporting back on in this blog.
PowerPoint Books "Cutting Edge PowerPoint for Dummies", Geetesh Bajaj, Wiley, 2006 (See companion website)