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Wonderful Book for Presenters

Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | by Mark Tucker

Do you truly want to be an effective presenter?  There is more to it than adding bullet-pointed slides in your preferred presentation software.  I am a presenter at work and at genealogy conferences and I am excited about a new book:

slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations by Nancy Duarte

This book has beautiful graphics and practical advice for improving your presentations.  The topics covered are:

  • Chapter 1 – Creating a New Slide Ideology
  • Chapter 2 – Creating Ideas, Not Slides
  • Chapter 3 – Creating Diagrams
  • Chapter 4 – Displaying Data
  • Chapter 5 – Thinking Like a Designer
  • Chapter 6 – Arranging Elements
  • Chapter 7 – Using Visual Elements: Background, Color, and Text
  • Chapter 8 – Using Visual Elements: Images
  • Chapter 9 – Creating Movement
  • Chapter 10 – Governing with Templates
  • Chapter 11 – Interacting with Slides
  • Chapter 12 – Manifesto: The Five Theses of the Power of a Presentation

This book was on my Christmas wish list until I looked through it at the bookstore.  After which I decided to buy it for myself.

Over the last year, I have meet many fellow genealogists that present at their local genealogy society or at regional or national conferences.  I consider this book a “must have” and recommend it highly.


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