Beyond Bullet Points I: Telling a story with your presentation
Beyond Bullet Points II: Using storyboards to plan your presentation
In his best-selling book Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft PowerPoint to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire (Microsoft Press, 2005), leading communications consultant Cliff Atkinson describes an innovative method for making lively and engaging presentations. His technique bans the use of bullet points in slides. Instead, he teaches a better method to focus ideas, coordinate spoken words with slide images, and create an engaging narration.
In "Beyond Bullet Points I: Telling a story with your presentation," you can learn how to use the Beyond Bullet Points story template to develop a story structure. In "Beyond Bullet Points II: Using storyboards to plan your presentation," learn how to transform your PowerPoint file into a storyboard by using three ground rules.
But any story can benefit from presentation tips. To better engage your audience, follow Atkinson's savvy tips for enhancing your presentation. Learn ways to interact with your audience so that your presentation is less of a lecture and more of a dialog. Remove distractions that lessen the impact of your story, such as too many special effects in your slides, or equipment problems in your meeting room.
The Beyond Bullet Points method can help you to expand PowerPoint's capability beyond a tool for designing slides into a tool that helps you deliver a memorable presentation.