Stop the downward slide: Eric Bergman’s ‘5 Steps to Conquer Death by PowerPoint’

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I enjoyed Eric Bergman‘s book 5 Steps to Conquer ‘Death by PowerPoint’: Changing the World One Conversation At a Time, once I got over my initial disappointment that it isn’t about using PowerPoint to conquer death*. (I’d missed those all-important quotation marks.)

So, like me, you’re still going to die. But if you’d rather not do it behind a microphone – or in an audience – then you might like to check out Eric’s book. My review is in the January issue of IABC/BC’s Connect:

Somewhere in the world right now, someone is facing an audience with a remote in their hand, notes on their lectern, and a failed presentation in their immediate future.

Within the next 15 minutes, most of the audience members will have checked out: losing focus, interest, or – in extreme but not entirely rare cases – consciousness.

That scene’s going to play out around the planet today with thousands of groups from training seminars to team meetings to pitch sessions. A staggering number of PowerPoint decks will be shown today to an even more staggering number of people — with staggeringly little benefit.

That’s what Eric Bergman is trying to change. In 5 Steps to Conquer ‘Death by PowerPoint’: Changing the World One Conversation at a Time, the Toronto-based communication consultant argues that the vast majority of PowerPoint slides aren’t just being created in vain: they’re actively undermining our ability to communicate.

Let me know what you think!


* This will come as a relief to the Microsoft Office development team, who would see that as some serious scope creep.

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