Some books zoom through a software program so fast it makes your head spin. You'll come out dizzy, but basically able to cobble together some
The Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 Bible is probably the only PowerPoint book you will ever need. In fact, it might even be the only book on giving presentations you'll ever need. No, seriously! I mean it.
As you probably guessed by the heft of the book, this is not a quick-fix shortcut to PowerPoint expertise. Instead, it's a thoughtful, thorough educational tool that can be your personal trainer now and your reference text for
But this book doesn't stop with PowerPoint procedures. Creating a good presentation is much more than just clicking a few dialog boxes and typing some text. It requires knowledge and planning-lots of it. That's why this book includes a whole chapter on planning a presentation, and another whole chapter on the practical issues involved in presenting one. You learn things like the following:
How to select the best
How to gauge the
How to arrange the tables and chairs in the meeting room to
How to choose what to wear for a live presentation
And lots more! When you finish this book, you will not only be able to build a presentation with PowerPoint, but you'll also be able to explain why you made the choices you did, and you'll deliver that presentation smoothly and with confidence.
If you are planning a presentation for remote delivery (for example, posting it on a Web site or setting up a kiosk at a trade show), you'll find lots of help for these situations too. In fact, an entire section of the book is devoted to various nontraditional presentation
This book is organized into
Part I: Building Your Presentation . In this part, you start building a robust, content-rich presentation by choosing a template, entering your text, and applying text formatting, both manually and via PowerPoint 2007's new Themes feature.
Part II: Using Graphics and Multimedia Content
. This part teaches you how to import and create various types of graphical and multimedia content including clip art, diagrams, photos,
Part III: Interfacing with Your Audience
. This part helps you prepare your presentation for various delivery scenarios, including printing handouts for a live audience, running a live show on a computer screen, designing visual aids for
Part IV: Project Labs
. This part provides four step-by-step walkthroughs that
Appendixes . At the end of the book you'll find information about customizing PowerPoint and checking out the new features in PowerPoint 2007.
The CD-ROM included with PowerPoint 2007 Bible contains more than 500 PowerPoint templates and backgrounds that you can use to design your own PowerPoint presentations. If you aren't familiar with how to choose a background or template for your presentation, be sure to read Chapter 3 in this book which discusses templates and Chapter 5 which includes the backgrounds discussion before attempting to use the CD-ROM. Please see Appendix C for more information on the professional designers who supplied the templates for your use. The CD-ROM also contains author files for use in the Project Labs in Part IV.