Microsoft to Publish Blogger's PowerPoint Book

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Microsoft Press will publish Cliff Atkinson's "Beyond Bullet Points", bringing to print the most popular online resource for PowerPoint. The book, scheduled for February 2005, will introduce advanced PowerPoint users to innovative communication techniques inspired by Hollywood storyboarding, Greek philosophy and pop culture.

Microsoft Press will publish Cliff Atkinson's "Beyond Bullet Points", bringing to print the most popular online resource for PowerPoint. The book, scheduled for February 2005, will introduce advanced PowerPoint users to innovative communication techniques inspired by Hollywood storyboarding, Greek philosophy and pop culture. “By publishing this book, Microsoft Press is throwing the door wide open to fresh thinking about PowerPoint,” said author Cliff Atkinson. PowerPoint is the presentation graphics software program from Microsoft which is used in virtually every business context, from small meetings to online seminars to formal investor presentations.

“There is a large audience of smart and savvy PowerPoint users who are eager for new ideas and inspiration,” said Atkinson. “If you’re a manager, director, vice president or CEO, PowerPoint is probably your second language. This book will help you speak it more fluently.” Where other books on the market focus on beginners, "Beyond Bullet Points" will help intermediate and advanced PowerPoint users to present their ideas clearly and simply.

The book is inspired by Atkinson’s "Beyond Bullets" weblog at http://www.beyondbullets.com, which has been featured in both Business 2.0 and Fast Company magazine weblogs, as well as dozens of other blogs from Japan to Italy. “People want to move beyond boring bullet points,” said Atkinson. “When they start applying new techniques instead, they begin to tap into new insights and unrealized creativity.”

The "Beyond Bullet Points" book will feature dozens of short, digestible and easy-to-apply techniques, and is designed to become a useful desktop resource whenever people work in PowerPoint. Atkinson’s innovative PowerPoint approach has been adopted by some of the world’s largest companies. He is a writer, speaker and president of Sociable Media in Los Angeles at http://www.sociablemedia.com and was a captain in the U.S. Air Force before earning his MBA and joining the ranks of the business community as an independent management consultant.

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