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Looking Good In Presentations [Paperback]

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This book features a 32 full-color page insert showing effective use of color techniques in presentation graphics. Includes real-world design guidelines and principles. Contains special section showcasing graphics "design crimes, " helping presenters avoid common mistakes.

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If you're one of the many people who get frazzled at the mere thought of giving a presentation, get this book. It'll give you the confidence-boosting advice you need to plan and produce informative, interesting, and well-targeted presentations. Author Molly Joss shows you how to establish your objectives, design an effective layout using storyboards and grids, select a good font and color scheme, arrange text frames and use them to streamline your message, and create graphs and diagrams that are useful and clear. All the while, you assess the needs and tastes of your audience, decide on the best the presentation-delivery method--such as computer, overhead projector, slide show, or flip chart--and consider whether the presentation venue has the equipment you need to deliver your show.

Delving into more advanced aspects of the current business scene, Joss teaches you about adding multimedia elements such as audio clips, video clips, and animated graphics, and she also explains the drawbacks and positive aspects of Web-based presentations. You get insight into common design mistakes, such as using too many typefaces and relying on literal and visual cliches. The Sample Scenarios chapter reminds you to learn in advance about the presentation venue--seating, lighting, acoustics, and so on--and explores the best ways to deliver your show based on whether you're dealing with peers, Web users, conference associates, sales shows, traveling shows, courtroom exhibits, financial reports, boardroom graphics, or instruction and training. There's also a summary chapter advising you, for example, to check your pace, look for errors, and review a final checklist.

Joss wraps up the books with an appendix on 3-D objects; a glossary; suggestions for further reading; resources for presentation software; image-editing and animation software; computer hardware and peripherals; presentation equipment; and free fonts, images, and clip art. --Kathleen Caster

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Item Specifications...

Pages   384
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.08" Width: 8.04" Height: 0.79"
Weight:   2.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2002
Publisher   Paraglyph
ISBN  1932111565  
ISBN13  9781932111569  

Availability  0 units.

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1Books > Subjects > Computers & Internet > Graphics & Illustration > General
2Books > Subjects > Computers & Internet > Software > Business > General
3Books > Subjects > Computers & Internet > Web Development > HTML, Graphics, & Design > Web Graphics

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Excellent material...  Jan 15, 2004
Over the last few weeks, I've been reading through the book Looking Good In Presentations by Molly Joss. I figured since I have the Lotusphere presentation coming up, I might as well get some expert instruction on how to build a good slide presentation. This book contains a wealth of information on how (and how *not*) to structure your presentation. It covers media, design and layout, typeface, graphs and diagrams, multimedia, and many other topics. It's easy to read, and all the information is practical. If you find yourself needing to put together presentations for talks, you would do well to get this book and pick up some pointers on how to do it right. Now... just don't judge my presentation by this... :-)
Very Basic  Oct 22, 2000
This book is for anyone who is doing their first presentation or has been doing presentations for only a short while. Molly Joss provides all the structural basics on doing presentations, from media types through layout and design. The book provides pointers on the best fonts, colors, and layouts to use. The treatment is basic, mainly focusing on the use of presentation software.

If you are looking for a book on presentation style or issues with audience engagement, you would be best served to get a book focused on that aspect--this is not the one for you.
Excellent book for those who think they know  Apr 3, 1999
I thoughht I knew a lot about powerpoint presentations....until I saw this book. I would call this thirty bucks well spent!
Excellent book for those who think they know  Apr 3, 1999
I thoughht I knew a lot about powerpoint presentations....until I saw this book. I would call this thirty bucks well spent!
A must-read if you make presentations.  Apr 1, 1999
The book is thorough and well written, containing many details one wouldn't normally think of. Ms. Joss not only explains what features make a good presentation, but also why, which helps to make the lessons stick. She goes off on a tangent a little bit by discussing Web page development, but it is still an excellent book.

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