Slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations is a book about communication. More importantly is a guide to communicating well while using presentation software as a visual aid. The book is not a how-to manual for using presentation software. It is a book about creating ideas and accompanying visuals in a way that enhances the story you trying to communicate.
I found this book to be an enjoyable read that held my attention and inspired me to think about connecting with my audience. Thinking visually while trying to express an idea is not something that comes naturally to everyone. It is a skill that can be developed, over time, with enough practice and some mentoring. Slide:ology will help you understand the theory of using visuals to enhance your ideas while communicating with your audience.
The book addresses design principles that should improve your ability to create meaningful presentations. Advice on thinking like a designer is paired with tips on how to maintain continuity and flow as your presentation progresses. Designers understand light, perspective, and the subliminal nuances that can put an audience at ease or make them feel anxious. Learning how to use these qualities to your advantage could be the difference between communicating your ideas effectively or failing to connect with your audience. Slide:ology takes the reader on a journey through good presentation design and leaves them better off for having traveled the path.
I found this book to be useful and enjoyable and would recommend it to others. To learn more visit, Slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations at O’Reilly Media.
Disclosure: I received a free e-book copy for review purposes.