There is a new trend with ebooks — they are getting smaller all the time! Typically ebooks were just electronic versions of regular books that had a hundred pages or more and needed more than a day or two to read, especially if you had other full time work to take care of. Now, ebook authors have realized that it’s no longer necessary to take a concept that fits into 16 pages, and extend it to an entire book — so you get ebooks that are direct in their approach, get straight to the point — and you learn something new within an hour! Also the fact that you can start reading the book as soon as you buy it — and then you can act upon what you learned from the book soon after you read it!
Neurological studies show that we only retain about 7 ideas at a time, and once you tell us the eighth, we forget the first one. Imagine how little we retain of a series of 30 PowerPoint slides with 10 bullets per slide, and lots of sub-bullets.
Here are a few more sentences that I marked in this book:
The reason your sentences should be complete, declarative ones is that they force you to take a stand. Far too often, people headline their PowerPoint slides with titles like “Outlook,” and forget that no one but themselves knows what that outlook is. That makes presentations fuzzy, unclear, and hard to follow. Writing a complete sentence will fix that problem.
Armed with the outline, you’re ready to power up PowerPoint. This step is very simple: one slide per sentence. Put the sentence at the top of the slide, then add a picture (or a graphic) that reflects the emotion, people, places, or actions involved. Real photography, or good stock photography, is always better than clip art, which looks amateurish. Avoid bullet points on your slides – instead, put those in the speaker notes if you don’t want to forget some crucial detail. Keep the slides for pictures and headlines.