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Beyond Bullet Points: Using PowerPoint to tell a compelling story that gets results, Fourth Edition by Cliff Atkinson

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Introduction: A Canvas of Light

Sometimes, when you least expect it, a story can change your life.

I was 24 and a lieutenant in the Air Force stationed in Spain. It was my first big job, chief of public affairs, overseeing the base newspaper and relationships with the media and the local community. I had dreamed of living in Europe while I was growing up in Texas, and this job was a perfect fit for a college English and Journalism major.

Whenever I could, I took vacation time to tour the cities of Europe. One rainy summer day on a trip through France, I drove an hour south of Paris, to a town called Chartres. When I arrived at the front steps ...

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