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Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery, 2nd Edition by Garr Reynolds

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It seems that computer-generated slide presentations have been around forever, but in truth they’ve only been in common use for about 20 to 25 years. PowerPoint 1.0 was created in Silicon Valley in 1987 by Robert Gaskins and Dennis Austin as a way to display presentations on a Mac. It was cool. And it worked. They sold the application later that year to Microsoft. A version for Windows hit the market a couple years later, and (oy vey!) the world hasn’t been the same since. As popular author Seth Godin—who’s seen more bad presentations than any man should be subjected to—says in his 2001 e-book Really Bad PowerPoint (the best-selling e-book of that year): “PowerPoint could be the most powerful tool on your computer, but it’s ...

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