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Everything I Know About Life I Learned From PowerPoint

Everything I know about life I learned from PowerPoint

I wrote a book about PowerPoint. This page will mostly be apologies and corrections. People I forgot to thank, things I got wrong. And then some links and DVD extras.


There is apparently a Kindle version of the book. I've never seen it but, I can imagine, on the standard grey scale Kindle, the book will look awful. I can't recommend you buy it. Sorry.

The books in the book

Notes on the text

Page v Mark and his armpits

Page 15 Interesting/Boring

Page 17 There's a Walrus in my Fridge and it Won't Shut Up A presentation from a golden age when we thought maybe the Internet of Things would have some positive aspects. Maybe.

Page 20 The Big Red Button An intervention designed to let me take my laptop on stage.

Page 25 Ella Fitzsimmons Who helped me be better.

Page 26 Rachel Coldicutt Who taught me about performance.

Page 29 Robert Gaskins The man.

Page 39 U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell Addresses the U.N. Security Council PowerPoint helps launch a war.

Page 63 When We Understand That Slide, We'll Have Won The War The most famous chart in military history.

Page 65 Amazing Military Graphics by Paul Ford @defensecharts The craziest charts in military history.

Page 77 A Visit From The Goon Squad Jennifer Egan's PowerPoint chapter.

Page 80 MORE What could have been.

Page 149 The YouTube pitch deck

Page 159 Leave it to Lee Longlands The best ad ever.

Page 160 Strong Verbs, Short Sentences The podcast of the desk sign.

Page 162 The Upgoer Text Editor The ten hundred words.

Page 171 Shakespeare or Supermodel? I'm not sure I remember any more.

Page 187 Let's Occupy Technology With Love by Rachel Coldicutt

Page 198 Perfect Pitch by Jon Steel

Page 200 Pointing at Things by Austin Kleon A short, brilliant blog post about art and attention.

Page 214 Lucy Prebble on the In Writing podcast Are you a violin?

Page 236 Nat Author of a great decks.

Page 262 Carbon Calculator