Summary of Death by PowerPoint

A Modern Office Survival Guide

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Death by PowerPoint book summary
How to survive work by seeing how funny it is: a parody with a point.


8 Overall

7 Applicability

6 Innovation

9 Style


Corporate life, like high school, has a social order that separates the drones from the workers. The queen bees, better known as executives, sit back and enjoy the fruits of their workers’ labors. In fact, bosses made approximately 40 times more money than average workers in 1980; the figure jumped to about 400 times more by 1999. That’s unfair, but so is life in the workplace. Michael Flocker offers amusing observations and practical (as well as funny, but impractical) advice in his satirical look at office survival. He covers everything from dress codes and office politics to etiquette and office romances. getAbstract recommends this book to any employee who’s looking for a little comic relief. That pretty much includes everybody.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to play the office game; and
  • Why a sense of humor can help you maintain your sanity at work.


Reading the Signs
When you apply for a job, look for telltale signs about the work environment. If the interviewer describes it as “fast-paced,” then get ready to be thrown to the wolves with no training or direction. Does the firm expect you to be a self-starter? Prepare to figure out...
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About the Author

Michael Flocker is the author of The Metrosexual Guide to Style, The Hedonism Handbook and The Fame Game.

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