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How to decide if you need PowerPoint

You’ve been asked to give a presentation. Should you use PowerPoint – or not?

I’ve seen more presentations ruined by PowerPoint than enhanced by it. I’ll bet you have, too.

Ask yourself these 3 questions before you decide to use PPT in any presentation:

  • Would PPT help the audience understand my message?
  • Would the visuals convey important information – information that an audience needs to see?
  • Would PPT enhance my role as speaker?

Unless you can say “yes” to all these questions [yes, my audience will benefit … yes, these charts/graphs/photos will convey important information … yes, I’ll be a better speaker], skip the PPT.

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