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On Point: The Art of Using PowerPoint
West, June A.; Paraiz, Oz Technical Note BC-0212 / Published August 28, 2007 / 15 pages.
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Today, most organizations communicate important messages using Microsoft PowerPoint. Early in the 21st century, several hundred million copies of PowerPoint were turning out trillions of slides each year. Yet very few people are skilled PowerPoint users. Poor presentations can waste time, cost organizations money, and sometimes even end careers. Often, presenters ignore the importance of understanding one's material, developing a compelling visual story, and delivering a polished presentation. This note offers suggestions for developing powerful presentations with strong, yet simple, visuals. It focuses on the importance of understanding one's story, then researching and writing it, creating taglines, visualizing the story, transforming taglines into slides, and lastly how to present it.


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    Today, most organizations communicate important messages using Microsoft PowerPoint. Early in the 21st century, several hundred million copies of PowerPoint were turning out trillions of slides each year. Yet very few people are skilled PowerPoint users. Poor presentations can waste time, cost organizations money, and sometimes even end careers. Often, presenters ignore the importance of understanding one's material, developing a compelling visual story, and delivering a polished presentation. This note offers suggestions for developing powerful presentations with strong, yet simple, visuals. It focuses on the importance of understanding one's story, then researching and writing it, creating taglines, visualizing the story, transforming taglines into slides, and lastly how to present it.

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