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I recently took a colleague completely off-guard.  The meeting was about to begin.  He was apologizing that a projector and screen weren’t set up.  And for some reason, I was very calm.  “I told the hotel staff that I didn’t need any of that stuff.  I don’t have any slides,” I told him.

He thought about my comment for several moments.  “You’re not going to use slides?!”

To my co-worker, it was unfathomable that in this day and age someone would not want to use PowerPoint to supplement his presentation.  PowerPoint (or Keynote for those Mac users) is a great tool that has just been overused, and often abused, in presentations.

In the event that PowerPoint is something you’re planning to use in an upcoming presentation, and in the event there’s nothing I can do to talk you out of using it, then at least click on a couple of the following links.  These presentations offer a glimpse of what can be possible when it comes to creating some amazing visual aids using PowerPoint…

Imagining What’s Possible: Example #1

You Suck At PowerPoint

I like this presentation because, if we all take a good, hard, honest look in the mirror, this is the truth.  The designer of this presentation (who also designed a similar, more gently-named presentation called Steal This Presentation) offers a series of common mistakes we make in designing PowerPoint and how to address them.

PPT Sample 1 - You Suck

Imagining What’s Possible: Example #2

Introduction to Slide Design

Alex Rister, who has a pretty amazing blog entitled Creating Communication, also designs some amazing presentations.  The Introduction to Slide Design presentation has a dual-purpose: 1) explaining how to put together great presentations and 2) showing you what great slides look like.

PPT Sample 2 - Slide Design

Imagining What’s Possible: Example #3

The Gettysburg Address

In the beginning of this post, I claimed PowerPoint is over-used, often abused.  I mean it.  PowerPoint isn’t always necessary.  And Peter Norvig does an amazing job illustrating this.  How historic would Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address have been had he chosen to use PowerPoint?

PPT Sample 3 - Gettysburg Address

Looking for some additional tips on how to make a rockin’ PowerPoint presentation on your own?  You may find these other blog posts helpful:

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