Jan 17, 2017
This Week's Tip: Use the Cursor Keys
When you are in slide show mode, you can navigate a
PowerPoint slide deck by using the cursor keys. This makes it
easier to navigate back and forth through your slides while
speaking to a group.
Post Tip Discussion
We start by talking about the nature of PowerPoint. Many
folks have learned to fear "Death by PowerPoint,"
and they blame PowerPoint for bad meetings. In
reality, this is not a problem with the tool. It's the way folks
use PowerPoint. If you don't want to use it, that's fine,
and the reality is that in most organizations and meetings, not
using it is not an option.
The trick to successfully using PowerPoint is to use it
to reinforce what the speaker is saying, not to replace the
speaker. In many organizations, PowerPoint is the Word
Processor of choice. If your organization is like that, make sure
you do not use the same decks for email reports that you use to
conduct a presentation. To be effective the deck should be written
for the way you expect your audience to consume it -- from a
computer at their desk or led by a presenter at a meeting. A
deck is not a presentation. You cannot email someone a presentation
because a presentation exists at a specific time and place.
What are your thoughts on PowerPoint and how to use it properly?
Post them here, or call the listener line at 650-TalkTip