Power Point - a presentation tool
We all use Power-Point or similar presentation software to share our thoughts and ideas with an audience.
Used well, Power-Point is an amazing tool in terms of efficiency to build the individual slides and to facilitate the transport of the actual message. [...]
At the end of the day, it remains a tool and does by no means constitute the foundation of our message. There is an ongoing debate –overall, not very much progressing – whether bullet point presentations carry the risk of generating bullet-point-thinking.
Gene Zelazny, the McKinsey presentation guru and Edward Tufte, Yale Professor seem to hold controversial positions. From our perspective, both of them have very valid points of criticism and it depends on the purpose and the goal of the presentation.
Power point remains a tool and is not a type-writer. As a key note speaker – out of respect to your audience - you should be clear about your actual goal of presenting something to an audience. Objective, key message and time available for your speech determine the level of detail and intensity of animation required.
The selection of visuals and the complexity of data should always be targeted to support your key message and help you to achieve the goal you have defined for giving the speech in the first place.
If you would like to read more about it: http://extremepresentation.typepad.com/files/say_it_with_powerpoint_v61-1.pdf