Getting Started in PowerPoint
IN THIS CHAPTER
Finding your way around the screen
Creating a presentation
Changing views of the screen
It’s impossible to sit through a conference, seminar, or trade show without seeing at least one PowerPoint presentation. PowerPoint has found its way into nearly every office and boardroom. I’ve heard of a man (a very unromantic man) who proposed to his wife by way of a PowerPoint presentation.
As nice as PowerPoint can be, it has its detractors. If the software isn’t used properly, it can come between the speaker and the audience. In a New Yorker article titled “Absolute PowerPoint: Can a Software Package Edit Our Thoughts?” Ian Parker argued that PowerPoint may actually be more of a hindrance than a help in communicating. PowerPoint, Parker wrote, is “a social instrument, turning middle managers into bullet-point dandies.” The software, he added, “has a private, interior influence. It edits ideas … . It helps you make a case, but also makes its own case about how to organize information, how to look at the world.”