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PowerPoint Pearls: Getting Started
This new series will provide background and step-by-step instructions to frequently asked PowerPoint questions. We'll begin by exploring some very important questions about your presentation needs. This month's question is:
Is a PowerPoint presentation appropriate for your purpose or audience?
This is always the first question you should ask yourself when you have to deliver a presentation. There are pros and cons to using presentation software. Here are some points to consider:
"Because everyone else does."
This may sound silly, but it could be a legitimate reason to use presentation software. The use of presentation software is so commonplace, that not using it may give your audience the impression that you are a Luddite.
The use of images may be essential to the presentation content.
For example, your content may require:
The house lights are often turned down during a presentation.
The use of presentation software creates a formal atmosphere.
Formality can limit interaction with your audience and this may be a significant deterrent to the use of presentation software. Audience members (particularly students) may not feel comfortable interrupting you to ask a question.