I’m the author of Real Leaders Don’t Do PowerPoint (Crown Business), so you might think I’m always and everywhere opposed to its use.
I’d say I’m critical of it, but not opposed to it. Many of my clients–subject matter experts of all stripes–use PowerPoint, and they should.
But these days it’s assumed, at least in the business world, that everyone should use PowerPoint every time they give a presentation. And that’s a mistake.
I begin with the assumption that PowerPoint is a tool for organizing, formatting, and projecting information visually.
If that’s the case–you can disagree with me–then there are three questions you can and should ask about it.
1. Is PowerPoint a good tool?
Does it make organizing, formatting, and projecting information easy, efficient, and effective?