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When not to use PowerPointIn spite of the fact that I’m the author of Real Leaders Don’t Do PowerPoint, I don’t hate it. It doesn’t make me foam at the mouth or denounce it as the end of civilization as we know it.

(I’m not a member of the Anti-PowerPoint Party. Yes, there is such a thing, an official Swiss political party.)

Many of my clients use PowerPoint and use it well. On occasion, I even use it.

But PowerPoint is used too often and inappropriately.

PowerPoint is a tool. It’s a complicated, somewhat sophisticated tool, but it’s nothing more than a tool.

In my opinion, PowerPoint is a more-than-adequate, but less-than-perfect tool. You may think otherwise, and I won’t argue with you. But I will keep insisting that it’s a tool.

As with any tool, sometimes PowerPoint is used well. Sometimes not. And sometimes—frequently—it’s used when it shouldn’t be.

Just because you have a hammer and you know how to use it correctly doesn’t mean you should hit everything with it.

The same is true with PowerPoint. Even if you can use it well, you don’t have to use it all the time. There are times, in fact, when you’d be better off not using it.

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