Recently I posed a question on LinkedIn: “What Are Your Rules For PowerPoint?” and got a wide array of responses. The answers ranged from “Keep it simple, stupid” to long treatises on how different businesses could use them. There was more than one admonition to just use Keynote.
My intention was to gauge how people use Microsoft PowerPoint, or any slide presentation tool in general, and find out what really irritates them when they see slideshows. I’ve already created my own video presentation called “Optimizing Slide Presentations: Don’t Think of it as PowerPoint”, in which I explain that you really have to follow rules that meet the needs and expectations of your own audience, be they B2B, B2C, investors, media, or anybody else. This question was about listening to the people rather than pushing my own agenda.