Friday, August 21, 2009

New book on effective PowerPoint presentations and a helpful tip

It's called "Real Leaders Don't Do PowerPoint" by Christopher Witt and is intended for public speakers (which includes all teachers, at lease some of the time).  According to the Business Writing Blog, the book concedes there are times when PowerPoint makes a presentation more effective but that, in general, it's over-used and can just as easily put an audience to sleep.  One miscellaneous, helpful tip from the book is that:

'In PowerPoint, the screen will go black when you press the B key, white when you press the W key.'

I use the B key often for a black screen. But W for a white screen? This new information excites me. Here's why:

A black screen darkens the front of the room, which is often already dim to avoid washing out the slides. I love knowing how to produce a white screen, which will keep the front area, where I am presenting, bright.

Read the rest of the review here.

I am the scholarship dude.


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