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Chapter 1. What’s the Point? > How Effective Is PowerPoint? - Pg. 5

What's the Point? 5 For example, if you're teaching a workshop on how to maximize investment earnings, you might have half a dozen topics, all of which are equally valid. However, some of the topics might be of more interest to the audience than others. You need the flexibility to deal with selected topics in any order and even to skip topics if interest or time constraints make it necessary to do so. Note For information on creating a nonlinear presentation, see p. 221. Assessing the Power of PowerPoint Ultimately, you have to determine whether PowerPoint will function as a real tool in support of whatever your task is. If you're a teacher, can it help you teach better? If you're a motivational speaker, can it help you motivate better? If you're a church music director, can it help you get your congregation to sing better? Because it takes a lot of time and energy to become proficient with PowerPoint, you certainly don't want to go to a lot of effort, only to find that PowerPoint can't help you. You should therefore start small and resist the temptation to try to do everything all at once. You should try a few things that you think will work and see what happens. As you become more comfortable using PowerPoint, you can try more features until you find yourself wondering how you ever lived without PowerPoint. How Effective Is PowerPoint? If you listen to PowerPoint proponents or to its detractors, you could be convinced that it's a panacea, with the potential for brining world peace, or the embodiment of evil itself, contributing to the delin- quency of minors and turning corporate minds into mush. So what's the real story?