“See, we’re a Mac-based company, so we’re not stuck with PowerPoint. And over the years, we’ve used a variety of presentation programs ranging from AppleWorks to OpenOffice. And in the last three years, we’ve been using Apple’s Keynote software, which is bundled as part of its iWork package. And quite honestly, it puts PowerPoint to shame,” Blackfriars Communications’ Carl Howe writes for Seeking Alpha.
Howe writes, “Why do I say this? Because I did hundreds of presentations using PowerPoint as an analyst and always dreaded the experience of creating the slides. And Keynote removes that dread and makes us look better because it:”
• Renders slides for maximum impact
• Makes it easy to do common things
• Avoids needless clutter
• Helps presenters present well
Howe writes, “We’re not the first people to observe the Keynote effect. Les Posen at Cyberpsych has a terrific blog article titled, “Just what is it about Keynote that is changing the way people present?” where he cites a number of famous presenters who have been won over to Keynote because it allows them to be more creative. And of course, Al Gore did the visuals for his groundbreaking film, “An Inconvenient Truth” in Keynote. And Garr Reynolds at the site PresentationZen.com notes how the Zen esthetic embodied in Keynote allows Steve Jobs’ presentations to have much more power and impact than similar presentations by Bill Gates.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Want to know how to wow ’em? Easy, use Apple’s Keynote and not PowerPoint. Chances are that most of the room hasn’t seen a Keynote presentation and just by breaking out of the PowerPoint rut, you’ll perk up more than few pairs of tired eyes. More info about Apple’s Keynote application here.
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