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Many people ask me if they should use PowerPoint when presenting. People have mixed feelings about PowerPoint mainly because it is so often used ineffectively.

Too often, presenters put virtually their entire presentation text on their slides. In general, this is not a good idea. Your PowerPoint is just a visual “aid,” it is not the presentation itself.

As such, your slides should enhance and emphasize your point, not attempt to replace the presentation.

Also, keep in mind that your slides are for your listeners, not for you as the speaker. You should not count on your slides to help you stay on track. Instead, prepare your own separate set of speaking notes so you don’t have to constantly look back at the screen.

See the video for more tips about a basic PowerPoint slide should look like.