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August 13, 2009



Another great tip, Lynn! I look forward to reading Christopher Witt's book.


Extra light is helpful. I remember reading about the white-screen option but never thought about its effects on a room's lighting.

I just wonder whether it will be coming from the wrong direction for me. If a bright light comes from behind me, would it actually make it harder for the audience to see my face, which isn't lighted? It depends on where I'm standing, I guess.

One of my favorite PowerPoint "secrets" gives me a quick way to draw attention visually to an item on the slide. In Windows XP (not sure if newer Windows versions work the same), I go to the Control Panel and click "Mouse," then "Pointer Options," then "Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key."

Lynn David Newton

For another point of view, if you are not yet aware of this resource, see the article "The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint: Pitching Out Corrupts Within" by Edward R. Tufte. This can be obtained from Dr. Tufte's Web site at


Hi, Alfredo. Thanks for the tip. I tried it with Vista, and it works after following the steps you described.


Hi, Lynn. Thanks for mentioning Tufte's compelling piece. I believe he shares important truths about communicating information in it.

At the same time, as a visual learner, I appreciate slides used well in support of a presenter's message.

Chris Witt


Thank you for your kind words about my book.

The chapter on using PowerPoint if you have to isn't so much a retraction of anything I wrote (or believe) as it is a concession to reality.

Using PowerPoint has, unfortunately, become synonymous with giving a speech or presentation. And urging people (especially leaders) to avoid using it makes me feel like I'm tilting at windmills.

I've developed a hierarchy of advice to my clients, depending on their situations and receptivity. 1) Don't use it at all. 2) Use it as infrequently as possible. 3) When you do use it, use as few slides as necessary.

I, myself, never use PowerPoint.


Chris, thank you for commenting and including a link to your blog. I look forward to reading more of your expert advice.

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Powerpoint is good tool for presentation but there are other out that's better.

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