Friday, 8 June 2012

Delivering a better presentation / training course. No.7. Don’t use Powerpoint Viewer!

This is the seventh in a series of posts where I plan to discuss my ideas, tips and best practices for delivering a great presentation / training course. Don’t use Powerpoint Viewer!

Quick one today.

Don't use Powerpoint Viewer. It is deeply irritating for the delegates.

If all you are doing is presenting a couple of slides then fine.

However, if like me you show a slide or two then press the Esc key so that you can nip into Visual Studio 2010 or Expression Blend 4 to do a quick demo, you will then have to start the slide deck at the beginning and then flick quickly forward through the slides that they have already seen to get to where you left off.

If you do that several times per presentation, the delegates will get wound up (technical term). I sat in on a course once where this happened and I was tearing my hair out by the end of the first day.

Now you might be thinking that all you have to is press Alt and Tab instead to switch from the presentation into whatever tool you are demonstrating then back again but trust me, you are bound to press Esc out of habit.

Just stick to full fat Powerpoint and leave the viewer alone.


See you soon

Phil Stirpé
"I don't do average!"


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