PowerPoint is for more than the boardroom
May 29, 2021

PowerPoint is for more than the boardroom

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review

Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Powerpoint

Powerpoint, when used well can be one of the best tools for presenting in person and online. I have been using Powerpoint since Office 97, and have found the continual gradual growth of features to be on of the key reasons why I have chosen this over competing products, such as Keynote.

PowerPoint is useful for more than just boardroom presentations - one of the most popular uses for it now is to create online presentations screencast via YouTube to provide product demonstration or documentation videos at low cost with a vey reasonable quality.
  • Powerpoint is excellent for structuring your ideas as you before you present them
  • Powerpoint should be used as s skeleton for your presentation for maximum effectiveness, rather than just "reading off the slides"
  • Powerpoint on a high DPI system with screencasting software and microphone allows you to record a high resolution product demonstration video quickly.
  • Powerpoint could be better if it included screen casting and recording software built-in
  • Powerpoint would be better if it provided training to its users on how to present better
  • Powerpoint still lags behind other offerings, such as Keynote, in terms of template choice and style
  • Presenter View
  • Print Outs
  • Templates
  • Storyboarding
  • Positively affected ROI by enabling us to quickly create online presentations documenting new products.
  • Positively affected ROI by helping us to keep records of presentations given.
  • Negatively affected ROI by being bundled with Microsoft Office, when really only some users require it.

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Powerpoint is not your presentation! Too many Powerpoint presentations are tedious due to presenters stuffing a slide full of facts or points, then proceeding to read them one by one.

Instead, your slide deck should contain the skeleton of your presentation, with you the presenter filling in the details or facts as the audience keeps interest or responds. Presenter View can help with this.

I believe Powerpoint has gotten a bad rap over the years not because of the quality of the product, but the abuse of it by presenters who do not know how to use it properly.