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PowerPoint is a brilliant visual aid, but only when it is used correctly.

Traditional use of PowerPoint stifles discussion and critical thinking, and dulls focus. It's boring. Slide after slide switches audiences off, steadily reducing their ability to take in information. You are wasting your time - and theirs.

At first this might sound trivial - you push the B button on the keyboard (or the black screen button on the remote) and the screen goes to black. you push it again and it returns to the picture you had.

It's not trivial. This tip has a lot to do with your presentation credibility.

About Michael Brown

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Michael is a senior trainer with Skillset, based in Christchurch.

He is a leading authority on training in presentation and news media skills in New Zealand. He has special expertise in how to present emotionally charged topics to challenging audiences. Michael has trained thousands of New Zealanders and worked with people who speak on behalf of some of the country's largest organisations.

Michael is a prolific author and his books on speaking and working with the media are in their fourth editions.

Speaking Easy: how to speak to your audiences with confidence and authority

Media Easy: how to handle the news media with confidence and authority

One of Michael's books is about his family's adventures sailing in the Pacific.

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