Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Your Skills: "Is PowerPoint the Rocket Fuel for a New MBA Grad's Career?"

Most of us have been at the receiving end of a bad PowerPoint presentation. Being held captive to a boring and belabored presentation that moves at a snail's pace would try the patience of a saint.  Are all PowerPoint presentations that way?  Is the boredom intrinsic to the product or the producer? Can you stand out by demonstrating your PowerPoint proficiency?  Bruce Gabrielle (Speaking PowerPoint: The New Language of Business) seems to think so.
Most business managers admit the bar is very low on PowerPoint, says Gabrielle. "But it's actually an opportunity! If your PowerPoint slides are clearer and more professional-looking than others', you can stand out even among peers with 5 or 10 years experience...Gabrielle suggests new grads adopt...five principles for developing PowerPoint slides, which even experienced managers fail to do.  More...

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