Keynote vs. PowerPoint


Almost as dangerous as PowerPoint

At New Tricks Training we have a saying… “PowerPoint is a powerful tool, but so’s a Smith & Wesson. In the wrong hands both can kill.”

Of course, it comes down to obeying some golden rules of PowerPoint:

  • Use no more than 20 words a slide over no more than six bullet points
  • Use high-resolution pictures to tell a story
  • Never use clip art (all the images have already been seen before)
  • Don’t apply in-house brand guidelines unless designed specifically for projection
  • Don’t put copy right messages on slides you intend to show to an audience – it just distracts
  • Choose your background carefully
  • Don’t use distracting animations.

Here’s an article from the BBC. But there again the tool you use to make your point powerfully can make a huge difference. Where we can we use Apple’s presentation software, Keynote.  Whether you use PowerPoint or Keynote (or even Prezi – more of that another time) we’re only too willing to help folk design a better presentation. Here’s a short demonstration of Keynote’s versatility.


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6 Responses to “Keynote vs. PowerPoint”

  1. Sue Cohen Says:

    Love it (even with the sexist “stuff”)

  2. David Clare Says:

    The keynote is amazing! I really didn’t know you could do all that with it. I know what I am doing for the rest of the day now!

    • Ken Norman Says:

      Truth be known you can do an awful lot with PowerPoint too – I just don’t think its as user-friendly as Keynote! I’ve been using PowerPoint for years but felt that I was achieving a more “advanced” feel with Keynote after a very short while.

    • Ken Norman Says:

      Hi David
      How the devil did you get on with Keynote?
      Have you managed any animations yet??

  3. Old Dog Blog’s 2010 Review « New Tricks Training’s Old Dog Blog Says:

    […] Keynote vs. PowerPoint February 2010 4 comments […]

  4. To Prezi or not to Prezi « New Tricks Training’s Old Dog Blog Says:

    […] of the ubiquitous video projector to blast screens full of words at long-suffering audiences. Using PowerPoint or Keynote is certainly slicker than the dear old overhead or indeed 35mm slide projectors but the ‘wow […]

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