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Methods & Approaches

Linear Presentations:
PowerPoint, Google Slides, and Keynote

Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT), Google Slides, and Apple Keynote share common features, but have evolved differently. Growing out of business slide presentations, “powerpoints” has become a generic name for heavily bullet-pointed text and clipart, but PPT software is capable of producing engaging presentations. Google Slides is based heavily on the PowerPoint model.

Keynote also uses a frame-by-frame interface but foregrounds cinematic effects such as zooms, pans, and animated text both within a frame and between frames. While Steve Jobs was famous for his ‘keynotes,” Keynote software can also make “boring powerpoints,” and PPT now offers its own cinematic features. Keynote and PPT presentations can be exported into a variety of formats.


PowerPoint, Google Slides, Keynote 


  • Storyboarding or outlining the message that needs to be conveyed can be a helpful organizational tool, and make weak points more visible
  • Presentation slides should NOT contain everything that is to be said. The audience can read faster than the presenter can talk, so if you, as the presenter, are just reading your slides boredom will quickly grip the audience. Not only that you will lose an opportunity to enrich your presentation.
  • Consider including graphics that support and add strength to your message.
  • Keep to one main point per slide whenever possible
  • Use colors that are pleasing, and not jarring (unless you want to evoke that emotion in your audience)