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@Rebecca - now that I use Keynote for Mac, I have an ever harder time forcing myself to work on PowerPoint. Alas in corporate America it has become a crutch. You don't count unless you have a thick PowerPoint to show.

@Karen - the only valuable piece of a PowerPoint is off the screen and in the room. When something stirs a discussion, people actually get something done. Whenever people don't get something the easiest path is to get up and draw something on the white board. It gets everyone on the same page faster than any PowerPoint they have to sit through. And it gets the blood flowing.

Hi Valeria

I agree that PowerPoint is sterile. The only thing that keeps me awake during most corporate presentations are the cool effects built into the software.

Dan is onto something. Brainstorming business strategy with napkins is a cool idea as it forces you to think out of your comfort zone. You could even use different colours to celebrate each department.

Using Pictionary at work in a brand brainstorming session would help unravel the corporate story in a very innovative way. If people "see" your idea, chances are they'll believe it!

I'm such a right-brained AND left-brained person that this post both appeals and makes inherent sense to me. Love it!

And as far as powerpoints go, I include minimal words, and big pictures that cover the whole slide. People need that visual stimulation.

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