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Editor's Corner
Excerpted from the October 2006 Newsletter

Rationing PowerPoint

The success of your relationship with PowerPoint is like any other relationship: Is it based on honesty?

Honestly, will these slides really help you make your point and give you authority? Will they honestly make it more likely you'll get the outcome you want? Are you honestly using them as reinforcement/enlightenment, or are they merely a handy crutch?

No matter how important the presentation, or how important the people in the audience, if you can't easily (and honestly) answer "yes" to those questions, consider that you may be doing yourself and your cause more harm by automatically relying on PowerPoint.

When you do choose to use PowerPoint or any other visual support, remember two key questions that will help you make your slides more interesting and help you speak with more freedom and conviction: Would I want to look at this slide? And, what is the point of this slide?

The answers will increase your chances of having a successful relationship with PowerPoint.

First Person

Steve Falk, President of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce:

"After all these years, your course sticks with me. After a lunch speech I gave yesterday to a large Rotary group, someone told me afterward that I must have spent hours in Dale Carnegie courses with my comfortable approach, eye contact, and audience connection."

"I told him my teacher could have taught Carnegie a thing or two."

Thanks for the kind words, Steve.

Where can you find pictures?

"I like the idea of making my slides more visual; where can you find clip art or pictures that aren't just like the ones everyone has all ready seen?"

Some speeches/presentations lend themselves to original pictures, that is, pictures of your staff members, or your construction project.

For easy, free clip art and pictures, you can go to

For some guidance on common errors with images in presentations, here's an interesting article:

For guidance on using digital images in slide presentations:

And here are a couple of sites for pictures, one free, the others at a cost:


Quotes to Make You a Better Speaker

“People are crying up the rich and variegated plumage of the peacock, and he is himself blushing at the sight of his ugly feet.” —Sa'Di

“It’s hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.” —Sally Kempton

“Other people's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.” —Les Brown

“If you doubt yourself, then indeed you stand on shaky ground.” —Henrik Ibsen

“Always hold your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.” —Max L. Forman

“The things we hate about ourselves aren't more real than things we like about ourselves.” —Ellen Goodman

“Just as much as we see in others we have in ourselves.” —William Hazlitt

For more great quotes, check out these websites:


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