The Washington Times - January 13, 2009, 06:12PM

Years ago The New Yorker — yes, The New Yorker — did a piece about Microsoft PowerPoint in which is reported Microsoft’s estimate that there are (were) 30 million PowerPoint presentations daily somewhere in the world. About 10 million of those seem to take place in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

Lord knows, with the advent of a new Administration next week — and the arrival of all sorts of “plum job” holders — millions of your friends and neighbors will soon be even more bleary-eyed. 

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Thus, I’m rather pleased with a blog entry from Canadian speaker and trainer Andrew Dlugan. He suggests eight ways Microsoft can make PowerPoint better. You can read the whole piece here, but I was intrigued by several of his suggestions: kill transition effects, he says, they’re overused to distraction; and make it easier to insert good clip art.

Mr. Dlugan makes sense. His comments are worth reading. IMO — especially before your next presentation.