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Be Less Boring: The 4 Best Alternatives to PowerPoint

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Microsoft's PowerPoint is a part of every fed’s daily life. A tool that, with side effects akin to visual NyQuil, turns even the most high-energy group into a room full of yawning Prince Valiums (Spaceballs, anyone?). Nobody likes it. Everybody uses it. Even fewer have mastered its complex user interface. Is there another way? Yes!

Last August, Bloomberg Businessweek’s Bob Parks called for PowerPoint’s head. The time had come, he argued, for the tyranny and global domination of PowerPoint to come to an end. With 95 percent of the presentation software market cornered, the bullet-pointed scourge of office workers everywhere is installed on some 1 billion computers worldwide. In an article aptly titled “Death to PowerPoint!” Parks called for a new crop of PowerPoint “refuseniks” to rise up:

As with anything so ubiquitous and relied upon, PowerPoint has bred its share of contempt. Plug the name into Twitter and you’ll see workers bashing the soporific software in Korean, Arabic, Spanish, and English as each region starts its business day. Part of this venting may stem from a lack of credible competition.

Below, we present four credible tools for giving better presentations--using one of the very tools in question to demonstrate. Click through the Prezi below to learn about four alternatives to PowerPoint you should be trying in your office: 

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Mark Micheli is Special Projects Editor for Government Executive Media Group. He's the editor of Excellence in Government Online and contributes to GovExec, NextGov and Defense One. Previously, he worked on national security and emergency management issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. He's a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and studied at Drake University.

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