"Death by PowerPoint" has become a well known phrase synonymous with boring presentations from dull presenters just reading out dot points off their slides. But increasingly PowerPoint is being used effectively for document production - agendas, briefing notes, reports etc.

The attached HBR article explores some of the reasons why PowerPoint is far more powerful and flexible than word-processing software such as Word. However, one aspect the article doesn't talk about is that readers these days don't want to read wordy memos or reports. Being able to easily engage the reader visually is to my mind the biggest reason that we barely use Word in our business with most internal and external documents prepared in PowerPoint these days...