Ditch Powerpoint and use the tools you love in Flash and Actionscript for ultimate control of your presentation.
Let's face it, the very words 'PowerPoint presentation' conjure up images of grey-suited execs throwing together an unsightly mess involving headlines set in Comic Sans and graphics care of a clip-art CD containing images that looked out of date in the early 80s. Stir in a couple of charts, graphs and bullet points and you have something that gives nightmares to anyone who cares about graphic design.
Flash is more than capable of producing standalone content that looks amazing projected on to a big screen. And don't worry about ActionScript, because you only need a couple of simple lines of code, and the application itself does most of the hard work. Because the presentation is designed to be played directly from a computer, you're free from the bandwidth-saving code optimisation and image compression that can soak up valuable time when producing Flash movies for the web.
The scalable vector graphics, custom animation and anti-aliased text will blow the PowerPoint equivalent out of the water. But other factors can help, too. Without relying on supplied templates, your imagination can run free. You should, however, remember a couple of key points. First, create a separate script to speak from: the words in your presentation should reinforce your message, not duplicate it. Second, don't overdo it with an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza. Create a good design, use a judicious amount of animation and your presentation is guaranteed to go down a storm.