Use this simple trick at your next presentation to make your audience instantly pay attention

by | May 2, 2013 | Focus

The Takeaway: Press ‘B’ to black-wash your screen during a presentation, or ‘W’ to white-wash your screen. Works on PC or Mac, PowerPoint or Keynote.

Most presentations are boring, and as a part of my business degree I’ve listened to countless presenters drone on while a boring screen filled with boring words sits behind behind them.


Luckily there’s a quick trick that will change that. Whether you’re using PowerPoint or Keynote, on a PC or a Mac, if you hit ‘B’ PowerPoint will black-wash the screen (turn it black), and if you hit ‘W’ it will white-wash the screen. You just press the key again to flip it back to normal.


A great, quick and dirty tip to get your audience to instantly pay attention to you.

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Written by Chris Bailey

Chris Bailey has written hundreds of articles on the subject of productivity and is the author of three books: How to Calm Your Mind, Hyperfocus, and The Productivity Project. His books have been published in more than 40 languages. Chris writes about productivity on this site and speaks to organizations around the globe on how they can become more productive without hating the process.

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