PowerPoint may have its place in a business pitch, but not necessarily in the open and close.
Whenever you use PowerPoint, the audiences’ eyes are staring at the screen. But, often in the open and close, you want the audience to look at you because you want to connect with them.
In the opening, you want to explain why what you are about to say is important to them. In the close, you want them to feel confident with you and agree to whatever you propose. An easy way to do this-once the PowerPoint is on the screen, press the letter B on your laptop and the screen goes black. Hit any key and the screen lights up again.