PowerPoint

by mike on June 22, 2010

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I need to take a brief moment to share this little idiosyncrasy of mine — I can’t stand when people read every word on their PowerPoint slides.

It’s ridiculous — people take time out of their lives to sit down at a presentation, only to have bedtime stories read to them.  That’s about as much impact as you can get when you read every word on your slide.

Of course, on the other end of the spectrum are those presenters who have PowerPoints that are largely meaningless.  Up pops the slide and all you see are a collection of boxes, words, arrows and blobs, with no idea of how those things are tied together.  To make it worse, the presenter’s talk is just as disconnected and the resulting noise is about as useful as listening to a jackhammer.

Can it really be so difficult to run through a presentation a few times before standing up in front of a room full of people?  People who are taking time out of their lives to listen, maybe even eagerly, to what you have to say?

Am I alone in this?

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Teresa June 22, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Testing testing… LOL. Let’s see if I can remember what I was going to say or something close to it…

I sooo agree with you on the PP thing. I sometimes want to stand up and say – I learned to read when I was 6 tell me something I DON’T see on the slide!

I think we need to unite and have anti PP meetings. I know a guy who refuses to use it at all. I love listening to him speak.

mike June 22, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Thanks for the comment Teresa — I’m one of those guys who refuses to use PowerPoint. Give me a whiteboard or chalkboard.

And another thing… calling a meeting without an agenda! Hooo boy, don’t get me started.

Whoops. I’ve been started. Standing down…

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