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Death By Powerpoint

May 10, 2010

I cannot give an accurate count of how many Powerpoint presentations I have given and viewed.  They tend to all blend together after awhile.  It seems that we cannot communicate to groups without them.  I am not criticizing the tool, it is simply a tool.  A rather effective tool when used properly.  No, I am criticizing the content.

Information does not become “magically” more interesting or digestible when we put it in Powerpoint.  It is not a “cure-all” for poorly presented or disorganized content.  Bullet points are not a substitute for actual content.

I am currently working on two presentations.  Different subjects, different audiences.  I have been researching how to do better presentations.  Not just improve the “Wow” factor, but present information in a way that improves how people retain and use the information.  I have listed some of the sources below.  I will keep you posted on my findings and I would appreciate your feedback on the subject.

Here are some questions to get you thinking about the subject:

  • What was the best presentation you have ever seen?  What made it great?
  • What was the worst  presentation that you have ever seen?  What made it bad?
  • What is your learning style? Visual, auditory, kinesthetic, other?
  • What is the best learning environment for you?

Thanks in advance for your feedback.


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