Using PowerPoint for good instead of evil

November 2, 2007

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the pitfalls of using PowerPoint for presentations including some excellent comments by Donna Papacosta in her podcast and blog.

I too have been guilty in the past of PowerPoint sins including the use of too many bullet points, print that’s too small, using animation for no apparent purpose and relying on slides as a crutch to help me remember the contents of my presentation.

For those stuck on outdated and ineffective techniques, it helps to see a few excellent presentations using PowerPoint in a supporting role, rather than the starring one it has become. Take a look at this presentation on “Identity 2.0” by Dick Hardt. It will change the way you look at slide use forever. The content of the presentation is thought provoking as well.

There’s no question that in our visually overstimulated world, slides can help grab an audience, making it easier to convey your message. Just remember that you are the presenter, not your PowerPoint slides.


2 Responses to “Using PowerPoint for good instead of evil”

  1. Lynda Gilchuk Says:

    Thanks for the interesting article and the link to Dick. His power point presentation is unique. It mentions Lawrence Lessig so I’ll be checking out his powerpoint style too. I think the biggest mistake with power point presentations is that they have helped to eliminate the “storytelling” aspect that is needed to involve the listener something to remember. People talk in bullets! Where’s the passion for the organization? Where’s the passion for the cause? the importance of storytelling is being recognized more and Dick proved that a story can still be told if powerpoint emphasizes
    the right words and/or phrases. His story became more powerful.

  2. Thanks for the mention and the link to identity 2.0. Would you believe that another person told me about that presentation on the same day that you blogged about it??!?

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