Still not the death of (really bad) Powerpoint
On Seth’s blog, an interesting link to Pecha Kucha (Seth’s post here). Really Bad Powerpoint, which almost sounds like a phrase that should be trademarked, continues to take over the world. What can be done?
Seth’s Really Bad Powerpoint is a great starting point. I wish it had been a full book! I was just looking back at my See it, hear it – not the death of powerpoint post today, and remembering 3 Things not to forget in a presentation. There is lots and lots of good Powerpoint advice out there, but presenters don’t seem to be reading. There are some good blogs around too, from Presentation Zen, through Power Presentations (I did Jerry’s course years ago and loved it) to Powerful Presentation Techniques, and I am sure there are others too.
In fact most presenters aren’t presenters at all. More and more workers have PowerPoint thrown on to their machines, and are then left to get on with it. No PowerPoint training, and even worse, no presentation training. Note that those are two different things. Organizations under-invest in both, and reap the rewards. When will people realize what a false economy this is?
While you think that over, I will have a think and post my top ten PowerPoint tips next – for those who want to try and improve their presenting! I know I do!
Like your point about there being lots of good advice but no-one reading it. I read loads of articles about slide design and try to apply these to my own presentations, but it’s amazing how many presenters are still using badly-designed slides with loads of text on them. I went to see Philip Kotler last week, and HE just read from some dull, text-filled slides for several hours!
That’s worrying, I wonder where Apple would be if Steve Job’s did that!