If you have been in business a PowerPoint is not just the likely tool of choice to communicate material in group setting, but apparently the unwritten never broken rule.
I mean it, when was the last time you sat in a room to listen to someone tell you something and PowerPoint was not used – heck even most Ted talks use it. The feeling I get is that if you pulled out a flipchart or just showed pictures of what you were talking about without one slide (at-least an intro one) the world might come to an end.
So, this got me thinking. If something is being used so broadly it should be a good thing, right. You know like unleaded fuel or pasteurized milk. So is PowerPoint (or whatever you use) good,
I am not the only one who thinks so –
First, start with a story. You know like when you were little. Tell it with a story.
Then, one thought per slide should equal – you know like – one word, a picture instead would be nice.
Think more like Eve from Wall-e in communicating versus Tolstoy – I am talking to you IBM.
Ask yourself this – if the bulb burns out on the projector, your laptop catches on fire, your backup USB drive becomes forgetful and your paper copy backup, backup, backups all become stuck together.
Could you delivery your
- persuasive proposal
- arousing argument
- decision making points
If not, POWERPOINT WILL NOT HELP – AT ALL!
One of the most memorable training presentations I have attended was on the dangers of straining your back. The presenter used nothing more than a onion and some grape jelly with a couple of drawings on a whiteboard.To simulate a disk in your back, slowly slicing one ring at a time to demostrate what happens each time you strain your back by lifting/twisting improperly. That was 22 years ago.
Now the can be done well, as this presentation about evil PowerPoint by John Goalby.
and these tips by Geoffrey James. He has tell a story as #3, I would disagree, make it #1.
So, please, pleasssssseeee be kind to your audience and make your presentations, if not memorable, at least information that can be remembered.