(Visual) Thoughts on Powerpoint

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Published on June 12, 2008

Author: laumerritt

Source: slideshare.net

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My thoughts on the VizThink question: "PowerPoint: A powerful tool poorly used or a poor tool overused?"

Powerpoint – powerful tool poorly used or poor tool overly used? Some (visual) thoughts

Remember the good old days?

Remember the good old days?

Remember the good old days?

Remember the good old days?

Powerpoint is a powerful tool because, unlike other presentation devices… It is cost and time effective Requires little to none specific training to use it Possiblites to use different media Ideal for presenting data visually with ready-made solutions for graphically-challenged users (graphs, clipart, images, etc.) Endless possibilities to share/document your presentation (email, web, printed handouts).

It is cost and time effective

Requires little to none specific training to use it

Possiblites to use different media

Ideal for presenting data visually with ready-made solutions for graphically-challenged users (graphs, clipart, images, etc.)

Endless possibilities to share/document your presentation (email, web, printed handouts).

However, as any good tool, Powerpoint can be misused.

However, as any good tool, Powerpoint can be misused.

Use and abuse of powerpoint presentations Powerpoint has become such a standard that virtually no speaker nowadays can imagine to give a presentation without a Powerpoint. On the other hand, audiences can’t attend a lecture, presentation, speech without dreading another bad Powerpoint presentation.

Powerpoint has become such a standard that virtually no speaker nowadays can imagine to give a presentation without a Powerpoint.

On the other hand, audiences can’t attend a lecture, presentation, speech without dreading another bad Powerpoint presentation.

Powerpoint has become a two-edged sword Powerpoint’s ease of use has the potential for use and abuse of: Meaningless, irrelevant clip-art Distracting effects Bulletpoints and text in general

Powerpoint’s ease of use has the potential for use and abuse of:

Meaningless, irrelevant clip-art

Distracting effects

Bulletpoints and text in general

Use and abuse of clip-art Clip art made it possible for graphically-changelled people to use visuals to better explain their message. The problem comes when the clip art you’re using doesn’t help you convey the message you want.

Clip art made it possible for graphically-changelled people to use visuals to better explain their message.

The problem comes when the clip art you’re using doesn’t help you convey the message you want.

Use and abuse of bulletpoints (and text in general) Some people have problems summarizing their ideas in a few key words Some people just want to use Powerpoint as a teleprompter…

Some people have problems summarizing their ideas in a few key words

Some people just want to use Powerpoint as a teleprompter…

Which brings us to the real problem of Powerpoint presentations… The actual presentation

Powerpoint presentations can’t or shouldn’t Substitute the input of the speaker Be used as a shield or security blanket Be a collection of material designed for other media Distract the audience from the real message of the presentation

Substitute the input of the speaker

Be used as a shield or security blanket

Be a collection of material designed for other media

Distract the audience from the real message of the presentation

Possible solutions Work on the content of the presentation Work on presentation skills

Work on the content of the presentation

Work on presentation skills

Possible solutions Think of ways of illustrating the message instead of decorating slides Keep it simple

Think of ways of illustrating the message instead of decorating slides

Keep it simple

Now go and have some fun with Powerpoint…

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