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August 6, 2009
Does A PowerPoint Presentation Have to Be Boring?
One of the most annoying things about most PowerPoint presentations is that they present text that acts as an outline of the presentation. It is a useful feature for PowerPoint at its most basic, but annoying nonetheless because few presenters go beyond that capability. Most tutorials for the application lay out more advanced features but never tell when it is a good idea to use them. PowerPoint does support graphics, audio, video, and automation that can spruce up the garden variety presentation. Saying that, however, isn't saying much that isn't already in one of those tutorials.
Microsoft has posted one help feature on its web site that breaks out of that mentality. The page is called "Beyond Bullet Points I: Telling a story with your presentation
." It is well worth a look to examine how
to use PowerPoint rather than simply using a feature. There are links to two other associated tutorials,"Using Storyboards to plan your presentation," and "Delivering your presentation." Part of this is an extension of Cliff Atkinson's book, Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft PowerPoint to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire
. Some of the information in these articles may make your next PowerPoint presentation have more impact. [MG]
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No, but PowerPoint does tend to uncover the boring nature of the person who uses it. I don't mean to say that people who give boring PP presentations are thoroughly boring, but rather that PP incentivizes the boring tendencies in all public speakers.
You can make great PP presentations despite this even improving the effectiveness of your presentations, but you have to set up habits that work against those incentives.
I think most especially PP brings out the coward in us. We are tempted to use it as a distraction away from our insecurities. And we use it as an external authority to bolster our self-doubt. PP is best when we deliberately use it to refocus the attention of our audience on the presentation itself and when it emboldens our communication.
Posted by: David | Aug 7, 2009 10:27:47 AM
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