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Don't Blame PowerPoint! It's just a vehicle

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  • andrewkeogh Andrew Keogh, Consultant at Aristo Connect2Grow Hi Ed, I could not agree more with your ideas, we must talk more soon......... 7 months ago
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  • frgagnon Francis Gagnon I have expanded in a blog post on my comment below and made a few suggestions about what Microsoft could do to improve PowerPoint in ways that support good presentation design.
    http://infodez.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/its-not-you-its-powerpoint/
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  • ALFC17 Armando Franco at Auval @frgagnon If PowerPoint is the Reliant Robin, which program would be the Volvo of presentation software? Ironically, the Wikipedia article cited states: 'Despite the car's reputation for being unstable, a 2011 survey reported that Reliant Robin owners were statistically Britain's safest drivers.' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2002761/Reliant-Robin-drivers-safest-road.html :-) 1 year ago
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  • eriatlov 'Voltaire Gonzales', Dean at Victory Global Academy at last i saw this one..great!amazingly real 1 year ago
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  • frgagnon Francis Gagnon Given your knowledge of design, I'm surprised that you missed the basic reason why PowerPoint is largely responsible for bad presentations: it is designed for this outcome.

    Would you say that the design of a three-wheel Reliant Robin is not responsible for an accident? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reliant_Robin That it's entirely the careless driver's fault? Then why would the most of the same maneuvers in a new Volvo not lead to an accident?

    Design is how it works. Good design means that, under normal use, a tool should do no harm. This cannot be said of PowerPoint. The only way to make a good presentation with it is to fight it, resist its nudges and have specialized presentation knowledge. It shouldn't have to be that way.

    Blaming the users misses the real potential for having a huge impact on millions of users by tweaking a single leverage point: recognizing the problem and improving PowerPoint.
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  • cazazz Carolyn King, Communication consultant & designer at Credos Associates Great prezzo, thanks. Slides are meant to support the speaker, but some presenters see them as a place to dump all the content for the presentation. So to use your vehicle analogy, the slides are the vehicle that helps you along the journey from mental point A to B; they are not the destination in themselves. Unfortunately Powerpoint is a vehicle with rather garish upholstery and too many knobs to twiddle - dangerous in the hands of many drivers! 1 year ago
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  • brycechristiansen Bryce Christiansen, Marketing at Balanced WorkLife Company Excellent points. I especially liked your point that you can't blame outlook or gmail for crappy emails. Good work here. 2 years ago
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  • hwasinjohn hwasinjohn fantastic,cool 2 years ago
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  • ingjmsalas ingjmsalas A very smart way to analyse the responsability problem of bored presentations 2 years ago
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  • Clearpresentation Clear Presentation Design - Ed Fidgeon-Kavanagh at Clear Presentation Design - Ed Fidgeon-Kavanagh @brainslides In my opinion it is a blank canvas and to use a standard template in any software is a catastrophic decision. I could have made the presentation, or any presentation I make, in powerpoint, prezi, keynote, ms paint... I'll stick by my guns and say that the specific software is the least important factor when it comes to presentations. 2 years ago
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