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

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  • Hi Ed, I could not agree more with your ideas, we must talk more soon.........
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  • 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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  • @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 :-)
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  • at last i saw this one..great!amazingly real
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  • 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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  1. Don’t BlamePowerPointIt’s just a vehicle
  2. Don’t BlamePowerPointIt’s just a vehicle…That is often driven poorly
  3. In a car crash it is nearlyalways the driver who isto blame
  4. NOT the vehicle itself
  5. But when it comes tobad presentationspeople are quick toblame PowerPoint
  6. Some misguided peopleeven start politicalpartiesagainst it
  7. This is stupid.
  8. This is stupid.Really Stupid.
  9. A PowerPoint deck is notthe presentation
  10. A PowerPoint deck is notthe presentationPowerPoint is a vehiclefor your visual aids
  11. Your presentation is yourmessage and yourinformation.It takes hours of carefulcraft and consideration
  12. Your PowerPoint is yourvehicle to communicatewell thought out andcomplementary visualaids.
  13. PowerPoint isn’t “evil”
  14. PowerPoint isn’t “evil”It’s neutral
  15. We don’t think of othercontent vehicles in thesame way…
  16. For Example…
  17. Outlook & Gmail arenot to blame forcrappy emails
  18. It’s your annoying Boss and his inability to be concise I write a damn fine email :-)
  19. It wasn’t the physicalvinyl records that madethe Beatles awesome
  20. It was their music, creativity & the hard work that went with it
  21. George Orwell wasn’tfamous because he choseto write on paper…
  22. It was his stories, writing style & insights
  23. It isn’t your phone’s faultthat your conversationsucks
  24. It’s just that your friend is a really boring guy!
  25. Blaming the vehicle/medium in any of thesecases would be
  26. Absurd
  27. It is the content & howit is delivered that isimportant
  28. NOT the vehicle usedto do it
  29. As a presenter you need tobring your audience from
  30. As a presenter you need tobring your audience from Mental Point A
  31. As a presenter you need tobring your audience from Mental Point A To Mental Point B
  32. You should use whatevervehicle works for you
  33. The audience don’t see…
  34. The audience don’t see…
  35. The audience don’t see…
  36. The audience don’t see…
  37. They see a screen…
  38. Tell a good story andmake effective, thoughtfulvisuals and they won’tknow or care whatsoftware you used
  39. Concentrating on thevehicle, rather than theroute cango badly…
  40. What’s more…
  41. It’s a freakingLAZY excuse
  42. The worst thing aboutthe PowerPoint blamegame is that it distractsfrom the real issue
  43. Laziness
  44. By blaming thepresentation softwarewe take focus off thereal problem
  45. Lazy Users
  46. We absolveusers of any realresponsibility
  47. We absolveusers of any realresponsibility Are you calling me LAZY!
  48. Hell YEH!We absolveusers of any realresponsibility Are you calling me LAZY!
  49. The reality is that makingbad presentations is auser-choice
  50. Makingbulletpoint filledslides is a choice
  51. This…
  52. Was a choice
  53. This was a choice
  54. Yep…
  55. A choice
  56. You can use PowerPointas an autocue, butagain thatis a choice
  57. You can choose toignore great books like
  58. Poor usage of thevehicle is a choice.
  59. Like with a car, you canchoose to driverecklessly
  60. You can choose to driveto the wrong place
  61. And you can choose toignore the maps…
  62. But that isn’t thecar’s fault
  63. So…
  64. Let’s focus on what reallymatters
  65. Let’s focus on what reallymatters the Presentation
  66. And send the vehicleblame game to thescrapheap
  67. If you agreethen whynot spreadthe word
  68. Check out my site @ www.clearpreso.comOr click here to send me a tweet! @clearpreso

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