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(Visual) Thoughts on Powerpoint
 

(Visual) Thoughts on Powerpoint

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

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

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    • 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).
      • 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 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
    • 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.
    • 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…
    • 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
    • Possible solutions
      • 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
    • Now go and have some fun with Powerpoint…