PowerPointless Ken Ronkowitz
PowerPointless <ul><li>Where did PowerPoint come from? </li></ul><ul><li>Timing your presentation </li></ul><ul><li>The El...
 
Where did PowerPoint come from? <ul><li>1983 - Forethought, Inc - to develop object oriented bit-mapped application softwa...
PowerPointless <ul><li>What did PowerPoint replace? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>35mm slides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>graph...
Why we love it <ul><li>saves a lot of time in production </li></ul><ul><li>clarity  </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>over hand-dr...
Why we hate it <ul><li>Used to guide a presenter, rather than to enlighten the audience. </li></ul><ul><li>simplistic tabl...
Simplistic thinking
Iraq Mobile Production Facilities - Colin Powell's UN presentation slide showing alleged mobile production facility for bi...
Perhaps, Too Much Information?
Yale professor of statistics and graphic design Edward Tufte <ul><li>http://www.edwardtufte.com </li></ul><ul><li>“ Slidew...
PowerPointless <ul><li>Timing your presentation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>for rehearsal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>for the act...
If Not PowerPoint ...
The Elevator Pitch <ul><li>Pitch versus Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>brief overview of an idea for a product, service, o...
Practicing The Pitch <ul><li>Pitch your idea for a new course in your major that you would design and teach. </li></ul><ul...
<ul><li>Are you prepared for when the technology fails? </li></ul><ul><li>No technology - Handouts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>v...
 
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  1. 1. PowerPointless Ken Ronkowitz
  2. 2. PowerPointless <ul><li>Where did PowerPoint come from? </li></ul><ul><li>Timing your presentation </li></ul><ul><li>The Elevator Pitch </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative ways of storing, offering and archiving your presentation. </li></ul><ul><li>Are you prepared for when the technology fails? </li></ul>
  3. 4. Where did PowerPoint come from? <ul><li>1983 - Forethought, Inc - to develop object oriented bit-mapped application software. </li></ul><ul><li>1984 - Bob Gaskins & Dennis Austin develop Presenter ( later renamed PowerPoint) </li></ul><ul><li>Forethought acquired Nutshell , which became the enormously successful FileMaker </li></ul><ul><li>1987 - Forethought and PowerPoint were purchased by Microsoft Corporation for $14 million. </li></ul><ul><li>Being part of Microsoft Office has allowed PowerPoint to become the world's most widely used presentation program. </li></ul>
  4. 5. PowerPointless <ul><li>What did PowerPoint replace? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>35mm slides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>graphs, photographs, illustrations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>NOT text & bullets </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overhead projectors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What did this “new” technology allow you to do? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Does PowerPoint allow this? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poster illustrations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Handouts (unintentionally, intentionally) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. Why we love it <ul><li>saves a lot of time in production </li></ul><ul><li>clarity </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>over hand-drawn or mechanically typeset slides, blackboards or whiteboards, or overhead projections </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>encourages the use of visual aids </li></ul><ul><li>encourages revision/updating </li></ul><ul><li>keeps inexperienced speakers on track </li></ul><ul><li>offers animation & addition of multimedia </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;AutoContent Wizard&quot; suggests a structure for a presentation </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>initially a joke by the Microsoft engineers but later included as a serious feature </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Why we hate it <ul><li>Used to guide a presenter, rather than to enlighten the audience. </li></ul><ul><li>simplistic tables and charts (due to low resolution displays) </li></ul><ul><li>Outliner encourages unnecessarily deep hierarchy. </li></ul><ul><li>Linear progression (whereas handouts can be global) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EX – cramming handouts into the presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>poor typography & layout from presenters who are poor designers and who use templates and default settings </li></ul><ul><li>Simplistic thinking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a kind of objectivity and neutrality that people associate with science, technology, and &quot;bullet points&quot; </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Simplistic thinking
  8. 9. Iraq Mobile Production Facilities - Colin Powell's UN presentation slide showing alleged mobile production facility for biological weapons. Source: http://www.state.gov/cms_images/Slide21_600.jpg
  9. 10. Perhaps, Too Much Information?
  10. 11. Yale professor of statistics and graphic design Edward Tufte <ul><li>http://www.edwardtufte.com </li></ul><ul><li>“ Slideware often reduces the analytical quality of presentations. In particular, the popular PowerPoint templates (ready-made designs) usually weaken verbal and spatial reasoning, and almost always corrupt statistical analysis.” </li></ul>
  11. 12. PowerPointless <ul><li>Timing your presentation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>for rehearsal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>for the actual presentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>for archived versions </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. If Not PowerPoint ...
  13. 14. The Elevator Pitch <ul><li>Pitch versus Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>brief overview of an idea for a product, service, or project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>so called because it can be delivered in the time span of an elevator ride ( 30 seconds or 100-150 words) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Used in management programs to teach the concise presentation of complex concepts. </li></ul><ul><li>Typically used in the context of an entrepreneur pitching an idea to a venture capitalist to receive funding. </li></ul>
  14. 15. Practicing The Pitch <ul><li>Pitch your idea for a new course in your major that you would design and teach. </li></ul><ul><li>Pitch your idea for a way to save money on the way your department/team is trained on new products from the home office. </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>Are you prepared for when the technology fails? </li></ul><ul><li>No technology - Handouts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>visuals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PowerPoint slides </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other technologies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>older? – transparencies, posters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>online presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>flashdrives, web storage, websites , Flash, Slideshare ... </li></ul></ul></ul>

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