Death by PowerPoint


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Here's an older presentation I did on basic presentation design and skills. It could use a little updating and the script for the full impact.

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  • PowerPoint 1.0 went on sale in April, 1987-available only for the Macintosh, and only in black-and-white
  • PowerPoint had been created, in part, as a response to the new corporate world of interdepartmental communication. Those involved with the program now experienced the phenomenon at first hand. In 1990, the first PowerPoint for Windows was launched, alongside Windows 3.0. And PowerPoint quickly became what Gaskins calls "a cog in the great machine." The PowerPoint programmers were forced to make unwelcome changes, partly because in 1990 Word, Excel, and PowerPoint began to be integrated into Microsoft Office-a strategy that would eventually make PowerPoint invincible-and partly in response to market research. AutoContent was added in the mid-nineties, when Microsoft learned that some would-be presenters were uncomfortable with a blank PowerPoint page-it was hard to get started. "We said, 'What we need is some automatic content!'" a former Microsoft developer recalls, laughing. "'Punch the button and you'll have a presentation.'" The idea, he thought, was "crazy." And the name was meant as a joke. But Microsoft took the idea and kept the name-a rare example of a product named in outright mockery of its target customers.
  • Death by PowerPoint

    1. 1. A PowerPoint presentation by: Kevin Potis, Designer and Principal of BGS
    2. 2. Before there were presentations, there were conversations, which were a little like presentations but used fewer bullet points and no one had to dim the lights. ~ Ian Parker, Absolute PowerPoint
    3. 3. In 1990 the first PowerPoint for Windows was launched
    4. 4. 300 Million * PowerPoint users worldwide * I’m pretty confident this number is on the low side.
    5. 5. 30 Million * presentations are produced daily * I’m pretty confident this number is on the low side.
    6. 6. Do you need slides?
    7. 7. u
    8. 8. What are the rules?
    9. 9. Rule of thumb, rules* *A means of estimation made according to a rough and ready practical rule, not based on science or exact measurement.
    10. 10. Rule of thumb no. 1: You are not the audience. It’s bigger than you and me. It’s ALL about me. ~ Stephen Colbert
    11. 11. Rule of thumb no. 2: But you are the star!
    12. 12. Rule of thumb no. 3: Keep it simple. One thought per slide.
    13. 13. Rule of thumb no. 4: 3-second rule (bullets kill) Simple works.  One to four words  Crisp thoughts  Bigger ideas  Control the pace
    14. 14. Rule of thumb no. 5: Charts tell stories too. 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 Growth
    15. 15. Even tables can look nice 11 12 13 44 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
    16. 16. Rule of thumb no. 6: Animation Use animation
    17. 17. when it helps to
    18. 18. solve a problem.
    19. 19. Rule of thumb no. 7: Be memorable. inform & entertain
    20. 20. Rule of thumb no. 7: Be memorable.
    21. 21. Oh, one last thing.
    22. 22. Rule of thumb no. 8: NO clip art, ever.
    23. 23. Thank you.
    24. 24.