(Visual) Thoughts on Powerpoint

2,128 views

Published on

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

Published in: Technology, Business
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
2,128
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
14
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
0
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

(Visual) Thoughts on Powerpoint

  1. 1. Powerpoint – powerful tool poorly used or poor tool overly used? Some (visual) thoughts
  2. 2. Remember the good old days?
  3. 3. Remember the good old days?
  4. 4. Remember the good old days?
  5. 5. Remember the good old days?
  6. 6. Powerpoint is a powerful tool because, unlike other presentation devices… <ul><li>It is cost and time effective </li></ul><ul><li>Requires little to none specific training to use it </li></ul><ul><li>Possiblites to use different media </li></ul><ul><li>Ideal for presenting data visually with ready-made solutions for graphically-challenged users (graphs, clipart, images, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Endless possibilities to share/document your presentation (email, web, printed handouts). </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>However, as any good tool, Powerpoint can be misused. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Use and abuse of powerpoint presentations <ul><li>Powerpoint has become such a standard that virtually no speaker nowadays can imagine to give a presentation without a Powerpoint. </li></ul><ul><li>On the other hand, audiences can’t attend a lecture, presentation, speech without dreading another bad Powerpoint presentation. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Powerpoint has become a two-edged sword <ul><li>Powerpoint’s ease of use has the potential for use and abuse of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meaningless, irrelevant clip-art </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distracting effects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bulletpoints and text in general </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Use and abuse of clip-art <ul><li>Clip art made it possible for graphically-changelled people to use visuals to better explain their message. </li></ul><ul><li>The problem comes when the clip art you’re using doesn’t help you convey the message you want. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Use and abuse of bulletpoints (and text in general) <ul><li>Some people have problems summarizing their ideas in a few key words </li></ul><ul><li>Some people just want to use Powerpoint as a teleprompter… </li></ul>
  12. 12. Which brings us to the real problem of Powerpoint presentations… The actual presentation
  13. 13. Powerpoint presentations can’t or shouldn’t <ul><li>Substitute the input of the speaker </li></ul><ul><li>Be used as a shield or security blanket </li></ul><ul><li>Be a collection of material designed for other media </li></ul><ul><li>Distract the audience from the real message of the presentation </li></ul>
  14. 14. Possible solutions <ul><li>Work on the content of the presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Work on presentation skills </li></ul>
  15. 15. Possible solutions <ul><li>Think of ways of illustrating the message instead of decorating slides </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it simple </li></ul>
  16. 16. Now go and have some fun with Powerpoint…

×