Friday, March 13, 2009

More PowerPoint Woes

Last year I attended The Best Single Day Class Ever, taught by Prof. Tufte. He changed my outlook on PowerPoint for ever. Today in FCW magazine I found a pointer to 8 PowerPoint Train Wrecks, like the slide Bill Gates is presenting at left. While following some of the linked presentations, I came across this line from the shmula blog:

While at Amazon, we were all told by Divine Fiat that ALL presentations — regardless of kind, cannot ever be on Powerpoint. Period. Bezos prefers prose and actual thoughts slapped in a report — an actual paper report with paragraphs, charts, sentences, an executive summary, introduction of problem, research approach and findings (body of paper), conclusions and recommendations — not choppy, half-thoughts on a gazillion slides.

Thank goodness. I am not crazy after all.

That same blog post makes other good points, and links to an imagined Barack Obama "Yes We Can" PowerPoint deck. Hilarious.


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4 comments:

JimmytheGeek said...

I dunno. I think Luke might have been persuaded by this approach:

http://www.presentationzen.com/presentationzen/images/2007/09/06/darth_2.jpg

Martin Roesch said...

I've tried to go to the "big picture & 3 words or less" mode of presentation, I find that my audiences prefer it and they certainly seem more engaged. I can say for a long training preso it might not work but for communicating big ideas (i.e. Sourcefire value prop) it's a great way to do things.

Security Retentive said...

Might I suggest http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cagxPlVqrtM

By comedian Don McMillan

Matt Shuff said...

There used to be a website: powerpointisevil.com. Not there anymore. Did Prof. Tufte create that?