Struggling with a PowerPoint presentation for work. Things were A LOT easier before I read the following articles:
- “Powerpoint makes us stupid”–these bullets can kill (Seth Godin)
- “Really Bad Powerpoint” (Seth Godin again)
- “The Cognitive Style of Powerpoint: Pitching Out Corrupts Within” (Edward Tufte)
In a nutshell: PowerPoint is the root of all evil (per Tufte), flaws inherent to the tool dilute thought, the sequentiality and hierarchical structure of the software corrupts the message. The U.S. Army will bring peace to Earth before they can figure out the meaning of a convoluted PowerPoint slide, what’s on the actual slides should appeal to the audience’s emotions rather than feed information, and slides should be lean – as Seth Godin says: “bullets are for the NRA”.
I now have to transform my pretty wordy explanatory slides into lean mean (and efficient) machines of persuasion. I may need an extra month. Oh, right, the presentation is due tomorrow.