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PowerPoint Overload Leads to Political Action

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
Anti PowerPoint Party Logo

Anti PowerPoint Party Logo

A political party to combat PowerPoint presentations?   Read on:

“When Matthias Pöhm formed his new Swiss political party, he was determined to reach out to what he considered an underrepresented group. So in May, he created the Anti PowerPoint Party, whose stated mission is to advocate for those souls ‘who, every month, are obliged to be present during boring presentations in companies, universities, or at other institutions, and who had up to now no representation in politics’.”  Source: New York Times, September 22, 2011

We contend it’s not PowerPoint, but misuse of the program by presenters, that is the root of this problem.  Screens packed with text are boring and incomprehensible.

Another Disasterous Presenter

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Since its April release I have been passing out my new book, “Visual Selling”, to all my friends. Now they are reporting back to me on all the bad presentations they see. Yesterday my buddy described a terrible talk that he attended last week, where the presenter:

  • passed out handout first so that everyone was reading during the pitch, ignoring the speaker
  • read slides word for word, as if the audience was composed of illiterates
  • stood in front of slides so viewers could not see them, negating their use
  • failed to rehearse, so when his plan to bring points onto the screen one at a time failed, they all came on at once, giving his surprises away!

Where and when shall we hang this speaker?

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