PowerPoint: A Loaded Crutch

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PowerPoint doesn’t kill meetings. People kill meetings. But using PowerPoint is like having a loaded AK-47 on the table: You can do very bad things with it.” Peter Norvig, Google Director of Research

Technology has brought us all types of beautiful tools to use in various aspects of our lives but far too many of us rely on it as the only tool when delivering presentations. Thanks to PowerPoint, many people can get past their fear of public speaking because they just load up their entire presentation onto about 975 tedious slides.

Why on earth should anyone listen to the speaker if the entire thing is on PowerPoint? By the way, if the persenter puts up a busy and text-heavy slide–no one is listening. Nope.  You know why? They’re too busy squinting and trying to read the mess that was just put up on the enormous screen.

Not engaging. Not fun. Not interesting. Seriously. In a situation like that, people in the audience are asking themselves…Why am I here? Bob could’ve emailed me these slides so I can read them at my desk.

When there is a disconnect like that with the audience, a resentment and annoyance will spread like wildfire. No one likes to feel as though their time is being wasted.

So what’s the solution?

Learn how to use PowerPoint in the way it was intended. PowerPoint is meant to highlight the main points of presentation using key words, phrases and images.  It is meant to be an added tool to help the speaker get their point accross in a poweful way–it is not meant to replace the presenter.

If you want to learn how to use PowerPoint effectively and leverage it to dazzle your audience–then give us a call. The workshops at Taney Speaker Training can help you, and your staff, deliver more effecitve and engaging presentations.

Sara Humphreys- Taney Speaker Training- sara@thetipfactor.com  – (914) 649-8229

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