Many of us use PowerPoint in our presentations. And there’s nothing wrong with it.
Some of the best presenters, such as Seth Godin, Steven Fisher and Peter Shankman use PowerPoint or some competing software like Slide Rocket in their presentations.
However the big problem for businesses is that we sit through presentation after presentation and like dumb robots we often miss the main point of the presentation. Or the speakers who give the presentations are so lazy that they rely on the PowerPoint to deliver the presentation for them.
The New York Times quotes in an article:
“PowerPoint makes us stupid,” Gen. James N. Mattis of the Marine Corps, the Joint Forces commander, said this month at a military conference in North Carolina. (He spoke without PowerPoint.) Brig. Gen. H. R. McMaster, who banned PowerPoint presentations when he led the successful effort to secure the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar in 2005, followed up at the same conference by likening PowerPoint to an internal threat.
“It’s dangerous because it can create the illusion of understanding and the illusion of control,” General McMaster said in a telephone interview afterward. “Some problems in the world are not bullet-izable.
When giving a presentation, you want people to be able to easily follow along, and presentation software surely helps to do that. However, if you have not first clearly defined (and refined) your message and can’t speak without Power Point, then your message (your presentation) is worthless.
Read the full New York Times article here.
My good friend Marshall Makstein runs a NY company, eSlide – which is all about making Power Points better.