Crappy slides makes us stupid

Microsoft reports that misuse of Powerpoint (in other words, using Powerpoint the way most people use it) is a huge issue.

Here’s the problem:

  • Bullets appear to be precise
  • They define the scope of the issue, even if they are wrong
  • They are definitive, even if they aren’t
  • Bullets that are read from the screen go in one ear and out the other
  • Bullets are used as a defensive measure
  • see, I told you this in the meeting on 12.3.08
  • Bullets are unemotional and sterile
  • The lizard brain causes us to make presentations that are too long so that nothing in particular gets commented on or remembered or criticized
  • It is harder to interrupt and have a conversation with someone who has a clicker
See what I mean?

If there was any other tool as widely misused in your organization, you’d ban it. The cost is enormous in lost opportunity and lost time.

Guns don’t kill people, bullets do.

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