I tweet a lot about bad Powerpoint presentations. Recently I sent the following
Why do people teach the mechanics of ppt but neglect teaching how to use it 2 make a great presentation?
@philhart: Because those teaches would need to raise their game. :(
@thecleversheep: 'Cus people still think it's about the tool rather than the message.
@MilaSaintAnne: Perhaps.. it's more easy to learn technics than think about the subject you have to talk...
@dmchugh675: Teaching the mechanics of ppt is easier than developing effective communication skills. Skill development takes effort.
The common thread is that it is much easier to teach the mechanics than to teach communication skills. Further, I just don’t think people know what a great presentation looks like and/or they just don’t care.
It is not the tool itself that concerns me; it is the misuse. Here are a few links to help with (Powerpoint) presentations:
Seth Godin: Really Bad Powerpoint (And how to avoid it)
Why Board Members Should Ban Bullets
Dodging Bullets in Presentations
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