Murphy's Law

Tom Murphy

Tue, 28 Jan 2003 08:00:38 GMT

Karlin Lillington has an interesting entry today on the evils of PowerPoint and references John Naughton’s recent piece in the UK Observer.

We’ve been trying to avoid what we call here “Death by PowerPoint” for some time. There are pros and cons from a communication perspective. The conversation is by it’s nature more natural and engaging without slides, however because people are so conditioned to “watch” PowerPoint presentations, sometimes a non-PowerPoint based session is clearly a struggle for them.

On a personal note, when you are two weeks on the road meeting analysts and journalists, “UnPowerPointed” meetings are far more interesting than the same twenty slides over and over again.

Of course, PowerPoint can be useful for communicating complex concepts but to use it as a crutch can make for truly horrendous meetings.

Additional links: John Naughton’s Blog and The Gettysburg Address as it would appear in PowerPoint!

Written by Tom Murphy

January 28, 2003 at 9:00 am

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