There is truly nothing worse than death by PowerPoint. When you are on a press or analyst tour with multiple meetings every day, the pain of going through the same slides, with the same quips over and over again is probably the most ingenious form of torture known to mankind.
It doesn’t help that people seem to put more preparation into their slides than their content. We’ve all been in the presentations where the speaker simply reads each slide word for word. It’s bad communication and worse, the speaker provides no additional information. It would probably be better to just let the slides run automatically without the sound track.
Edward Tufte has an essay on the subject called “The cognitive style of PowerPoint”. It’s available for $7. Anything that helps is to be welcomed! Thanks to my colleague Darren Barefoot for the link!