Thursday, March 19, 2009

Trash Your Power Point Presentations

For a long time of my life as a trainer, I refused to use Power Point presentations. In the trainers trainings I gave, I usually introduced the concept of death by PP early in the course. But then, slowly, PP creeped into my courses. Before, I used to spend the entire night before the start of a course to draw my flip charts. This was a meditative exercise and gave me the possibility to rehearse. But finally, I plead guilty - I do use PP more than I should, even if I try to design the individual slides as animating as possible. I include videos, images and all kind of staff. And I still use flip charts and often I joyfully press the blind button of the clicker.

Having said that, I was more than happy to watch a taped webinar: Creating Powerful Presentations with Nancy Duarte. If you are a trainer or a presenter, you got to watch this 45 minutes and I bet, your presentations will never be the same.

2 comments:

  1. Know what you mean about the meditative aspect of preparing flip charts - always feel I'm 'ready' when they are done. Don't use PPoint regularly - never sure that client has the technology and I'm not yet ready to invest in data projector. However, yesterday I presented back to a group I facilitated 10 days ago - results of their work. PowerPoint did the job and becomes their communication tool for those in the organisation who weren't in the room.

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  2. Hi there,

    Just stumbled upon your blog, and I must say I am quite impressed, not just with the quality of the writing but the topics you are selecting and the deep insight and perspective you bring to a topic (change management) which is of particular interest to me.

    With respect to powerpoint, I recently blogged about this (link below) and hoped you and your readers might find it both relevant and useful. My apologies in advance for a rather "provocative" title/choice of words..

    http://blogs.itworldcanada.com/idol/2009/03/31/stop-death-by-powerpoint-make-your-presentations-suck-less/

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