My least favorite presentation at the World Tea Expo was a report that could have been really interesting and engaging had the presenter chosen to take a different approach.
Instead, it was an example of everything that can go wrong when a presenter relies entirely on data pasted into PowerPoint to make his presentation.
Each line was capitalized like a book title:
The slides were packed with bulleted text, each line divided by colons, semi-colons, commas, parentheses and random punctuation into mini-points within points (yes, you're seeing an exclamation point next to a comma):
Lots of bullets included completely cryptic text that made no sense until explained:
Then there were the lines using abbreviations and ampersands to make more room to fit more stuff:
Sales of tea USA $10 Billion 2010 (now conveniently "$12B" or "we predict $10B") & 1,500 Tea Outlets
And in general, there was just too much text per bullet, per slide (the busiest slide had twelve lines of text plus a title):
An Ironic Mechanism for Global Crisis Support: The International Energy (fuel, capital, health) Drought Macrocosmically Reflects Upon Personal & Business Energy Shortages -- The Power of Tea to Unite, Energize, Focus & Revive is Infinite
On the one hand, the speaker read pretty much directly from the slides, so technically, we could have taken the slides as handouts and not wasted time sitting there.
On the other hand, much of the text was so mysterious that we never could have understood it without the explanation.
Overall, a disappointing way to spend an hour.
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