February 20, 2008

Learn how to use PowerPoint or leave it alone

Oh dear. I have to point you to another example of bad PowerPoint usage, posted by Dave Paradi. In this example, it's not so much what's on the screen as how the speaker is using the tool that is painful even to read about.

In a case like this, I would offer my services to the speaker at the end of the seminar. Immediately.

If you have decided to use PowerPoint in a presentation or you've been required to use it, and you're not sure if you know what you're doing, please get help. Take a class at your local adult education program, buy a book, get help from an experienced co-worker, or hire me.

You run the risk of negating all the good work you've done in preparing your content by tripping over your PowerPoint and making your incompetence the center of attention.

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4 comments. Please add yours! :

Bill Reichart said...


Good post. I know that from my context, the church, powerpoint is either over used or poorly used. I had posted some my thoughts on this subject a couple of months ago:


Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa
I couldn't agree with you more. I see so many people fall down over their use of PowerPoint - it's either something they've not taken the time to become comfortable using (or they just plain don't know how to use) or they've tried to use it instead of properly presenting (it's such a common prop for people to try and hide behind.) In my experience, great presenting needn't even include PowerPoint, but if you are going to use it then you should a) know how to use it effectively as a speaking tool and b) be comfortable with the technical side of it.

Lisa Braithwaite said...

Right on, Jo!

Loved your post, Bill.

Jeremy Jacobs said...

So true.

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