PowerPoint Bullets can kill your presentation
As the school year draws to close and students frantically prepare numerous presentations for their final grades I notice that Seth Godin has again mentioned PowerPoint and the overuse of bullets in his blog under the heading: “Powerpoint makes us stupid”–these bullets can kill. He comes back to the issue because presenters are falling back into poor habits. He also mentions it due to an article in the New York Times about the use of PowerPoint in the US military “We Have Met the Enemy and He Is PowerPoint”.
Students and of course teachers are guilty of overusing PowerPoint and just putting bullets into their presentations when images can easily assist explaining a point. Louise Stansfield Metropolia Business School’s Communication lecturer has done a lot of work with students on their presentations skills and is at the moment highlighting Prezi as an alternative to PowerPoint, so it is disappointing to see students turn up in courses repeating mistakes that they had learned to overcome. The Prezi debate is ongoing on Metropoliablog add your opinion click here.
As students will know from my courses I often place the material below into the school’s intranet.
Death by PowerPoint was first coined by Angela R. Garber. Here is a good slideshow on the subject