“PowerPointless”

7 March 2014 at 9:54 am 4 comments

| Peter Klein |

A clever and funny entry for our ongoing series on the use and abuse of PowerPoint. It’s aimed at classroom presentations but applies, a fortiori, to any professional meeting, including (especially?) academic conferences. I especially appreciate this:

If your audience can understand everything it needs to from your slide show only, . . . cut out about 50 percent of the slides and 90 percent of the text. . . . Your slide show by itself should be incomprehensible. Because, to paraphrase Ludwig Wittgenstein, its most important part is what’s not on it. (I.e., you actually talking with people.)

I  have a few quibbles, e.g., I generally avoid animations (having each point appear only as you mention it), but overall this is great advice, amusingly illustrated.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rick Weber  |  7 March 2014 at 4:46 pm

    When people use it as PowerParagraph they ought to be ostracized from society.

  • 2. spender7  |  10 March 2014 at 7:03 am

    This is great. Deals with one of the most pressing issues of our time.

  • 3. Rafe’s Roundup 14 March | Catallaxy Files  |  13 March 2014 at 4:40 pm

    […] Education. More about Powerpoint. […]

  • 4. Jose Guerrero  |  20 April 2014 at 12:54 pm

    My wife goes to a church where they have the mass in powerpoint

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