Technology can be Archaic: Why you must never use PowerPoint

Technology can be Archaic: Why you must never use PowerPoint

Technology can be Archaic: Why you must never use PowerPoint 
Spring 2016, Asia Volume 6, Number 13

TECHNOLOGY CAN BE ARCHAIC:
Why You Must Never Use PowerPoint
Tried and Tested

Let’s face it. Ever since the invention of PowerPoint, it has become default for many presenters to utilize it. In fact, it has become refreshing not to walk into a presentation that uses PowerPoint! Take Gary Vaynerchuck for example. At an INBOUND marketing conference in 2012, the self-made entrepreneur captivated the audience in a 45-minute presentation that not once used a single PowerPoint slide and earned himself a standing ovation.

If that is not reason enough, a recent survey done by SlideRocket (an alternative to PowerPoint) indicated that at least one out of four would rather forego sex that sit through a presentation. Almost a fifth of the thousand adults polled would rather work on a Saturday. PowerPoint is used not only by entrepreneurs, but teachers as well. An estimated 30 million PowerPoint presentations are made daily, with more than 500 million users worldwide.

With all that in mind, is it any wonder why PowerPoint has become a tried and tested presentation tool?

Pointless?

We think so too

Granted, PowerPoint adds structure to your presentation. But therein lies a problem as well. Presenters get carried away with putting too many bullet points and adding pointless graphics. There are more ways to spice up your presentation, and there is a difference between interesting and distracting graphics.

Be mindful of keeping a balance between the amount of words and visuals. However, while it is helpful having bullet points for all to flow with your verbiage, emphasis is only effective when people hear what you are saying and understand its importance. And most of the time, people fall into the trap of using graphics that do not help the audience retain your message.

Too many

Says too little

Yet another reason why you should not always use PowerPoint is the danger of information overload. By now, you should know that simplicity is key to getting through to your audience — they want only the meat of your message. There is no right amount of slides to use for your presentation thus many run wild with not only the amount of slides but the information on them.

With too many slides come too many words. You will leave your audience struggling to read what is on your slide, and this takes the attention away from what you are saying. Your slides are not there to tell the audience your story; you are the one giving the message and the slides are merely to reinforce what you are saying. Your presentation will start going downhill once the audience stops listening to you. It is advisable instead to allow a few seconds for the audience to take in what is on your slide before resuming your speech.

At the end of the day, PowerPoint is only powerful if done right, and how many can confidently say that they can do that?

60 Seconds

is All it Takes
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Quick Tip1

While it is helpful having bullet points for all to follow with your verbiage, emphasis is only effective when people hear what you are saying and understand its importance.

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Quick Tip3

Your slides are not there to tell the audience your story; you are the one giving the message and the slides are merely to reinforce what you are saying.

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