We’ve all heard the complaints about presentations based on PowerPoint (or other similar slide show product) – but my question is – what is the alternative? I like to start my presentations with some slides – mostly for reference and note-taking (if printed), but then move on to a live demo of sorts. The way I see it though – not all talks have a “live demo” approach – so what do these people do?
I’ve been attending a lot of events lately and at one of them (nope I won’t tell you which) one of the speakers didn’t use PowerPoint (she did have visual aids of a sort though) and she read her entire talk from a script. Is this the type of presentation you want to attend? I couldn’t pay attention for the life of me!! I wanted to – I really really did – the topic seemed interesting – but I could not pay attention with her voice droning on as she read from her script and swapped her transparency for the next … oops … gave you a hint.
So – what’s the third option? If not PowerPoint and if not a scripted talk then what do people without live demos do?
I’m really just curious what the “PPT = All Wrong” people want when they go to a presentation – what would make it educational and enjoyable?
For me, I’m okay with the PPT as long as the speaker is speaking to me. I’m okay with it as long as it’s supplemental to the talk itself. My problem comes after the fact – after the presentation – if you want to share what you learned with others – you had better have taken real notes – because without the speaker’s words, a PPT with several slides of bullet points isn’t usually going to cut it.
I’ve sort of gotten off track here – but I needed a little rant and this seemed like a good topic for today. Feel free weigh in.