Before I go on holiday, I’d like to just summarise a spate of recent postings on why PowerPoint is a bad tool for speakers to use at conferences, just so that everyone understands just how evil this so-called ‘presentation tool’ can be.
Here they are then – ten definitive reasons not to use PowerPoint as a public speaker:
Your talk is rubbish and badly-prepared
Apparently, Microsoft failed to build in this simple feature, and PowerPoint is sadly incapable of actually preparing interesting content and putting it together in a logical and engaging way
You have no content
Again, what you might have thought would be a basic tool in PowerPoint is not present. No matter how long you stare at the opening blank slide, and no matter how hard you search through the myriad menus in the software, PowerPoint will fail to provide you with any useful content.
Your design skills are akin to those of a snail
By now you will have gathered just how useless and potentially harmful PowerPoint is. You can spend hours putting your content into those evil slides, but Microsoft couldn’t even be bothered to add a ‘make my presentation look great‘ button. How lame is that?
You think pink backgrounds and yellow text look good
Why should we be expected to learn this arcane design stuff that people spend years at good colleges picking up? Why couldn’t the biggest software company in the world just program this in? what’s the world coming to when you can pay decent hard-earned money for a tool only to find it’s useless at what it claims to do?
You have the presentation skills of Chingis Khan
And while we’re at it, where’s the ‘turn me into a good speaker’ option when going into slideshow mode at conferences? Where’s that, eh, Mr Clever-Clogs Gates? Call this a piece of software? It’s a travesty of programming, that’s what it is. Nobody laughed at my presentation, people walked out and I hardly got a clap at the end. Where’s your PowerPoint now, eh?
Your audience are intellectually challenged
Perhaps the most important reason (and possibly the only one that isn’t the direct fault of Microsoft, mark you!) is that audiences are really, really stupid. They can’t look at a screen and listen to you at the same time. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, because it’s a well-known fact that many clever people have proven with research and stuff. It just can’t be done. FACT!
It doesn’t work properly
You have been warned…
I’m not being funny, no – it’s just not funny…. not at all…