How does banning PowerPoint solve the problem?
So let me get this straight. Instead of trying to help the presenters use the tool properly, we’re going to ban the tool and force them to go back in time and use tools that have, for the most part, been replaced by much better alternatives. That’s just like banning word processing software and making everyone go back to using pen and paper. Or banning e-mail and making people send memos in triplicate again.
It reminds me of a company I spoke to recently. In one department, they decided that the way to solve the problems with the PowerPoint presentations was to buy everyone a Mac and use Keynote. In the misguided belief that Keynote can’t possibly produce poor presentations. I am guessing that they now have fancier transitions between their text laden slides. Did that solve the problem?
The tool is not the problem. It never has been the root of the problem. The issue is that presenters don’t get taught how to properly structure their presentation and develop visuals that add to what they want to say. Banning the tool is the easy way out. But what happens when the resulting presentations are no better because the root issue was never dealt with? Then the cycle of finding the next scapegoat continues on. And audiences suffer through more boring presentations.
Only when organizations realize that the tool is not the problem will anything useful be done. The tool can be used well if you are taught how to use it properly. Check out my articles, past newsletters, makeover videos and tons of other great advice from many other commentators. We’ll help you use PowerPoint to create persuasive, engaging presentations. It can be done.