I am not really a great PowerPoint man. I’ll have to fess up to using it on my seminars because a) each seminar is different from the last and I can’t remember the order of a whole day’s material and b) some people like to stare at a screen. What I don’t do is have one screen full of bullet points followed by another which I proceed to read out whilst looking at the screen. Uuuggghhhh! Now, I happen to think that PowerPoint has a place in the modern corporate world but it you should not automatically equate “presentation” with “slides” – all very dull.
How about this then. I recently went to a seminar in London. There were a number of speakers but one of them who spoke for about an hour had 32 slides in his presentation. 32! That’s about one slide every 2 minutes and if you say the average number of points on a screen is 3 that is 40 seconds to make a point and let the audience soak it up. “Danger Will Robinson” on that one. I mean I am sure in his mind he got every point out that he wanted to but did we, the audience, get them all? I think not, in fact I am not quite sure what he did say now I come to think of it and I bet that is not the result he wanted.
If you are going to use PowerPoint I think it is hard to suggest an average-slides-per-hour rate but I am doing a gig next week with is an all day affair and it has 35 actual screens in it and I am thinking that’s too many – I reckon I can get it down below the 30. I am led to believe that presentations are like make-up; less is more.
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