PowerPoint – Ban The Bullet Points

The use of the PowerPoint presentation, is a disaster. It should be ditched.”
So says Professor John Sweller of The University of New South Wales in a recent paper.

The learned professor then goes on to say that his research shows that we process information best in verbal or written form but not both simultaneously. I agree but does that really mean that all PowerPoint presentations are by definition bad?

There is a danger that, in following Professor Swellers advice we throw the baby out with the bathwater. I would argue that it is not PowerPoint that is bad, it’s the way that most presenters use it.

So here’s my first tip for making the most of PowerPoint – ban the bullet point and replace it with a supporting picture, graph or diagram whilst you deliver the words in your oratory. My doing this you turn your slides into an aid for the audience not a crutch for the presenter.

Watch out for my next PowerPoint Tip next week and learn more about how you can transform your presentations into engaging and persuasive narratives.

3 Responses to PowerPoint – Ban The Bullet Points

    • Whilst I agree with the substance of this article I still feel that it is putting all the blame on the software and none on the idiots who uses it in this way. PowerPoint is capable of so much more than simple boring text heavy slides but it is a combination of the laziness of the presenter and the culture of many organisations that keeps us locked in the same old death by PowerPoint cycle. Let’s stop blaming the software and start taking responsibility. Gandhi said “Be the change you want to see in the world!”

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