I hate Powerpoint.
Actually – I don’t hate Powerpoint. I hate the presentation culture that expects me to stand up and talk in front of a screen full of silly dot points.
I write well, and I speak fairly well. I love telling stories as part of my presentations – I watch the audience, and stories are the parts that people really listen to.
However, when I’m forced to distil an otherwise good story into a few dot points, all of the power of the story and the elegance of the narrative disappears. I am held to the rigid listing of points on a screen. They control me and try to make me elaborate on each as a point, rather than weaving them together into something lovely.
Oh, I know that I can use them as reminders and triggers, but when the audience expects to use the slides as a takeaway of the presentation, this just isn’t enough.
So, what should I do – retain the eloquence of the verbal presentation, or provide the audience with the visuals and takeaways…maybe I can find a way to provide some combination of both