Presentation Zen: Steve Jobs: “People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint”

Okay people, I know this isn’t as techie as other posts, but for those of you who present, read this, take it to heart. If you would like to borrow my copy of the book Presentation Zen, just swing on by my desk…

One thing we need to constantly remind ourselves is that slides and other forms of projected visualization—no matter how “cool” they may be—are not appropriate for every context. Multimedia is great for presentations before large groups such as keynote addresses or conference presentations, but in meetings where you want to actively discuss issues or go over details in depth, slides—especially the snooze-inducing bulletpoint variety, which are never a good idea—are almost always counter productive. I stressed early on in the first version of Presentation Zen four years ago—and ad nauseam on this website long before that—that PowerPoint (and other forms of multimedia projected on a screen) are not appropriate for every kind of presentation, or even for most kinds of presentations. This was a point that was made too by Steve Jobs in several of his interviews with biographer Walter Isaacson in his book called simply Steve Jobs. (In the 2nd edition of Presentation Zenwhich just started shipping, I expand a bit more on Steve Jobs’s ideas concerning presentations).

 

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Presentation Zen: Steve Jobs: “People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint”.

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