Up the Revolution! Join the Anti-PowerPoint Party

July 6, 2011 at 10:01 am | Posted in useful links, waffle | Leave a comment

Not that I’m biased against Powerpoint or anything (some of my best friends are Powerpoint users) but I do have strong views about what makes a good presentation. Unfortunately, the number of poor examples I sit through greatly outweigh the good ones. I was therefore amused to see that Matthias Poehm, a rather intense Swiss public-speaking trainer, has declared himself president of his new (political?) Anti-Powerpoint Party. The declared aim is to save countless people from boredom and coincidentally save the world economy by doing away with all those tedious meetings. Hurrah to that!

Check out this article in the Register to see Matthias deliver his manifesto and read further details.

Given that the party’s aim of “launching a national referendum to obtain a law forbidding PowerPoint during presentations” will only apply in Switzerland (if they win) then a useful supporting action might be to buy, read and inwardly digest a couple of key books:

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery by Garr Reynolds

slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations: The Art and Science of Presentation Design by Nancy Duarte

Both of these are available on order from your favourite local independent bookshop.

Update: Presentation Zen is also available from the Hartley Library


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