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4 responses to “The Trouble With Powerpoint”

  1. Shashi Vempati

    I especially liked these two points below .

    “no narrative thread”

    “The long form of writing just went away. I don’t know if we are unique at Infosys”

    Huge attention deficit – not just in written communication but in conversations too increasingly over teleconferences. Karl Jung talked of a “collective unconscious”, I think we now have a “collective attention deficit”. Powerpoint is just the symptom.

  2. Geetesh Bajaj

    PowerPoint was created as a program to accompany presenters — the slide deck was an accessory — the presenter was the actual presentation. Now we have evolved to an age where PowerPoint functions either as a tele-prompter (speakers reading out everything on their slides) or as a business report (make sense of everything I threw on these slides, and yes I added all the impressive slides that my colleague used last month, and what I used 6 months ago).

    Of course no one can any longer make sense — many people cannot even spell “PowerPoint” well any more! Lack of proper PowerPoint education is one of the biggest time wasters in business history — and having been a PowerPoint MVP, I should know. I am sure things are no different at Infosys.

  3. Doug Hudgeon

    Great article. All the above points are good and I don’t know anyone that would contest them. Over the coming years, it’s inevitable that the business world will move away from PowerPoint (and, in fact, PowerPoint itself will change to address these issues). We are starting to see in tools like a shift to a more narrative-driven form of business writing that, I think, will become the norm.

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