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Say No To PowerPoint

Robert Scoble – “I love any conference that bans PowerPoint.”

They should do this for Internet Librarian.

4 Responses to “Say No To PowerPoint”

  1. steven bell
    September 22, 2007 at 6:23 am #

    be careful what you wish for you – you might get it – and have you seen most librarians presenting “naked” – not a pretty site i might imagine – figuratively of course.

    btw – thanks for some recent links to my posts.

  2. Stephen K Abram
    September 22, 2007 at 9:10 am #

    Oh come on Steven! Are you suggesting that Internet Librarian uses shadow puppets to show websites?
    Web metrics are real fun to listen to as columns and trends are read out!
    And web designers, being visual learners, really love an unrecognizable speaker in the distance droning on! I saw ‘Show Me!”

    The real issue is making sure that PPT are designed well. Conference organizers need to enforce that through a good stable of speakers. Conference organizers also need to create a wider range of styles of session – experience based sessions, fewer but no no panels, hands on sessions, workshops, networking sessions, roundtables, etc.

    Banning PPT just removes a tool fromm the toolbox and negative control behaviours rarely achieve their desired aims.

    I’ve never understood the calls to ban PPT. I think it comes from people who think their learning style, the one that makes them personally most comfortable, is the only learning style worth teaching to. When I grew up we had schools, that basically only did the lecture method – read and talk. Loads of people were disrespected and left behind when their learning styles were not supported by the style that was dominant. Now schools try to teach to the entire range of learers in the class. I suspect the adult audiences at Internet Librarian have similar ranges.

    My suggesion for those folks who don’t like seeing what the speakers are talking about – face backwards. And then tell people why that’s an improved experience for all. They might as well listen to the podcast.

    The again when the PPT’s are truly awful, they’re painful and sticking pins in my eyes is one choice, but I usually just change sessions.



  3. Kevin
    September 22, 2007 at 10:36 am #

    PowerPoint can be useful, if done right. I’d say narrow argument a bit and ban use of bullet-style lists in PPT slides. That along should dramatically improve the quality of most presentations!

    Side note: I love the Country/OS/Browser flags for commenters. Is that hand coded or a plugin?

  4. Meg Kribble
    September 24, 2007 at 12:44 pm #

    I’m with Stephen and Kevin. PowerPoints don’t kill people, people do!

    I’d go a step further from Kevin’s idea and limit the number of words allowed on each slide to three to five, depending on how generous I’m feeling.

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