On presentations

Time for more 'blogging consensus. I've just read a post over at James Duncan Davidson's weblog which talks about the use of slides in conferences and talks: time for better presentations. I'm in total agreement. A week or two ago I had to give an update in a meeting concerning the developers. Before I knew what I was doing, PowerPoint had been fired up, and I started to outline what I wanted to cover. Suddenly I thought to myself, "What are you doing?" and quit PowerPoint. No need. Absolutely no need. James quotes Phillip Greenspun thus:

Slides are useful when you need to show everyone in a room a graph, a photo, or some other item for discussion. Somewhere in the 1960s and 1970s things went horribly wrong, however, as bullet points began to make their way onto the slides.

So, the moral of the story: ditch PowerPoint, get yourself a decent outliner, and then just chunter on, like wot I do.


  1. To keep the use of slides to a minimum use 1 slide for 5 minutes of presentation. This way you won't be just reading the contents of the the slides.Laurent de Walick#
  2. So - what if you are reviewing screen shots of an application? Is it ok to go through several in 5 minutes to point some highlights?Bruce Elgort#
  3. Yes, I will alow that Bruce ;-) Ben Poole#

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