I’m tired of huge PowerPoint decks that don’t convey what we are trying to say. I can see the pain on the faces of people in the meetings, they are feeling physical agony as we drag from slide to slide. PowerPoint has turned us all into bullet-point addicts. Page after page of bullets can kill an audience.
I think it is time for a change.
If television was just a flowing list of bullet points, nobody would watch. People get engaged when there is a story being told. Drama, pictures, situations, things people can connect with and relate to. I’ve never felt any emotion reading bullet points (except nausea). We need to re-invent how we communicate and throw out the crappy PowerPoint decks amassed over the years. The bullet-point deck is dead – instead it should be at best an outline for a fresh looking, engaging and ENTERTAINING presentation.
Recently, I’ve found a new type of presentation which answers all my complaints about PowerPoint – it is called the INFOGRAPHIC. It is a flowing ‘story’ with pictures, color, charts, graphs, humor, etc. which is designed to both entertain and communicate. New tools are beginning to come online which allow you to build your own infographic. I think this is a great move in the right direction.
I’m going to compile a list of infographic resources to share and post them here. Wish me luck!