There must be millions of PowerPoint presentation created every day around the world, yet how many of them are created to help the audience remember what the speaker has to say. My personal experience of sitting through presentations or perhaps I should say sleeping through has been that the PowerPoint has really been created to help the speaker get through the session. Hence the term death by PowerPoint or even death by bullet point. I think it is crazy to sit through a presentation and be shown the words at the same time. Most people can’t read and listen at the same time especially if what you are reading at one speed is being presented verbally at a different speed. Wow it’s just brain overload.
Yes staff should learn how to use all the available features of PowerPoint so that their presentation can be put together in the most efficient way, but more importantly I believe they need to think about how using the features actually works to help the audience remember. If all they remember is a dull wordy presentation or they come away with a headache because all they remember was annoying swash/swish sounds every time a bullet point entered the screen then you can safely say the presentation did not work.
They say a picture paints a thousand words and I believe that is so true. Just watch the professionals like the BBC news readers They don’t often have bullet points behind them they have pictures or video and I believe that’s what helps us remember what the news reader has to say. The big difference is they are trained to read but make it seem like they are not reading. Our job as trainers, managers, sales etc. is to have the knowledge, enthusiasm and interest in the subject to get the message across to the audience with our voice and use PowerPoint in such a way they remember. More importantly if there is action to take as a result of your presentation the audience goes away knowing exactly why and what to do and by when. That brings me neatly on to the action. If you tell the audience what action they need to do at the beginning of the presentation then they are more likely to listen to what you have to say.
So to sum up; make sure staff know all the features of PowerPoint and then make sure it’s used to help the audience remember. The most important part of the presentation is the presenter not the PowerPoint.
I used to work for a private training provider in Rugby. I worked for 25 years with various job roles in Milton Keynes, Northampton and finally Rugby.That company was my life for all that time but now I run a business called InIT Learning and happy to say that there is life after redundancy. 🙂 InIT Learning deliver one day computer courses in Excel, Word and PowerPoint etc. InIT Learning prices are much more competitive than other SoftwareTraining providers. InIT Learning deliver the courses at your premises and provide all the equipment. If you have staff to develop at very competitive prices then getoncourse for success with InIT Learning. My company work with many large businesses and organisations in Buckinghamshire, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.
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Do you class yourself as ‘Old School’?
Have you spent many years avoiding computers or saying things like ‘all you need is a pencil and a diary’. I have personally experienced people like this and find it unbelievable that for some people there is so much resistance to move forward with technology. But is it so unbelievable? I believe there is an interesting paradox in education when it comes to ICT. On one hand schools, colleges, business colleges and training providers are told they should be embedding ICT into the learning yet on the other hand they are being told to teach maths like the ‘times tables’. Why learn the times tables if you have IT that can do it for you. Functional Skills Maths is good in that it tries to relate maths to the real world but in the real world we get computer to do it for us or an app on a tablet or phone. Exams still want to see how you worked the calculation out rather than asking what hardware or software you used to do the calculation for you. Problem solving skills and thinking skills is where we should focus and let the ICT do the bit that for most is a chore or a subject with barriers.
Self employment and running my own business has got to be one of the best choices I made. Yes self employment has its ups and downs but I would say there are many more positives if you are willing to work hard. I meet a lot of genuine people who really show their appreciation for the work I do. We all like a pat on the back that is genuine and not just to satisfy the procedures set out in company policy. The companies I have been working with all fall into my ‘genuine’ category. There are many other positives like, I can develop new ideas without them being quashed by the powers to be. I have a better work life balance and can enjoy time to suit me. Okay there are some negatives like you can’t say for sure what the next contract will be and when, waiting to be paid is sometimes tough when you are a small business, but all this can be managed once you learn how your business works and how your customer businesses work. When you know your quiet months all you need to do is plan that in. My business is based in Milton Keynes and delivers one day courses in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint etc. InIT Learning provide all the equipment and all the customer has to provide is the room e.g. a conference room. The maximum delegates is normally eight and all delegates receive a manual and certificate of attendance. If your business is in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire or the surrounding counties e.g. Rugby and Coventry in Warwickshire, Northampton, Kettering in Northamptonshire, Bedford, Luton in Bedfordshire, Oxford in Oxfordshire and you have staff requiring training in Excel, Word or PowerPoint then contact me at InIT Learning 0844 585 1987.
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