Give Me A Presentation Break

Published 4:17 pm Thursday, July 7, 2011

Hundreds in Switzerland have joined a newly formed Anti-PowerPoint Party (APPP) against the slideshow program that was created by a well-known computer software giant.

You might love it or hate it…but I hate it. I'd pack my things and move to Switzerland just so I could get on board with this movement.

The Swiss are saying that the slideshow program is costing their economy $2.1 billion Swiss Francs a year, according to a recent article, or over $2.5 billion dollars. And the Anti-PowerPoint Party is concluding that 85 percent of people who attend these types of presentations “actually” lose productivity.

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Yep, you don't have to convince me on that point.

I've drifted off in more than a few presentations that involved more slides than a playground that's for sure and I have plenty of 'doodle' drawings to show for what I do while waiting for them to end.

The newly-formed party is also calling for supporters to sign its online petition and Facebook page so the Swiss government can hold a referendum on the slideshow program-Hello people, we need to do this here!

I know I'm not the only one tired of being abused by those who don't know how to work the simple presentation program. It's easy to use and so everyone automatically thinks they are a master.

Hint, I've sat through enough meetings with presentations to know this ONE fact-everyone does not know what they are doing!

So just let me take a few lines here to express how the program is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me (you know those things people used for presentations before there were even white boards or flip charts):

*Too many sentences… It's a guide, not your entire presentation. Don't read from the screen to me without making eye contact. I graduated from kindergarten, high school, and college. I can read. Just present your information to me! Don't bore me into a stupor. Please and thank you.

*Stick to normal fonts… Don't try to be fancy, cute, or smarter than you are. Use a “normal” font and get on with the show for Pete's sake. If you try to up the ante more than likely you'll blow it up. I've seen more font problems than I'd like to recount. It makes sentences fall off the screen and charts unreadable. Why spend time on a presentation that people can't decipher or read?! People, again, get with the program. For real. Thank you, again, in advance.

*If you have a picture, link, sound, or movie, practice with it before the big day to make sure it actually works! I think that says enough.

*Don't talk to your slides… Remember you have an audience. Whether it's a room full of citizens, a table full of board members, or a group of parent volunteers, get involved with the people you are presenting to. Don't forget about US! I blank out after about two slides if you are talking to yourself. I apologize in advance.

*And last but certainly, absolutely not least, if you don't do anything else roll your mouse to the top of the screen and press SPELL CHECK!

Whew, I feel better already.

Switzerland needs 100,000 signatures for the country to hold a referendum on the slideshow program to bring it to the political agenda.

I wonder how many we'd need here in the United States? I'm ready just let me know when someone figures it out.

My pen is ready and I'm definitely capable of joining a Facebook page.

This is one agenda I'll support without a second thought. I'd have a lot more free time on my hands if I didn't have to sit through so many lengthy presentations.