Dance Versus PowerPoint, A Modest Proposal
Here’s a great TED Talk in which John Bohannon offers a simple alternative to terrible PowerPoint (in the style of Jonathan Swift).
This was a really fascinating TED talk, but the part that really got me was when John introduces his modest proposal.
“I think that bad PowerPoint presentations are a serious threat to the global economy,” he says. To which the crowd chuckles, then erupts into applause and cheering. That statement got the biggest audience reaction of the whole talk.
The world already knows that PowerPoint is boring. They’ve accepted, unhappily, that this is just the way things are. But that doesn’t mean they like it.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Authors like Garr Reynolds and Nancy Duarte have shown us how to be better. WAY better. But it’s still not something that many people are aware of.
We need to spread the word that there’s a better way! So that people who are still PowerPointing in the dark ages will see the light. The first step to getting things to change is helping people realize that there’re alternatives to terrible presentations.
And the best way to get them to see that is to make your presentations remarkable. We’ll change the world’s thinking, one audience at a time. We can! And we must!
Because I am really NOT much of a dancer.