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.
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.