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From the first day you step into a classroom until the day you retire from a career, you are bombarded with hundreds of thousands of PowerPoint slides. I think of it this way: If I were to try, right now, to make a flyer for a band, it would look just plain awful. Notice how the first slide is too crowded, there are way too many words, and your eye doesn’t know where to look. In conclusion, I think that too many people use PowerPoint without taking the time to learn about what they are doing, slapping a graph and some words onto a slide and calling it a day.
In our modern, highly technologically advanced society, does Microsoft PowerPoint still stand a chance as an effective method for professional presentation? More specifically, I think the issue here is whether PowerPoint is naturally incapable of adapting to the times or is the designer of the presentation lacking the necessary skills to create an effective presentation utilizing appropriate design choices and styles. The purpose of your PowerPoint presentation is to aid in whatever point you plan to make to your audience. Half of the problem stems from  people being unaware of the wide range of functions PowerPoint has to offer. With such improvements, it is only possible for PowerPoint to become more prevalent in professional presentations, both in school and the workforce.
The problem with bad PowerPoint (PPT) presentations is the user’s application of poor design and implementation. Although I argue that people are the problem, I think that space limitations of the medium are also a problem; however, there is a way around this. What I have learned is that whenever I feel like I have space limitations, I should use a diagram because it will allow me to eliminate visual clutter and highlight just what I need.


Obviously, the drawing tools that I have mentioned cannot best convey every PPT presentation’s purpose. Do not simply slap words on the screen; otherwise, a handout may be a better medium (Markel). Use the assertion-evidence structure when convincing your client that your product is the way to go: making a claim in the form of a brief sentence in the title section of the PPT slide and inserting a graphic that validates your claim in the main content area (Markel).
The question, though, is whether the problem is inherent in the medium and technology, as Tufte maintains, or is the problem the result of poor design design and implementation? Markel agrees, and mentions that some of the best speeches that he remembers had no visuals at all. PowerPoint is like any other tool, because how well it functions is determined by the person using it. As Markel mentions in his article, using words and images can help the speaker connect to visual learners in the audience. Unfortunately, I could never design a presentation like this one, and I think many people are in the same boat as me.
Since so many schools require students to create PowerPoint and other presentations, students could likely benefit from a basic design class in middle or high school. If we choose to use PowerPoint as our medium, then I feel like we must be able to do the best with what we are given. As Chris Anderson stated in How to Give a Killer Presentation, “Don’t use a slide deck as a substitute for notes […] and don’t repeat out loud words that are on the slide.” If you look at a TED Talk in which the presenter uses a PPT (my favorite is My invention that made peace with lions), then you will notice that some things are better experienced visually with verbal comments and background information. I have experienced space limitations in my PPT slides in my module presentation about modalities.
The diagram above of an individual cell and its parts is a good example of drawing tools; it is an example of the tools that I should have applied to my module PPT presentation.
Therefore, the first step in using PowerPoint is to determine whether or not a visual aid is necessary. From this, you can conclude that I would also be bad at making a poster, a website, a t-shirt design or anything else you would find in a graphic designer’s portfolio.


I can see this when the two are put side-by-side, but it is much harder to take a blank slide and make it into something great!
Anything that is meant to present information in a creative way (magazine, flyer, billboard, commercial, etc.) practically requires an artist for it to turn out well, and PowerPoint is no different.
This may not completely solve the problem, but I think it would be a step in the right direction!
It is clear why PowerPoint is such a popular presentation tool: it is extremely user friendly and comes pre-installed on most computers. Microsoft supplies themes and layouts, but these are too basic to allow for a truly stand out presentation.
I will be making several references to Mike Markel’s Exploiting Verbal-Visual Synergy in Presentation Slides. Too often, I see presentations in which the speaker uses the PowerPoint to type up the entire speech, and just reads word for word from the slides. The question is, why are most of the PowerPoint presentations we are forced to sit through in life so terrible? Some critics blame the tool itself, but I disagree. Also, I will conclude by explaining how to be considerate of our pitch presentations in order to convey our messages and ideas successfully next week. I wanted to have both pictures side-by-side so that I could verbally compare and contrast how different audiences would react; however, if I would have done that, then my audience (our class) would not have been able to see everything because the examples would have been too small.
I think the real problem is that most of the people who use PowerPoint lack the keen eye for design that any visual presentation requires. This way, even those of us with no creativity whatsoever can have an aesthetically pleasing presentation.



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