This is my favorite Dilbert video. It’s hilarious because it’s true.
1. Business audiences don’t read text documents. PowerPoint is replacing text documents in many businesses. Why? PowerPoint breaks ideas into discussion-sized chunks. PowerPoint forces brevity on writers. PowerPoint supports visuals.
2. PowerPoint can give the “illusion of understanding”. For some reason, ideas expressed in PowerPoint appear more authoratative than the same ideas expressed in a text document (even incoherent ideas) .
3. Audiences don’t speak up. We tolerate bad PowerPoint day after day. Asking a question makes us feel dumb. Why is that?
About the author: Bruce Gabrielle is author of Speaking PowerPoint: the new language of business, showing a 12-step method for creating clearer and more persuasive PowerPoint slides for boardroom presentations. Subscribe to this blog or join my LinkedIn group to get new posts sent to your inbox.