My final paper was due for my graduate class on Monday night, and I was feeling relieved to turn in my 20-something page beast. I was also excited to share my paper topic with others, and I developed an informal presentation as required.
When I got to class, I noticed a fellow classmate checking her Prezi on the computer up front. Other classmates filed in and double-checked PowerPoints on flash drives. I kept asking, “You created a PowerPoint for this?” I kept hearing in reply, “I just put my notes on the slides so I can keep myself on track.” I should have known the “presentations” were about to get ugly.
Out of 15 students, about 10 used PowerPoint. And when I say “used” PowerPoint, I mean misused and abused PowerPoint. One young lady had one slide with more than 75 words on it. One woman used the bounce transition (among 5 others) to stack pictures one on top of the other. Most people just read their slides word-for-word.
Did I mention I am enrolled in a COMMUNICATION graduate program?!
Presentations today never cease to amaze me. Just when I think the presentation revolution has taken hold, I’m forced to sit through two hours of torturous slide reading and documents displayed on a white board.
Presentation Revolutionaries: How do you get back up after you’re knocked down by death-by-PowerPoint?