Ironically filed under Corporate Intelligence on the Wall Street Journal’s website is an article, Did PowerPoint Ruin GM? by Joseph B. White. It’s an opinion piece whose central thrust is that, “Chief Executive Mary Barra can start fixing her company’s management culture”
PowerPoint is an incredibly useful tool, but like a Swiss Army knife, it isn't applicable to all situations. If you would never build a house with a Swiss Army knife, why would you write a report in PowerPoint?
Today is bad chart day. That's an unofficial, non-hallmark holiday. It happens today and every day in presentation land. Bad charts, ones that mislead, confuse, and generally make your Audience's eyes glaze
If you have an eight-year old, or know an eight-year old, you know that great storytelling doesn't come naturally. It's learned. "What did you do at school today?" We read ... and then ... played ... and then ... johnny said ... and then ... the teacher said ... and then ... so I said ... and then ...
The way we've learned to communicate is wrong. Denizens of business, deep in the world of operations reviews, presentations and pitches, are communicating past each other, drowning in a sea of PowerPoint. It seems the general rule of corporate culture is to put that on a deck, or put some slides together. Many of you reading this will have lived through that ritual.