If we were left bleeding in a ditch like Cool Hand Luke, and were succinctly notified — what we’ve got here is a failure to communicate — we might all get a little better at communicating. There’s nothing like a painful lesson but, usually, that doesn’t happen. Most often, when communication breaks down, nothing happens. There is no message, just missage.
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 ...