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Swiss political party determined to ban Powerpoint

Found this amusing....
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology...witzerland-ban
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Re: Swiss political party determined to ban Powerpoint

Hope they hurry up, supposed to be working on a PP presentation now and not looking forward to it. Any chance they'll get them banned by lunch?
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Re: Swiss political party determined to ban Powerpoint

oh that would be a godsend!!!!
I LOATHE Powerpoint and will do everything to help manage its eradication from the planet.
How much money do they need to support their campaign? Do they need anyone to canvass door-to-door for them?

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I love google: http://www.anti-powerpoint-party.com/

Based on the multiple language availability of their website, this could be the counter-party to the SVP!
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oh that would be a godsend!!!!
I LOATHE Powerpoint and will do everything to help manage its eradication from the planet.
How much money do they need to support their campaign? Do they need anyone to canvass door-to-door for them?
Maybe they need someone to design posters with black boots marching over rooms full of bored people, or of a menacing looking guy subtitled, "Ivan S., Power Point user".
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Re: Swiss political party determined to ban Powerpoint

I can see why they haven't had many signatures... last week I had to sit through a PowerPoint presentation that had been printed onto transparencies and was projected via an overhead projector... with lots of faffing around inserting the special sheets of paper in between each transparency after it had been used so they didn't stick together...

I mean, I know interactive whiteboards are expensive, but not even a data projector?
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Re: Swiss political party determined to ban Powerpoint

The real problem isn't Powerpoint though, is it?

It's people who don't know how to present, and who think that the essence of a good presentation is to fill up 20 slides with 20 lines of text each, then to read the text out word for word in front of an audience.

I'm always amazed by how many people in very senior management - for whom a significant part of their job is giving convincing and interesting presentations - simply don't have a clue how to present.
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The real problem isn't Powerpoint though, is it?

It's people who don't know how to present, and who think that the essence of a good presentation is to fill up 20 slides with 20 lines of text each, then to read the text out word for word in front of an audience.

I'm always amazed by how many people in very senior management - for whom a significant part of their job is giving convincing and interesting presentations - simply don't have a clue how to present.
Well also there's the culture that every meeting requires at powerpoint presentation. You can spend 20 hours working on a ppt for a 1 hour meeting. it's a waste of time. And if it's not your presentation style to use slides then it's an even bigger waste of time.
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Re: Swiss political party determined to ban Powerpoint

New political party is launched Been there done that - merge threads??
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Oddball political party reported by the Guardian from the nation that boasts this political party...
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Re: Swiss political party determined to ban Powerpoint

They'd get my vote!

Reminds of Edward Tufte's great article on the communication failures at NASA due to Powerpoint culture and its role in the Columbia disaster:
http://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-...?msg_id=0001yB

Closer to home, my employer chastises me for not conforming to slide-ism. Their 'optimal' slides are crammed with so much text and graphics, that no one can actually read them without a pair of binoculars (some content is below the resolution of the projector too). I prefer to write concise research memos that build an argument towards a result that can be consumed asynchronously. Slides are useful for anything that can't be described well in words, e.g. charts. But, I'm in a minority, probably because of my science background.

Anyway, think I'll go and sign-up.
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Well also there's the culture that every meeting requires at powerpoint presentation.
That's true as well... I can remember going into a meeting where I was presenting with just a sheet of handwritten bullet points for my own reference, and getting surprised looks as though somehow I wasn't quite doing it right or there was something missing.
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Quite so.

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nice---do you have a template for this for my next ppt?
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Re: Swiss political party determined to ban Powerpoint

The world has gone mad
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Re: Swiss political party determined to ban Powerpoint

What an utter, ridiculous waste of time, energy and money. I've said this before, Powerpoint is a perfectly fine tool, if you know how to use the frigging thing.
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What an utter, ridiculous waste of time, energy and money. I've said this before, Powerpoint is a perfectly fine tool, if you know how to use the frigging thing.
Reference my previous comments about MS Office. #!(*%#(*&U
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Powerpoint is a perfectly fine tool, if you know how to use the frigging thing.
Exactly. And it's not hard. Once you get the hang of how to get multiple fonts onto a page to make it look pretty and how to use animation, transitions and sound, then everything else takes care of itself.
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Re: Swiss political party determined to ban Powerpoint

I think there are certainly better causes to fight for in this world than for the PPT.
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The real problem isn't Powerpoint though, is it?

It's people who don't know how to present, and who think that the essence of a good presentation is to fill up 20 slides with 20 lines of text each, then to read the text out word for word in front of an audience.

I'm always amazed by how many people in very senior management - for whom a significant part of their job is giving convincing and interesting presentations - simply don't have a clue how to present.
True, but whereas a good presenter can use Power Point to further improve their delivery, poor presenters frequently use Power Point as an excuse to give up altogether on even attempting to present well. For example they focus on their slides or on the computer and so completely forget about things such as eye contact or interacting with their audience. For the latter, a ban on power point would definitely help improve things.

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For presentations generally, a ban on the latter character would definitely help improve things.
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