Wednesday, August 17, 2011

PowerPoint Fatigue

For those organizations and individuals who swear by PowerPoint and who can't make a presentation without it, listen carefully!!! PowerPoint presentations are the next 8-track! Those who come to your presentations are PowerPoint overloaded to say the least, and PowerPoint fatigued at worst. When the wonderful presentation software made its debut, it was great, even cool. Flip charts could finally be left in the closet. We now had a high-tech method to get our information across. And get it across we did. We chose every weird transition between slides as possible--fade from left to right, right to left, dissolve, swirl--if it was available we used it. And of course, each slide transition had a sound to accompany it. Cool at first. Outdated today.

Today people really do want to be involved in the presentation. PowerPoint today creates mindless involvement and passive participation at best. It is a medium that's had its day. It is overused to a fault and to the detriment of good presentations. Never use it again, you ask? Well that would not be practical. PowerPoint for getting information across can be a helpful tool. But it cannot be the centerpiece of your presentation.

So, next time you're asked if you need a screen and LCD for your presentation, say, "No way!" Work hard to create an interesting, captivating, and informative presentation. Bring out the flip chart, and leave PowerPoint at home!

See ya around!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

All Thumbs!!!

Well before I actually begin the content for this blog, you should know that I am writing this and posting it online all in real time from 32,000 feet. Flying on Delta to San Diego with onboard Wifi. Amazing!!!

So we get to the gate today, and it was a strange sight. One that I had not ever really seen or perhaps noticed before. Perhaps because I have been one of the culprits. Looking down the aisles of seats, of course all I could see was waiting passengers. But what I saw was perplexing. I only saw tops of heads . . . and thumbs flying. That's right!!!! All thumbs. At least 15 of the 25 people seated there were whizzing on their Blackberry's or iPhones. Tops of heads and thumbs a blazing!

I believe that evolution is already kicking in, because I looked at my own thumbs and I actually believe they are getting longer but thinner. Longer to be able to handle the full size of the keyboard. Thinner to be able to hit just the letters I want.

No one was talking . . . just thumbs a banging. No one noticed anyone else around them . . . just thumbs a whirring. No one paid attention to anything else . . . just thumbs a blurring.

I'm not really sure what all this means. I'm not going to editorialzie today. Just observing.

Maybe you'd like to comment and we'll get the conversation started!

BTW--we land in 2.5 hours!

See ya around!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Resurrection Connection

We've been reminded! He is risen! He is alive! He lives!

See you around!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday

It's Friday . . . But Sunday's coming!

Nuff said!

See ya around.