PowerPoint advice

Subject: PowerPoint advice
From: "Darren Barefoot" <darren -at- capulet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 26 May 2003 10:37:41 -0700

PowerPoint has a lot to answer for. I think it's been responsible for
the dumbing-down of public speaking the world over. Instead of writing a
speech, people make a PowerPoint file and then muddle their way through
the presentation. I've heard of companies that have outlawed PowerPoint
because it's such a time-suck and tend to encourage laziness and
shorthand. Why bother articulating and talking out an issue if you've
got an animated graph?

So, I've been searching the Web for advice on how to use PowerPoint
responsibly (how's this for irony: http://tinyurl.com/cp8q). I wanted to
buy Edward Tufte's 'The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint'
(http://www.edwardtufte.com/1472288704/tufte/books_pp), but instead of
paying for it and downloading the thing, I've got wait for the snail
mail version, and then pay another freakin' US $20 (on top of the
entirely fair US $7 sticker price) to get it shipped by airmail to

I've got a couple of sizable presentations coming up. Does anybody have
any resources or advice on the correct use of PowerPoint? Just to point
out the obvious, I'm not looking for tips on how to make star-themed

<bad pun>
Because, as Spiderman teaches us, with great PowerPoint comes great
</bad pun>

Darren Barefoot
'This is for those who descend into the code
and make their room a fridge for Superman'


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