RE: non-parallelism - looking for the ok to let it go...

Subject: RE: non-parallelism - looking for the ok to let it go...
From: "Pinkham, Jim" <Jim -dot- Pinkham -at- voith -dot- com>
To: "Chris Despopoulos" <despopoulos_chriss -at- yahoo -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 08:25:40 -0500

True, but you raise a valid point, especially that last part about taking your audience into account. That's the main thing and the first thing. None of us go to a presentation just to see the PowerPoint. Otherwise, you could just send the slides and skip the presentation. Having lots of bulleted lists -- and inflicting those on the audience by reading them -- is a sure recipe for boredom faster than you can suppress a big yawn. Hopefully, the presenter adds a lot of value and a lot of elaboration to the slides, and reading them is almost nil. A technical audience may offer some leeway, but one of the useful rules of thumb that I've seen is that if a slide cannot be grasped in about seven seconds or less, it probably needs a redesign.

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Subject: Re: non-parallelism - looking for the ok to let it go...

Maybe this isn't a problem of translating engineer-speek into English, rather than a problem of translating slides into prose.  When a presenter delivers the talk around these slides does he just read the bullet lists?  Or does he elaborate on each level-2 point?  Rather than trying to rework the specific lists, I would consider that the lists are inappropriate outside of a power point presentation...  I'd start thinking about the elaboration each point needs. 

This said in complete ignorance of the actual content...
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