This is an interesting way of looking at PowerPoint presentations. I have heard a prominent Indian consultant say “In PowerPoint Presentations, there is no Power and no Point; hence I don’t use it.” I for one don’t believe that PowerPoint cannot make a powerful point. I question the creation of many presentations. While I respect John Kotter’s point of view here, I seriously think the true use of PowerPoint is being forgotten. It was never a tool to replace powerful notes or creative documents; it wasn’t intended to. PowerPoint and any other slide presenter is a very useful and creative tool to engage audiences, to leave them a visual message and most importantly to ensure a message is effectively conveyed.
I have used PowerPoint very effectively. While posting them on sharing slides I have had more than 4500 views of about 15 presentations. That is significant considering that most of these are related to courses I teach.
I invite comments on this blog and on my thoughts. – Vivek Mehra
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I am currently the MD & CEO of SAGE Publications India. But I wear many hats that make me the person I am. Between the (public) professional life and the very deep and private recesses of my brain lies a universe of thoughts, actions and beliefs. These have been shaped by events, people and perhaps Karma. It's this universe I seek to put in words. When everything else failed me professionally, it was the power of my words that not just resurrected a career but brought back life to life. It is with these words that I continue to make a difference with those whose karma connects mine. Sometimes it's direct and most times it's not. But the essence of who I am never changes and I remain a person searching for himself. Update: In 2014 I published my first book on Kindle. It was written in 1999 and it never saw the light of day. Reader input welcome... http://tinyurl.com/7shadesofgrey