This is the interesting questions I just discoverd on the internet. Three top speakers and presentation coaches were interviewd : Jim Endicott, Julie Terberg and Nancy Duarte. All three of them known in the States as giants in the field of creating effective and compelling presentations. Nancy Duarte and her team designed the slides for Oscar winning ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ of Al Gore. I have summarized what intrigued me most and that is this : there is hope for boring presentations ! Why ? Well, first of all, these past few months they have experienced that more and more people are willing to use more visual slides in stead of bullits or text slides. People they have coached experience, as I have experienced with people I have coached, that it is so much more fun to present with these simple slides. You feel free and not forced at all to use all these words on the slide. Not only these people have experienced that, I have experienced it myself, and so have these three ‘giants’ apparently. Because they are keynote speakers as well who walk their talk.
On top of that a new generation is slowly entering businesses. A generation that was raised with computers. Even my 5 year old can work with a computer already as he works with it at school ! These people have been using PowerPoint for presentations at school. And when they join a business they will probably not want to change their presentations into the well known text presentations. So I’m an optimist and I truly believe that there is actually hope and we can stop writing protests like ‘Death by PowerPoint’ (which is great by the way…)
You can listen to the whole interview at www.talk.presentationsroundtable.com