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I love this PowerPoint presentation on technology gender politics: “What it Takes to Be a Digital Woman” by Taly Weiss.  I found it through a Slideshare recommendation.  That site is way to smart for its own good – it makes me want to look at slides all day long, which kind of says a lot since I hate PowerPoints as a learning tool…

“What does it take to be a digital woman?”

  1. What It Takes To Be a Digital Woman | Librarian by Day Says:

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  2. Jaclyn McKewan Says:

    I’m not crazy about PowerPoint either, but a lot of it has to do with Slideshare.

    My feeling is, there are three components to a presentation:
    -visuals for the audience
    -a handout to look at later
    -notes/outline for the speaker

    Most speakers use PowerPoint to do all three things, and come across very wordy. My opinion is, if the slides can be understood without having to see the presentation itself (ie, if you can understand them on Slideshare) then they are way too wordy. The slides should *supplement* the talk, and not replace it. I think the mark of a good PowerPoint deck is that it *doesn’t* stand alone as a presentation without the speaker there to talk. This is why I always shake my head when I see bloggers writing about “I did a presentation on ABC at the XYZ conference, and here are my slides…” Because if the slides were any good, I shouldn’t be able to understand them without the context of the presentation. And if I CAN understand them, then that means the presentation wasn’t as good as it could have been. Not to mention all the speakers who simply use PowerPoint in lieu of notes – the slides are their personal teleprompter, used so that the don’t have to memorize anything.

    My thought is, if presenters want a handout, or want a way for non-attendees to get the information, then a separate handout should be made. More work? Yes. But a better presentation? Definitely.

    My presenting style has been influenced a lot by the PresentationZen blog – the writer there blogs a lot about using slides mainly as a visual aid, not as a speaker’s outline or a handout. Great stuff!

    Sorry for the rant, but bad PowerPoints are one of my pet peeves. :)

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