Why Are Your PowerPoints So Bad? (Hint: Its Not Your Fault)

What would we do without Microsoft PowerPoint? How would we communicate with each other?

PowerPoint was developed by engineers as a tool to help them communicate with the marketing department—and vice versa. The programmers behind PowerPoint saw it as a clever hack—a way to save time and money instead of creating slides the old fashioned way. Once unleashed, though, PowerPoint took on a life of its own.

It’s a remarkable tool because it allows very dense verbal communication. Yes, you can send a memo, but no one reads anymore. As our companies are getting faster and faster, we need a way to communicate ideas from one group to another. Enter PowerPoint.

PowerPoint could be the most powerful tool on your computer. But it’s not. It’s actually a dismal failure. Almost every PowerPoint presentation sucks rotten eggs. And much of the fault lies with Microsoft.

Microsoft has built wizards and templates right into PowerPoint. And those “helpful” tools are the main reason that we’ve got to live with page after page of bullets, with big headlines and awful backgrounds. Let’s not even get started on the built-in clip art.

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