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Why I should not be allowed to use PowerPoint [Jul. 21st, 2008|06:08 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

So, I'm trying to put together slides for a talk at Code n' Splode tomorrow. My talk is supposed to be about my experience in the ICFP Programming Contest this year.

So far, I have eleven slides. I have an 800-word crib sheet, but half of my slides have nothing on them but pictures, and for the ones that do have text, it's often just numbers and punctuation. I am not even kidding. Also, so far my slides and my crib sheet are about

  • The history of ICFP and the contest
  • What functional programming is
  • Why I like functional programming
  • Scott McCloud

Please note that exactly none of these are what my talk is supposed to be about. Clearly, this is going to be the best Code n' Splode talk ever!

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[User Picture]From: billings
2008-07-22 01:27 am (UTC)
Dude, just write down the things you want to talk about and memorize the entire damned thing.

If I have learned anything about powerpoint, it is that powerpoint does not care about how pretty it is. Powerpoint does not care if you don't put quite enough information in it. All powerpoint wants to do is be your bitch, and to have a different slide every few minutes or so.
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[User Picture]From: billings
2008-07-22 01:27 am (UTC)
I am not a recognized authority on powerpoint btw
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[User Picture]From: deepdistraction
2008-07-22 04:25 pm (UTC)
Agreed. PowerPoint has ruined many a presentation in that the presenter relies on it to get the point across instead of using his/her brain and everyday communication skills. It's merely a tool, and an overused one at that.
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[User Picture]From: keystricken
2008-07-22 02:02 am (UTC)
Powerpoint is grossly overrated; human speech is much more interesting. If you stand up there with your 800-word crib sheet, and maybe a Powerpoint "splash page" or something, I'm positive you will be charming, engaging, and informative. Go out there and inspire some more ICFP nerds next year.

(Incidentally, public policy loves Powerpoint, so I will be enduring it for the rest of my life.)
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[User Picture]From: keystricken
2008-07-22 02:32 am (UTC)
On that note, when will you be speaking?
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-07-22 05:37 am (UTC)
6:15 at CubeSpace! Please do come!
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[User Picture]From: jkirk
2008-07-22 02:58 am (UTC)
As someone who has to do presentations more often than I like, more pictures and less words on the slides themselves is better. You know what you're talking about, let the audience see graphics that help make your point rather than reading what you're saying.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-07-22 05:41 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah. That's why I'm doing it this way. It's just that my slides, by themselves, are kind of hilarious and would make no sense out of the context of the rest of the talk.
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[User Picture]From: gorthx
2008-07-22 06:13 am (UTC)
sounds perfect! :) Can't wait.
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[User Picture]From: gorthx
2008-07-22 04:23 am (UTC)
Clearly, this is going to be the best Code n' Splode talk ever!

damn right!!!
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[User Picture]From: stacy_bird
2008-07-22 07:52 pm (UTC)
Aye, that it will be! The best talk in the history of Code n' Splode!!! :)
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