RFI: PowerPoint

I am working on a project on the efficacy of PowerPoint in the workplace.  (I have a lot of pokers in the fire right now.)  At any rate, I would appreciate some answers to a few questions…

  • What experience do you have with the software?  As a presenter?  As an audience member?
  • How does it’s use affect your thinking, thought processes, and attention span?
  • In which industry were you using PowerPoint? 
  • Were you using it more as a presentation tool, or as an electronic communication tool (ex: building PowerPoint slides and emailing them).
  • What other media does your organization used for communications, presentations, and meetings?
  • Is PowerPoint used when more effective media (papers, pamphlets, whiteboards) are available?
  • Does use of PowerPonit reduce or enhance communication?  How has it improved or reduced the communication capability of your workforce?  How has it affected literacy?  Do people know how to write and present their thoughts?
  • Do people use PowerPoint as a crutch?

Please comment below, or send an e-mail to me:  smitteneagle [AT] gmail [DOT] com.

3 Responses to RFI: PowerPoint

  1. zenpundit says:

    Hi SE

    Check out Garr Reynold’s Presentation Zen (book and website)



    Sliderocket beats powerpoint but it’s only in beta right now

    Also Edward Tufte


  2. smitteneagle says:


    I’m a big fan of Tufte, (I own his PowerPoint monnograph, and one of his posters adorns my home office).

    I’ll check out the other links…thanks Mark.

  3. purpleslog says:

    There used to be a blog (and later a book) called “Beyond Bullets” on using power point differently. It might have discussions on this.

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