PowerPoint kills people

Marcus Brown had, like me, enough opportunity to ask himself a question that he’s now asking his blog readers:

How many times have you wasted an hour of your life in a rubbish presentation? It’s horrible isn’t it? You sit there, glued to your chair whilst some suit stands in front of you droning on about something.

And Marcus thinks that it’s time to do something about it. So he made a set of rules that will, if not improve a presentation, at least make it more entertaining:

  1. When the presenter says “this is interactive, please ask questions if you have any” I’m going to stand up and ask him/her why he’s/she’s here. In fact I intend to question everything.
  2. If he/she starts using words that I have banned or don’t understand I’m going to stand up and ask what the word means. I will do this because I am convinced that they do not know what the word means.
  3. If the presenter is boring me I intend to tell them (not show them), and I intend to tell them why.
  4. If the presenter reads the bullet points word for word then I will join them. I will read their bullet points word for word too. In fact I may sing along.
  5. If the terms “ducks in a row”, “pushing the envelope” or any other bullshit terms are used in the presentation I will stand up and turn my back to the presenter and wait for an apology.
  6. If the presentation reaches slide 32 I will leave the room.
  7. If the presenter has slides with more than twenty words I will stand up and demand pictures and a hand book.
  8. If the presenter shows me a list of clients, or worse a slide full of client logos I will stand up, take out my wallet walk to the presenter and show him pictures of my children.
  9. If the presenter hasn’t managed to make me laugh within the first 2 minutes I will start laughing.
  10. If the presentation is a corporate template I will leave the room before the presentation starts.

Isn’t it a great new year’s resolution to put those rules into use when Death By PowerPoint is imminent? I do think so.

(via PlanetSab)