What is Wrong With Many Presentations Uploaded to SlideShare or How Seth Godin Changed Our Frame of Reference

Written by Natasha Goncharova on . Posted in Blog, Presentations

For quite some time, I have been perplexed why the PowerPoint presentations uploaded to SlideShare are so not informative. A sentence, a flashy image, next slide — repeat. Tonight, I think I’ve figured out why it is the case and what the problem with these presentations is…

It appears that by now most people (who create power point presentations) have read Seth Godin’s Really Bad PowerPoint and have started following his advice. The problem is that his advice was for the presentations you PRESENT, not upload. When you present, people see the image (form an emotion), listen to you talk, and, if you present well, later they will remember/associate your words with the image. This is not true for uploaded presentations! Your (spoken) words are not communicated there, so when I spend a minute on a presentation and see 20-30 (great) stock images, I often have no idea what you were trying to say, or I feel the whole thing could have been communicated with 2-3 images/slides. I believe those presentations that are uploaded to SlideShare should have more than one sentence per slide and should actually educate readers about the subject matter (and possibly form an emotion).

Uploaders missed this point: “Don’t hand out print-outs of your slides. They don’t work without you there.” They essentially print (read: upload) presentations, but the presentations suffer without their authors.

Yes, I get it — no one will be creating two versions of ppt for presenting AND for SlideShare. Too bad. As a result, many of the uploaded ones are useless, imho. :)

Paul G. Silva – thanks for the hint, even if you did not mean it. :)

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