In a recent workshop, one of my participants shared a story about his 7th grade daughter. She has to prepare and present a book report, and her teacher is requiring a minimum of 20 PowerPoint slides. What is the message being sent here?
More disturbing news. Young people entering the workforce have just been exposed to college professors who read from PowerPoint slides. Then they are bombarded during company on-boarding with PowerPoint slides. They witness their senior leaders abusing PowerPoint. What is the message being sent to them?
I'm afraid it is going to get worse before it gets better.
Now for the good news! It does not take much to stand above this valley of underwhelming presenters. When you know your topic, prepare well, and can make eye contact with people instead of a screen, then you become a powerful and persuasive communicator!