The Quality of Presentations
Daragh O Brien
As you read this, people are sitting in conference venues around the globe, almost invariably reading PowerPoint. While the presenter drones on, the audience is only half-listening because they’re too busy trying to figure out if that last animation dissolve actually meant anything or if it just happened to be there.
Like most attendees, I find myself impressed by many speakers at conferences, but disappointed by others. In the latter case, the presentation medium, usually PowerPoint, works against the presenter and obscures the message, and the session becomes less informative than I might have expected. The problem literally lies in the quality of the presentation.
In this article I show how applying the Plan-Do-Check-Act framework on our powerpoint presentations can improve our effectiveness as presenters.