Facing a misuse of “Power”

HR cannot afford to have people walk away thinking you’ve wasted their time.
By Scott Stratten
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/30/2001

I can’t stand poorly run meetings. Too many people talking, distracted participants, the list goes on. But, there’s one thing worse than a bad meeting: a generic PowerPoint presentation. Unfortunately, just like bad meetings, there are too many cases of PowerPoint misuses when it comes time for speakers to take their turn at the podium.

The reason why such presentations are worse than a meeting is that they represent one-way communication. If it’s bad, there is no way for the listener to make it better. You can change the course of a meeting, but with a bad presentation it’s a case of “click on the LCD projector, dim the lights and settle in!”

Speakers should be concerned only with one thing when presenting to an audience, be it internal or external. That is, “Has the audience come away from this with information that was in-line with the original point of the presentation?” If people leave your presentation confused and wondering what the point was, your presentation has failed.