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We Put PowerPoint On Trial


Is PowerPoint guilty of numbing minds, wasting countless hours, and generally degrading communication in our sector (not to mention the wider world)? Or has an innocent software been unfairly accused simply because the people who use it don’t know how?

Members of the Communications Network were invited to sit in judgment on PowerPoint in a special “trial” held recently.

Our jury was asked to decide:

  • Whether PowerPoint has changed the way we communicate for the worse.
  • Whether PowerPoint by its very nature forces presenters to create bad presentations.
  • And finally whether PowerPoint should be banned from use by all doers-of-good.

The Attorney for the Prosecution was Colin Rowan, widely considered the finest legal mind ever to graduate from Tijuana Law School. Rowan brought a personal stake to this case: when he was only 6, Rowan’s father was tragically bored to death by a 350-slide PowerPoint presentation. (In his spare time, Rowan serves as principal of Rowan Communication, an Austin-based consulting firm serving nonprofits and other good causes.)

The Attorney for the Defense was Andy Goodman, who is no stranger to defending unpopular causes. Besides PowerPoint, he has served as counsel to disco music, car alarms, and those Alvin and the Chipmunks movies, including “The Squeakquel”. (In his spare time, Goodman is knitting a cozy for his new iPad.

To view the webinar and see how the jury decided, click here.

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