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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Death By PowerPoint redux

Yesterday the New York Times ran an article about how PowerPoint is used in the military. The picture here is a slide made famous for its obfuscation of meaning.

This military has PowerPoint as an inescapable reality of their daily life with many military leaders spending the majority of their time creating PowerPoint slides.

The problem isn't the program, but the purpose. If this is just a tool to display bullet points and and means for projecting your handouts, then stop. Stop it.

But if you are using software to display graphic information that adds to your talk and supplements your handouts, then you have the elements for transformational communication. The issue is not with the program, but with the presenters.

Is PowerPoint an inescapable reality in your church?

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