How NOT to use PowerPoint

Barack Obama?s "Yes We Can" speech injustice in PowerPoint

This is a mock-up of a slide deck from Barack Obama – "Yes we Can" speech. It was not created by Obama, but were created by a blogger to demonstrate how poor slides can ruin a presentation.

Let's go through it slide by slide.

All slides: The template is boring. It is one of the default templates that is installed with PowerPoint 2003. The lime green does not work.

Agenda: You are giving a speech, not running a day long seminar – you don't need an agenda slide.

Thank you: Thanking people is great (and important), but do you need a slide for it?

Sides 4-10: Such great opportunity to use visuals lost (change, time, diversity, status-quo, challenges, hope etc)

Slide 6: Can the people in the back row read the text? They will spend their time trying to read the slide, and miss what you are saying.

Slide 9: At last, some pictures, but clipart? How about some high-quality stock-photos illustrating your point?

Slide 11: The pot of gold is just cheezy.

What else could have been changed?

3 thoughts on “How NOT to use PowerPoint”

  1. It is almost so bad that its somehow more sincere. I mean, a PR or Marketing consultant never got to lay eyes on it, this is RAW.

    But you’re totally dead on, its like a case study of a bad presentation.

  2. Thanks for the comment – but to clarify – slides were not created by Obama, but were created by a blogger to demonstrate how poor slides can ruin a presentation.

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