PowerPoint is an extremely user-friendly slide show presentation program from Microsoft that was launched back in 1990 – which makes it 25 years old. The Baby Boomers grew up using it, Generation X tolerated it, Generation Y or Millenniums aren’t sure what to do with it since it’s as old as they are, and Generation Z will probably never use it. Even with updates every few years, can PowerPoint keep up with technology and appeal to the masses or are they the way of the dinosaur?
You might ask yourself, what’s wrong with PowerPoint? That same question was asked in an article from Business Insider. According to “Universities should ban PowerPoint – It makes students stupid and professors boring,” you can take a guess. The article addresses the issue of equating students’ preference for PowerPoints versus overhead transparencies with increased learning or grades. The article goes on to list why PowerPoint presentations “are toxic to education.” One reason is complex thinking. It’s believed that trying to present complex thoughts on a slide discourages deep analysis and understanding. Another objection is reasonable expectations. When slides are used, students expect detailed notes on assignments and tests.
In an article titled “Boring PowerPoints New Leading Cause of Death Among Healthcare Practitioners,” the topic of discussion is a study done by Dr. Steven Doldrums and Dr. Mara Tedium that was published in the Journal of Small Font & Uninteresting Topics. If you aren’t laughing yet, wait, it gets better! “Tedium states that standard PowerPoint presentation (SPPs) have a kill rate of 33% while “the most boring of boring” PowerPoints (TMBBPPs) have a kill rate of 100%”. According to the study, as the number of PowerPoint slides increased, so did the death rate. You can expect warnings of the risk for death on all future presentations thanks to the Food & Drug Administration. Doldrums asked, “Is this the death of PowerPoints? I hope so. PowerPoints and healthcare practitioners cannot coexist.”
Don’t worry, there’s good news…non-hazardous to your health alternatives do exist! Some alternatives include but are not limited to, PowToon, Prezi, Keynote, Prezintit, and SlideRocket, according to PowToon’s Awesome Blog, “10 Best PowerPoint Alternatives.” The blog is set up nicely because it gives a quick one-liner about the program, as well as the pros and cons. Depending on your needs, there is likely a PowerPoint alternative to suit you.
In Remi’s line of work, equipment maintenance management programs, management uses PowerPoints for employee, board, and investor recap meetings that often contain confidential information. Our sales reps use PowerPoints for initial presentations and the marketing staff have used them for webinars.
So, what is the best alternative out there for sales and marketing professionals? Is there a different alternative that’s better suited for higher ed and healthcare professionals? We’d like to hear from you…leave your thoughts on using PowerPoints presentations or some alternative in the comments section!