People seemed to enjoy a previous blog post on Ten things PowerPoint presenters shouldn’t say – but do.  So here’s the follow up, more dross and drivel they perpetrate.  All guaranteed genuine.

  1. I’ll just highlight the key words with the light pointer…it’s the red dot…eeerrm it’s just there…just, just above where it is now…no, there…it waggles around a bit but I’m sure you get the point
  2. Ooops, spot the deliberate mistake!  It should of course read public toilets with an “l”.  I did ask the PA to spellcheck it so I’ll be having words later
  3. It might be a bit rough and ready.  I’ve been rather busy and I threw it together a bit quickly last night
  4. Unfortunately the minister can’t be here so he’s asked me to read his slides for him
  6. Sorry, it’ll just take a few minutes to change over to my Apple.  I didn’t realise people still used PCs
  7. I didn’t realise the text would be a bit tricky to read on that colour background
  8. Oh, it seems to have fallen off the edge of the slide there.  Well what it should say is…
  9. The yellow line on the graph hasn’t really shown up on the screen but it shows the increase in the number of applications over the last five years
  10. Ah, that’s supposed to show an updated summary of the consultation response. Damn, I’ve used an earlier draft.  If you bear with me I’ll just get the updated version from the desktop
  11. I’ll just leave the last slide up while I take some questions…what, the screensaver?…oh, that’s my wedding photo, er…

Finally, the PowerPoint horror to end all PowerPoint horrors, the Afghanistan conflict explained

My thanks to correspondents on this blog and on the LGID communities of practice web site whose comments and suggestions I have used as inspiration – Nigel Blake, Annika Coughlin, Tim Games, Tom Gorman, Liz Grieve, Jon King, David McLean,Vijay Patel, Alistair Tait and David Trim.  Anyone serious about this subject could also join SAPP – the Swiss Anti-PowerPoint Party.

Footnote 9 September 2011: Tweet from Australian blogger and Tweeter Craig Thomler @craigthomler at the Australian Marketing Institute Government Marketing and Communications Conference 2011 – “My key learnings from #amigov2011 – the more stylish the slides, the less engaging the presentation. Personal experiences work best.”