What do you do if you’re watching a bullet-point presentation and you just can’t take it anymore? An anonymous writer describes the pain we’ve all felt in that situation in an eloquent and witty article in Managing Information Strategies magazine, saying:
"I’ve been tearing my hairs out – both of them – trying to work out how to communicate my frustration and boredom to the usually oblivious presenter. But being in an audience is like being in a restaurant: it’s against the rules to wave, stand or call out – you can only communicate by eye contact and, in extreme circumstances, by closing them. No one ever asks for feedback, so I do what everyone does: stay quiet and just never buy from that person again."
It would be too easy to blame the presenter, because we have all been that presenter. My theory remains that we collectively have simply not seen a better way to do things yet, so we quietly endure the unendurable. But that aside, it does strike me in postings like these that there is a strong undercurrent of emotion when it comes to such presentations, as indicated by terms such as "frustration" and even "evil."
It would be interesting to take the PowerPoint temperature and see where we are today when it comes to the typical bullet point presentation. As an audience member, do you think things are getting better, or do you detect a simmering sentiment of frustration? Leave a comment with your take on today’s temperature….