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Wednesday, December 03, 2003

.ppt: just say no

Speaking of Norvig, I got a kick out of his argument against the use of PowerPoint. It's funny how a little thing like that can make you world-famous, when it looks pretty insignificant on a resume full of really impressive stuff.

Anyway, with my not-nearly-so-impressive but semi-professorial background, I find myself in agreement of all those who say: I teach best in the traditional way, speaking/lecturing about the topic, perhaps speaking from a simple outline, and occasionally wandering over to the chalkboard or whiteboard to write down an important number. (Then again, "teaching" at the postsecondary level also makes the assumption that people will have done "the readings" prior to attending class, something that seemingly doesn't apply at many business conferences, trade shows, etc.)

So, although I do my best to be Captain Clip Art and Bobby Bullet Point, like many, I pretty much don't like PowerPoint.

And to see how much I don't like it, ladies and gentlemen, catch my act on Dec. 10 at the Laugh Factory in Chicago, or the following night at Ha-Ha's in Dayton.

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