It’s a Real Crime …

“Death by PowerPoint”

“PowerPoint presentations may not have actually killed anyone, but they’ve sure killed many an idea.”  says Tom Fishburne

Recently Tom Fishburne, Marketoonist posted a thoughtful and light-hearted observation about how we misuse our favorite presentation application. He likened it to a crime scene.  Click on his name to read the whole article and see the many responses.

Here’s an edited version of my thoughts about this:

Thanks for the great image. I love the idea of a crime scene, since so many presentations involve the use of deadly force through PowerPoint.

PowerPoint is only the weapon of choice, not the perpetrator of the crime. That requires a human touch.

We misuse PowerPoint just like we have misused other media in the past and will undoubtedly continue in the future.


Those of us who have a message to deliver will forget to meet the needs of their audience in their haste to share what seems so important and clear to them.

We think we are communicating because we hear what we want to hear, and not what we are actually saying.


Those of us who fear communicating in public from the “hot seat” will allow that fear to overwhelm our ability to communicate.

Reading slides is absolutely mind-numbing, but it is also safe.


Those of us who are just doing our job will take the path of least resistance, which may be the biggest sin committed by someone using PowerPoint.

Easy to use the template, download all your content to the screen, bullet-point everything, and read the slides (just in case we miss anything). After all, the pay is the same, right?

So how do YOU violate the “Law” when using PowerPoint?

Wondering how I can stay away from a life of crime with my daily use of PowerPoint in the Heartland ….