If you don’t work in an office setting and you’ve never received a 30-page PowerPoint presentation outlining someone’s latest and greatest new business idea, you might not appreciate this post.
Everyone else will understand what I mean when I say some of the greatest lessons I’ve learned in life…or should I say “insights I’ve gained”…have come from PowerPoint presentations that my coworkers have given.
PowerPoint presentations teach us that:
- Even the most dumbass idea looks intelligent if you present it with colorful charts and graphs.
- It is actually possible to say the exact same thing three hundred and fifty different ways.
- If you don’t have anything worthwhile to say, you can cover it up by telling meaningless stories. It will take people a while to figure out that you aren’t really making any point.
- Use big words if you want to hide the fact that you’re dumb as shit. Throw into the discussion phrases like “synergy savings” “best practices” and “core competencies.”
- Men are like children — If you want them to pay attention, you have to present information with music and colorful animation.
- Encourage people to express their opinions. Once they get going, you can tune out and think about your plans for the weekend.
- Almost every really good idea can be summed up in two sentences. If it takes longer than that to explain, someone is trying to pull one over on you.