Wednesday, January 27, 2010
PowerPoint or no PowerPoint
It depends on the speaker, in my opinion.
When you can hear a speaker who is really good and keeps everyone's attention by his rhetorical skills or personality, aside from the spell-binding content, it is a real treat. Dr. Patrick, whom I mention sometimes, is one of those. Everyone says it was fabulous in terms of both content and delivery when he's finished. He loves talking, he is very bright, knowledgeable and experienced and we gladly hang on every word. He uses not a single picture, and we don't need any. He could talk all day and we could listen all day.
When you have someone who loves talking, BUT is not as organized or disciplined in doing so, getting sidetracked, irrelevant or repetitive, PowerPoint is a great way to keep him on the straight and narrow.
PowerPoint can be abused, as when the speaker is not a speaker but a slide reader.
If there is going to be a lot of content people are supposed to remember, a PowerPoint is nice, you can just print off notes for them.
Anyhow, PowerPoint can make things a lot more interesting and easily comprehended by adding outlines and images.
Regarding the use of images on the other hand: one pastor told me that because the power is in the word, he does not like to rely on images. I said: " Yea, but... Jesus came in the flesh,... and he told very picturesque and creative stories." Which, he says, is all fine, but he thinks the word should not be buried in the image overload. I don't know what to make of that. I read lots. I don't need pictures. But I really like pictures. I have eyes. Vision is a wonderful God-given sense.
Those are my pro's and con's on Power Point.