Should Power Point Presentation Be Banned? - CiteHR
Dinesh Divekar
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Training is transfer of learning. At the end of training at least 1 to 5% should have learnt something tangible. Then only its objective is fulfilled; otherwise not. In power point presentation the trainer prepares colourful slides copying standard and attractive vocabulary/phrases and presents. While doing so he will be with the ppt reading and explaining things. In the process he loses contact with participants. The participants will been enjoying the film show or chit chatting while the trainer turns to the ppt and reads and explains. In one of the training programs I attended in Bangalore, the trainer had come prepared with 90 slides!He could not do justice to all of them. As a result some of the slides he had to skip. What a waste of time! He did teaching, but the question is whether participants learnt anything useful and tangible, is million dollor question.:?: In the USA it is understood they have started banning power points presentation.The be st thing is our Gurukula system where the teacher and the taught are having face to face interactive sessions.:) I require your opinions and views on this. Not that ppt is useless. It can be used for mass information or releasing products for information and advertisement, publicity, but certainly not for learning.:huh:
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A simple and straightforward answer is NO; not all PowerPoint presentations. However poor presentations, which are used as a prop for lectures, should be. There is no need to "throw the baby with the dirty bath water", as the saying goes.
I suggest that people who think ppt presentations should be banned read what Alexander Maxwell of Victoria University, Wellington , NZ , has to say.
As a presenter and a teacher, I could not do without the ppt facility. How I wish It was there when I wa a student. We had to copy long-hand what our tutors wrote on the blackboard, with their back turned to the students.
Alexander Maxwell | Ban the Bullet-Point! Content-Based PowerPoint for Historians | The History Teacher, 41.1 | The History Cooperative
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Dear Subramanyam,
Anything in excess is always bad. No trainer should be driver by particular tool be it powerpoint or game or NLP. However, one swallow does not make a summer (or rather winter in your case).
You better attend my training programme sometime. I use all the methods of training viz. case studies, role plays, games & simulations, group activities and above all powerpoint presentations.
PowerPoint presentations save the time in a big way. These are stimulating too. It is your personal opinion to ban the presentations but hardly any participant would ever agree for that. Secondly, now a days selection of a training professional is on quality of the presentations.
Dinesh V Divekar
Dear Mr.M.J.S.
I use atleast 10 presentations in a 6 hours programme. I will not read them or I will not teach anything from them. Rather I will choose a couple of participants to read them and start discussing about the topic - since I will provide only hints, that will kindle their thoughts on it.
Since I provide presentations in local language also, participants find it easy to go through them.
When used in a right combination along with lecture, individual exercises, group activities and simple games, PowerPoint will be an important tool in a training programme. I believe it helps me a lot to deliver KEY POINTS in an easier way, which are being well received by most of my participants.
Dear Mr. M. J. Subramanayam
I feel sad that you have mentioned about one training experience only.
Choosing a trainer is entirely upon you, unless it is corporate program (participant nominated or must attend). Also, a tool (power point) can never be blamed if the training methodology was poorly designed as well as when training was not based upon training need assessment.
Lecture / Gurukul system is traditional approach of training whereas participatory approach is proved to be the best way to learn fast with higher level of involvement.
Mr. Subrahmanyam,
As many of the visitors expressed, I would like to join them saying that PPTs are still useful instruments in conducting workshops and training sessions. Probably, you would have been carried by a blog in where this topic is going on and many of them felt PPT is not necessary.
Yes, PPT is waste when there are there are long writings on the slide and the trainer keeps on reading. And secondly, only PPT would be boring and insipid.
But otherwise, PPTs help us giving direction both to the trainer and the participants. Second, it saves lot of time and writing necessary to be shown to the participants. Then, the training should be supplemented with case studies, role plays, games etc to have better involvment and interest. Thanks.
Hi Subramanyam,
PPT need not be banned. Its not PPT's fault. Its just that people dont know how to use it efficiently. Its just a guidline for the person who presents it. Power point is nothing but powerfully delivering the particular point. It itself says its "point", then why shld people go ahead writing stories and books. If people chit chat or enjoy the show its not the crowds fault but it lies in the other end. Gurukul learning is good but can this be available over the internet and in this age, no, I can access the PPT of a renowed person in Mkting or HR or anybody in the world in just a mouse click by paying or not paying. It is such a "gift" I mean it.... It takes quiet a long time to get into a book and get the perfect idea or concept or the methodology we would need but PPT makes it simple and sweet.
It purely depends on the person who creates any presentation and "banning PPT" has no word anywhere.
hi all,
i don't think that ppt should be banned. Its very easy to give a presentation using ppt. And it depends upon the trainer/presenter about how he/she uses the ppt. If the trainer is using ppt only as a document to read, its the fault on his/her side, but for that why we are criticising the technology. If the ppt is made so attractive, it may develop interest in the mind of some listeners....
rohit garg
PP is a powerful tool if used properly. First of all it attracts the participants . Only thing is that we should nto make too many slides . Maintain eye contact with participants. This requires bit of home work for the presentor so he can maintain direct contact with participants and evince good interest.
Let us use the good things and leave bad things from the technology but should not totally throw away the things !
B.Dakshina murty
Dear Friends, Not all ppts to be banned . coz sometimes we need to look suffosticated (sophisticated) and now a days people value stylish and advanced things rather than contemperary

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