"I think that bad powerpoint presentations are a serious threat to our global economy" says John Bohannon in his recent TED Talk from TEDxBrussels. How serious? Well, John estimates that at least $250 million in time are wasted every day in meetings where little to no information is exchanged because of bad powerpoint. Now I'm not so sure that his solution is practical (it is after all a "modest proposal"). But this fantastic choreographed talk proves its point: there are better, more engaging ways to connect with an audience than presentation software that too often gets in the way of the message and only serves to create an "illusion of understanding".
So the next time you have to present ideas to a client, think of how you can get your point across without dimming the lights for a slide show, and dimming the thinking behind your ideas.
[Click the image for a link to the talk]