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Just Say No to PowerPoint: Say Yes to Communication

Just Say No to PowerPoint: Say Yes to Communication

Stern leads a national effort to make February 7-11, 2005 Just Say No to PowerPoint Week. Stern challenges companies, government agencies and professional associations across America to conduct meetings, make presentations, and deliver information without the use of PowerPoint for one entire week.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) January 16, 2005

Have you ever been slideswiped? You walk into a meeting and once everyone has arrived, the lights are dimmed and the slideshow begins. The presenter clicks the mouse again and again, showing you slide after slide until you can take no more. Exasperated, you shut your eyes and doze off. You have just been slideswiped.

Corporate America, government agencies, and professional associations gain and suffer from the ubiquitous Microsoft PowerPoint®. Go to Google and insert the words “using PowerPoint” and you’ll get 2,610,000 responses ranging from helpful hints on using PowerPoint to awesome PowerPoint backgrounds to using PowerPoint in Church. PowerPoint has become so popular it is now a synonym for a presentation. Instead of asking for a copy of the salient points in a training program or company presentation, workers are now saying, “Please send me the PowerPoint from Wednesday’s class.”

But what is the cost of sacrificing good old-fashioned human interaction to keep your audience from tuning out? According to Nancy Stern, a communication consultant who travels the country helping people stay connected at work, “Many business presenters and trainers have become addicted to this technology. It’s like drugs are to junkies. The more it’s used, the harder it is to stop using it. It becomes a crutch. And, there’s a price to pay. Audiences tune out, turn off and feel as though their time has been wasted when they’ve been slideswiped.”

Stern adds, “It seems speakers, presenters and trainers have forgotten how important it is to really communicate with a group rather than just read from slides or dazzle them with special effects.”

And, that’s why Stern leads a national effort to make February 7-11, 2005 Just Say No to PowerPoint Week. Stern challenges companies, government agencies and professional associations across America to conduct meetings, make presentations, and deliver information without the use of PowerPoint for one entire week. People are being encouraged to communicate and connect with each other rather than to simply read boring words-only slides because Stern says she’s not alone in her belief that the more connected we get, the more disconnected we are becoming. “With disconnection comes lost productivity and with lost productivity comes lost revenue and we all know what that means,” warns Stern.

Nancy Stern, MA is president/owner of Communication Plus, a consulting firm in San Diego specializing in leadership and employee development. She’s a former newspaper columnist and has taught at the University of California San Diego and San Diego State University Management Development Center. She is known for creating dynamic presentations that are personal, professional and practical resulting in improvement of the “whole person” and therefore, the “whole organization.” Ms. Stern is an EMMY award-winner, who appeared in the national PBS television series Communicating With Nancy Stern (l990-95) and she is the coauthor of 101 Stupid Things Trainers Do To Sabotage Success.

For additional information about Just Say No to PowerPoint® Week, contact: Nancy Stern at 800.280.2666 or email Nancy at nancy@nancystern. com.

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