PowerPoint is Hard and Boring

Happy Tuesday, squiders! It’s a busy week around these parts (again) (we may have overbooked ourselves just a tad) but it’s fine. Everything is fine.

::nervous laughter::

So, if you guys have been around the last few months, you know I’ve been working on a Skillshare class to supplement my nonfiction book series (also in progress). There are, of course, a number of ways to make a class, but seeing how, at least for this first class, I’m not actively demo-ing anything, it seemed to make the most sense to make a PowerPoint with a voice-over track. (The intro and projects videos will be true videos, but the main content is in PowerPoint.)

Great, right? PowerPoint. I used it all the time back in high school and college for presentations. Very helpful.

I don’t know what’s changed, honestly. I mean, they moved the menus around, but they did that for all the Office stuff, so not that weird. I found the animations and the drawing stuff and, really, what more do you need?

So that’s not it. And the content is also fine–I’ve got a palette and fonts that match the workbooks I put together, and this is a subject I’m familiar with and am perfectly happy to talk on, so it’s not that hard to put the slides together.

Except it feels like pulling teeth. Why?

Best I can figure is because I’m writing out the script in the notes as I go. This seemed to make the most sense to me, so that I know the points I’m hitting/have hit and can keep track of what I’ve covered, and so that it will be easier when recording the voice over because I won’t have to think too hard about what I’m saying for each slide (and will hopefully avoid “um”ing all over the place).

Being prepared is a good thing, Kit.

I don’t know. It just seems way harder and more time consuming than it should be.

Any tips, squiders? Any thoughts why it seems like it’s taking so long? If you were taking a writing class (say on expanding ideas or learning how to outline) would you rather have the visuals of a presentation or watch someone lecture?

7 responses to this post.

  1. Perhaps your mind is simply not interested in the PowerPoint being an aspect. Personally, I’d usually rather watch a PowerPoint presentation than listen to someone lecture themselves but it depends, the person lecturing could change the whole dynamic


  2. I love PowerPoint, but 95% of the time, it is done wrong. PPT should reinforce what the lecturer is teaching, not be the focus of the lesson. Students these days are used to watching the slide, rather than the teacher, because there is usually too much info on the slide. Use the slides for key points and visuals, and vocalize the substance of the lesson.


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