Political party aims to ban PowerPoint from Switzerland

One of the most interesting new additions to PowerPoint 2010 is not a new feature of the software itself, but a bundled template named "Five Rules for Creating Great Presentations" by Duarte Design. One of the key rules emphasized in the presentation is for the presenter to not copy and paste their speech onto the slides. Another is for the presenter to use sensible design practices for their slides - choosing high contrast colours and minimal visual clutter.

Despite that, almost 85% of PowerPoint audiences tune themselves out during presentations, employees and sleepy college students alike. Thus, a new movement named "The Anti-PowerPoint Party" seeks to eradicate use of PowerPoint and its presentation software competitors. The movement's first steps for advocacy is a bit politically strange, with a new political party registered in Switzerland under that same name.

According to PCWorld, the party claims presentation software costs the Swiss economy almost 2.1 billion Swiss francs annually, with the figure rising to 110 billion Euros for Europe. The party's founder, Matthias Poehm, is a public speaking trainer by profession. His current objective is to net a nationwide referendum on the subject, should his party gather 100,000 signatures in a petition. In addition, he plans to present candidates for an upcoming national election, in the hopes of placing his party as number 4 in the Swiss National Council.

Poehm admits his political ambitions are a "promotional gimmick," stating his book "The Powerpoint Fallacy" is available at a discounted price for party members.

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Have the Swiss found anything they don't complain about? I have lived in Switzerland for 1 year while attending school there and I must say that I found them to be the most ridiculous bunch of people I have encountered thus far. Switzerland is mostly populated by retired people that have ZERO tolerance for anything. They pretty much stay indoors all day and complain about the wind being too loud. It's a very boring place to live and the complaining quickly got on my nerves.

This is like asking to ban kitchen-knife, because there have several cases of people ,murdering with the kitchen-knife!

FMH said,
This is like asking to ban kitchen-knife, because there have several cases of people ,murdering with the kitchen-knife!

+1

Glad people can read

Poehm admits his political ambitions are a "promotional gimmick," stating his book "The Powerpoint Fallacy" is available at a discounted price for party members.

I see his point though. PowerPoint should complement a speech, not do everything for the speaker. Everyone has heard of the phrase 'death by PowerPoint' because we've all had to sit through it at some stage. It is a complete waste of time if nobody wants to listen.

This Facebook group is essentially what all uni students here go through. And from next year we're going to pay £9000 a year for the privilege of listening to lecturers reading from presentations.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=190454181641

This is a bit ridiculous of course. The sentiment behind it however, is very real! They don't call it 'Death by PowerPoint' for nothing. Fact is, most people don't know how to deliver lectures in a captivating way. Relying on a slide deck to deliver your presentation for you (either out of fear, lack of preparation or sheer laziness) is an assured path to a yawning audience.

so the boring presentations that we all tune out of are not going to have visual aids now? so it's just a guy standing there talking...? how is this any better?

why dont' they teach people how to be creative and spend time making good power points to go with their speech. it may cost them a bit more money but then people won't tune out....

capr said,
so the boring presentations that we all tune out of are not going to have visual aids now? so it's just a guy standing there talking...? how is this any better?

why dont' they teach people how to be creative and spend time making good power points to go with their speech. it may cost them a bit more money but then people won't tune out....

Speakers need to learn to engage their audience, and listeners need to learn how to grow the **** up and listen without the necessity of stunts, gimmicks, and visual bullet points. PowerPoint is an unnecessary distraction.

Antaris said,
Really????

although it can be over used by lazy teachers.. it can sure make a job alot easier for making speeches

Lachlan said,

although it can be over used by lazy teachers.. it can sure make a job alot easier for making speeches

"Just paste paragraphs on a slide, and call it a day!"

Antaris said,
Really????

They'd get my signature. I never use PowerPoint. If you want your audience's attention, don't ****ing use it. Ever.

Skwerl said,

They'd get my signature. I never use PowerPoint. If you want your audience's attention, don't ****ing use it. Ever.

Really? Well, I've always used it for my presentations and never lost my audience attention.