When was the last time you created a PowerPoint presentation? That last time probably was before presenting a report in front of a waiting audience. PowerPoint presentations are indeed very helpful in boosting one’s report. But like any other academic tool, these graphical presentations have disadvantages that students and teachers alike should take note of. If not properly address, your graphical presentation might as well ruin your report instead of boosting its value.
PowerPoint presentations lack flexibility. Using the PowerPoint program, you can create, format and edit slides before a presentation. However, you cannot edit or change the contents and the format of the slides during a presentation. If a slide contains an error, you cannot edit it right away without exiting the PowerPoint show. An error made before a report cannot be rectified during the presentation. Any error could be prevented by carefully proofreading the slides before making the presentation.
Students and teachers have tendencies to induce “Death by PowerPoint.” The term refers to state of boredom and fatigue brought about by too much information placed on the slides. Too much information on slides is counterproductive. Though it may save time, placing too much information on slides would reduce the ability of the audience to retain the message conveyed by the report. To prevent this, the presenter should place only the important details and use bullet points.
PowerPoint presentations may negatively affect the value of the report. There are students who get too lazy and just read the text as indicated in the slides. The slides are not the source of the report, but rather the reporter or the presenter. The slides are just presentation props that add value and style to the report. It is the reporter or the presenter who brings the all-important substance to the report.