I’m a huge fan of Scott Adams’ Dilbert comic strip. It’s witty, wacky and sardonic humour is right up my alley. And anyone who’s experienced the joys of working life can relate to Dilbert’s corporate mishaps. We all have a Pointy-Haired Boss, a Wally, an Asok and an Alice in our lives.
But when it’s the pain of poorly executed presentations that Scott Adams is poking fun at, well then, I’m doubly delighted! So, without further ado, here are 10 things I learned about presentations, courtesy Dilbert.
1. Presentations are central to workplace culture
Honestly, how would we function without PowerPoint slides to look at?
2. Presentations can make or break your career
3. Presentations can be deathly boring
Actually, I already knew this one from experience.
4. Presentations can change the world
Pointy-haired bosses notwithstanding, PowerPoint can pack a punch.
5. Not all presentation tips are created equal
And please, don’t picture the audience naked either.
6. Your image choice in presentations is important
No to clipart, no to stock images and no to poorly drawn illustrations.
7. Making presentations can be painful
Unappreciative audiences are the worst.
8. Presenters must compete with smartphones
Ah smartphones… One of the many joys of presenting in the digital age.
9. Nobody likes a long presentation
But one slide is a little extreme.
10. Post-presentation Q&A can be hard
The torture is inevitable.
What else have you learned about presentations? Let us know in the comments! Or click here for more Dilbert.
And drop us a line if you need help making your next presentation a not-painful, perhaps even pleasant, experience!