Well, I have.
Specifically, last night.
It's a classic debate between husbands and wives, I'm sure.
I mean show me a couple who hasn't fought about this age-old topic, and I'll show you Repression of Freudian proportions.
The topic I'm referring to, of course, is "Powerpoint Presentations: Good or Evil?"
Now, knowing what you know about me--marketing girl, and Larry--teacher boy, guess which one of us LOOOOOOVES powerpoints.
Go on, guess.
You guessed me, right?
Well, you would be Wrong.
I hate the Powerpoint. I hate that it enables mediocre speakers, workers, and thinkers to feel savvy and organized when, really, they are boring and boring. And boring. I hate how it enables people with not one shred of graphic design sense to ADD BORDERS! And colorful swooshes! And bullets and bubbles and charts and graphs, and photos of their Uncle Emilio and--oh!---the dreaded FLOWCHARTS--that only a mensa member could make any sense of. Powerpoints don't sell to me. They smell to me.
I thought Larry was with me on this. But nooooooooooooooo. Evidently he moonlights as a Powerpoint spokesboy. So I'm drinking my wine and blathering on about the lameness that is the Powerpoint, and he gets this look on his face like something is very, very wrong. Like maybe he might want a divorce or something. So I ask, "What's wrong?"
Me: No, what's wrong?
Him: What you just said bothered me.
Me: What did I say?
Him: About the Powerpoints.
Me: What about the Powerpoints?
Him: It just bothered me that you were going off on Powerpoints like that!
He then launched into a full-blown, research-based seminar about the many, many virtues of Powerpoint presentations. With quotes from famous powerpoint users! and statistics! and customer testimonials! I mean, you think you know someone! But five minutes into his very passionate and articulate presentation about Powerpoints, I was pretty much sold on the technology.
Which only CONFIRMS my belief about Powerpoints. As a sales tool, especially, they. don't. work.
Think about it. If he had used a Powerpoint to sell me on the Powerpoint, I wouldn't be buying, now would I?