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Tuesday Links: PowerPoint Defenders

Posted by: Nick Leiber on May 11, 2010

Writing in his Harvard Business Review blog back in April, David Silverman argued that the main problem with PowerPoint is less about the software itself and more that users overload the slides they make with it. In his column posted today, communications coach Carmine Gallo seconds that notion.

Anne Field, another Bloomberg Businessweek contributor, compiles the media’s top four small-business myths in her recent post on True/Slant. Then, in an unrelated piece on CFO Zone, she digs into small-business lending initiatives by Citigroup, Blackstone, and Goldman Sachs.

The franchising world is watching a court case that challenges the long-held notion that franchisees are independent business people, not employees, the WSJ’s Richard Gibson reports.

Over at Marketplace, Cash Peters examines a handful of products and companies to determine whether or not planned obsolescence is still a problem for consumers.

And if you didn’t see the special report we produced with our partner the not-for-profit Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, be sure to check it out.

Reader Comments

Craig Hohnberger

May 16, 2010 5:06 PM

Totally agree with the comments on Power Points. When used effectively, a Power Point presentation should have very little actaul information.. just a few keywords and/or pictures ... and the presenter's job is to know the material well enough to fill in all the gaps and bring it to life.

I have seen way too many people put so much information on a slide you can't remember it. And worst of all is when the presenter uses the slide as a crutch to not master the material so ends up reading it to the audience.

Craig Hohnberger


May 20, 2010 2:31 PM

Speaking of industry trends I wonder if the recently released study that states "These companies have been profitable for their owners and shareholders not only while being profitable for their employees, but because they have been profitable for their employees” Jody Heymann, the study’s author, said in a release. “These firms have been able to do this for a simple reason. How work is structured, how it is rewarded, and how workplaces encourage employee engagement are all central to the profitability of firms and to the quality of the daily lives of working men and women. Employees determine 90 percent of most businesses’ profitability.” If this Harvard study will ever get any traction. On another note any one out there know any thing about this The review I read said that they plan to make
it the wiki of American businesses. Wondered If anyone out there knows any thing more about them.

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