Top 10 reasons why you should minimize the use PowerPoint slides in training
1. Takes away the attention from you
Who is more important, you or your Power Point slides? Obviously it’s you. Your trainees can take the power point slides (or whatever handouts you are using) with them to their office or home, but they cannot take you. Capitalize on your experience, as power point slides do not have experience. If you want your trainees to remember key points, give it to them in a handout or a learning aid. Trust me it will look much better.
2. Passive learning
Power Point slides are passive they do not interact, and they do not allow trainees to interact. It is very important to create interactivity between you and your trainees and between the trainees themselves. The slides do not have the ability to interact and respond to trainee’s questions, comments, and dialogue. A one way communication and that is it.
3. It’s boring
I still remember those training programs where you have to endure 500+ slides within two days. Are you familiar with this feeling? Slide after slide, until eternity… Because Power Point Slides are passive, they are boring; they do not have character; you do. They do not have charisma, you do.
4. You will read from it
We call it one of the things that will sabotage your training, no matter how much you know about the topic you are training, if you have many slides you are bound to read at least 2-3 of them a day. And believe me; you do not want to come across as if you don’t know your thing.
5. It’s limiting
Power Point slides are a static element in our fast moving world. If your think of animation, I would suggest that you don’t try, it is considered bad practice in our industry. Also, in any training event, you and your participants have so much to share & learn from, and the slides will offer you a maximum of 36 words per slide (assuming you are following best practice and not stuffing your slides).
6. You will make it crowded… over crowded
No matter how hard you will try, you will have some slides with more than 36 words or more than 2 images or pictures in one slide. That is crowded considering the Power Point typography standards. Also, if you will try to write on every topic you will cover, you have many slides, too many slides.
7. Does not allow practice
Although training is about knowledge, it’s also about skills and abilities. Power Point slides do not have an option of practice (unless your training is on how to create power point presentations!). If your training is primarily knowledge based, use flip-charts, handouts and learning aids to transfer that knowledge to your trainees.
8. It’s personal
Even if you are using your companies ‘template’, you will always have your personality in the slides, this means that trainee’s opinion on your slides will also be personal. And because training material is not about personal opinion, rather about researched practices, personal opinion is irrelevant and will mostly be learning unfriendly.
9. Lacks energy
Because Power Point slides are static, they lack energy, which is what you mostly need in any training event, abundance of positive energy. You need a learning environment where trainees are not shy to share their views, their mistakes, and to make more of mistakes during the training. Use your energy and the trainee’s energy to engage and explore learning. Slides will not give you any energy, just additional heat in the training room from the projector!
10. It’s old-fashioned!
With so much going around; like e-learning; internet learning; Webinars; and cloud learning; Power Point slides can hardly make it. They are not fashionable anymore.
Final tip: Power Point Presentation slides are made for presenting purposes not training purposes. Try doing one training program without any slides, and observe what will happen, you will feel free.