A while back the head of the department came to me with an urgent request at a particularly busy time; he needed a powerpoint presentation “rescued”, he knew my team was busy but was there any way someone could help. I said everyone in the team was busy as well, but I was pretty good with powerpoint – if he could show me what he wanted perhaps I could do it.
Long story short I volunteered to do the work for him on the condition that he didn’t tell anyone else because I did not want to be the person who always fixes powerpoint. There’s now a term for that person – POWERPOINT BUNNY.
The Office Life gives the definition as;
Someone who is dedicated to the art of putting other people’s hard work into cheesy, over-animated slideshows.
For my the presentation for my boss I didn’t add animations or cheese graphics, I’d like to think I improved the slides. I spent some time last week working on someone else’s presentation. In this case I did put transitions in (the presentation needed to loop), but no animations, and I may have added one or two cheesy images – in my defence the text demanded it.
But I do find myself itching to “fix” presentations of colleagues or sometimes at conferences. Particularly slides that have dull images, too much text, don’t support the speaker’s story, or so much content that I stop listening to the speaker. Here’s a video of all that can go wrong with powerpoint.
I’m willing to be a Powerpoint Bunny from time to time, life is too short for bad powerpoint.
Image: Keep Me Safe | Kevin O’Mara