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In the recently published Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, Jobs discusses how he re-invented Apple during the iMac phase by abolishing the use of presentation software in meetings. He felt that people were relying on the creation and presentation of a slide deck instead of actually thinking about the business problem and how to solve it. On page 337 of the telling biography, Jobs says, “People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.”

How much more dispiriting to see its constant use in university classrooms.

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7 Responses to “From the Steve Jobs Biography”

  1. jim Says:

    That must be why in his famous keynotes he stood in front of the most carefully crafted slide decks ever seen. They’re universally pointed to as the right way to use presentation software.

    Watch what a man does, not what he says.

  2. Kelly Roberts Says:

    But however shall you teach without graphic interface technology? The students demand it! We certainly can’t have books filled with mere words dirtying up our perfectly sanitized learning management systems:

    http://slowpendulums.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/will-ban-books-for-profit/

  3. Pete Copeland Says:

    You know, as I was reading the post below this one (about the OSU basketball coach) I began wondering why anyone ever would use an airplane.

    I know the apologists for the airline industry will point out that millions of people travel safely and effectively for every one that is harmed.

    But how can all that data stand up against a single anecdote?

  4. david foster Says:

    Some thoughts about the art of the presentation, from Megan McArdle of the Atlantic and Aristotle of Stageira.

  5. Jonathan Dresner Says:

    “People who know what they’re talking about [and who know that their audience is really listening] don’t need PowerPoint.”

    Fixed that for you.

  6. Bill Gleason Says:

    And of course, if Jobs really thought PowerPoint was so bad, why did Mac peddle a competitor, Keynote?

    Software that out power points PowerPoint.

  7. theprofessor Says:

    UD, the corporate leader for you is Jeff Bezos of Amazon.

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