Tuesday, November 01, 2011

"People who know what they're talking about don't need PowerPoint"

That's Steve Jobs quoted in Walter Isaacson's biography. Here's the full quotation:
"[...] and they would come with thirty people and try to show PowerPoints, which Steve didn't want to see," Schiller recalled. One of the first things Jobs did during the product review process was ban PowerPoints. "I hate the way people use slide presentations instead of thinking," Jobs later recalled. "People would confront a problem by creating a presentation. I wanted them to engage, to hash things out at the table, rather than show a bunch of slides. People who know what they're talking about don't need PowerPoint."


Jamie said...

I appreciate there is a difference between a pitch and a Steve Jobs keynote(TM), but worth pointing out Walt Mossberg's anecdote:

"To my knowledge, the only tech conference Steve Jobs regularly appeared at, the only event he didn't somehow control, was our All Things Digital conferences, where he appeared repeatedly for unrehearsed, onstage interviews. We had one rule that really bothered him: we never allowed slides, which were his main presentation tool."

Not every throwaway comment from Jobs is correct.


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John Graham-Cumming said...

@Jamie. I think he's talking about two different things: the disease of using PowerPoint inside companies for decision making and making publication presentations. One does negate the other.