I've got nothing against slides, when they're well-used and designed. But let's face it: Most panelists use slides for reasons that have nothing to do with creating a sparkling discussion. Instead, panelists use slides to:
- Serve as cue cards for talks they haven't taken the time to prepare thoroughly
- Serve as handouts
- Jam as much content as possible into a short presentation
- Avoid answering questions
- Advertise their contact information, website or other products
(Creative Commons licensed photo by Steve Boneham)
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