How much does PowerPoint add to Project Management courses?

The project management course went really well. I did not need to read the evaluation forms to know that it had been a resounding success.

I eventually looked at the evaluation forms and they were great with some really supportive comments. There were though 2 opinions that surprised me: 

• “the training book was much better than PowerPoint”

• “no PowerPoint presentation – fantastic!”

This really set me thinking. I deliberately targeted this course with no PowerPoint mainly because room sizes with this client are really small. I worked really hard to engage with the group and use the workbook as the key focus.

I then started to look on line at what people were saying about this method of presenting. Wow! The number of articles and suggestions is overwhelming.

But, what is your own view? Does PowerPoint add to project management training or any training for that matter?

If you are a trainer do you still use PowerPoint and if you do not what made you change?

If you have been on a course or attended a presentation recently did PowerPoint help or hinder?

I’d be very interested in your views. For me, I’m seriously thinking of abandoning it!

Let’s hear your views.

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6 Responses to How much does PowerPoint add to Project Management courses?

  1. Stephan says:

    I use it mainly to project the main topics and discuss examples (eg of WBS’s), but most of our PM training is made up of excercises, so we have only a small deck.

    I’m not sure how I would discuss the examples just out of the book; I am afraid it would not be as engaging as walking around and referring to the projection all the time.

    But I do keep the PPT at a minimum!

    Best Regards,

    Stephan

  2. Powerpoint is just one of a range of training methods and any good trainer will use a mix of appropriate methods. Powerpoint has however become a prop in too many poor quality training sessions.

    The strength of powerpoint is in putting across visual facts and it suits the visual learner. For most people though learning comes through a mix of visual, audio and kinesthenic experiences. This means that a mix of discussion, exercises and flip chart work are more effective than a powerpoint presentation. Powerpoint should be there to support the training/presentation where required and nothing more. There is a good video on “Powerpoint ZEn” on Youtube about effective powerpoint use:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFDm1-DVdyc

    Although this is aimed more at marketing presentation, I think it has lessons for training.

    Mike

    • Thanks Mike and Stephan for your comments.

      I placed this blog on other linked in threads and what I pick up from them is that we all use PP in different ways or not at all!

      For me training isvery much engaging with the group through activities and then carrying out a detailed review. PP can help and does support a course …provided it carries some powerful messages and is delivered powerfully!

      Ron

  3. It’s important to engage all learners. As many of us know, we have different learning styles. I have sat through several learning sessions where the presenter practically reads from the slides. Time is precious and we all have the ability to read. Not very stimulating!

    Many of our presentations are geared towards Human Resources professionals. Having studied Learning and Development at university, we aim to use a blended approach. This includes some theory, group discussion, exercises, use of flipcharts, powerpoint and more.

    Our powerpoint slides are used to support the session, not vice versa. However, we do use slides for key quotes and issue handouts as well.

    Thank you for raising the topic!

    • Hi Julia. This has certainly caught the imagination of those on LinkedIn. Around 80+ comments…I agree with the learning styles issue. In our project management course we engage the learner is as many ways as possible. This ranges from individual and group activities to case studies and presentations. It works …

      As for reading from slides don’t let me go there.

      Appreciate your comments.

      Ron

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