Well, I’m still picking away at my PowerPoint makeover with Cliff Atkinson of Beyond Bullets. We’ve been working through the three "Acts" of the storyboard. Right now we’re wrapping up Act II and should be working out Act III this week, except I’m such a, uh, slacker, that I probably won’t finish it until next week.
From the looks of the discussion board, I’m guessing that the other makeover recipients have had the same problem as me: finding time to work on it. Cliff has been insanely helpful in getting me focused on the storyline. The storyline approach is a new one for me, and it’s vaguely uncomfortable. I suspect that I’m like most folks when I build a presentation–just slap together an outline, then talk about it. Cliff’s approach adds more visual interest and the storyline layer ought to help with retention after people walk away from the presentation. At least, I hope so. Part of my skepticism is that I’ve
been lined up in the Tufte camp for so long. Tufte rails against using images that don’t apply directly to the issue at hand. He would probably be against most background images in presentations, even if they contributed to the "storyline." Tufte would want to tell a story, but he’d allow the data to tell the story, rather than layering on an