Politician Wants to Ban PowerPoint; Would He Get Your Vote? That's a hypothetical question, unless you're in Switzerland, but he makes an interesting point. Would presentations be more interesting if the speaker didn't get to rely on whizzy graphics and effects of PowerPoint?

Power Without a Point?

Concerns about taxes and bailouts are not for Matthias Poehm, the founder (and I'll take a wild stab at being one of only a handful of members) of the Anti-PowerPoint Party. Instead, he claims that some 350 billion euros could be saved be getting rid of PowerPoint presentations in meetings.

His alternative suggestion is real debate and discussion between attendees of presentations, aided by the good old cue-cards and a flip chart or whiteboard. Beyond his biting logic, that most people get the .PPT before or during the presentation and will have skipped to the end long before the speaker does, it sounds rather nostalgic, but could have wider implications.

For the Greater Good?

If everyone has to listen to what is being said, they are more likely to digest the information, notice flaws or have issues they would question. Of course, decades worth of middle managers, students and executives have dozed off through non-PowerPoint-powered presentations, long before the PC was invented, so either he's a really good speaker or is being sponsored by a public-speaking-training company.

To get his plan into law in his native Switzerland, he needs to get 10,000 signatures (presumably on a plain piece of paper) and then his party is free to run candidates in the upcoming elections.That's not an impossible number, as this story is now doing the rounds on tech sites and newspapers around the world.

While he might not achieve his goal, he might want to look to Sweden's Pirate Party, which claimed global attention and a fair amount of votes in their recent efforts, with over 40 countries developing their own Pirate Party.

If you're interested, there's a book on his site about the damage that he claims PowerPoint does. Presumably he means KeyNote and the new generation of web-based tools like Zoho SHow and others. Just as an exercise, next time you're planning a PowerPoint presentation, try it without the stabilizers of technology and see if your audience seems more engaged.