Power Point Presentations
My Relationship With Power Point Presentations has Certainly Evolved. My first experience with Power Point presentations was in high school, and I have to say that I hated them. I could not figure out how to make anything work, my visual displays looked infantile compared to the rest of my classmates, and worst of all, I was in front of the entire class while I was trying to give my presentation.
I was so embarrassed, I wanted to run out of class and never come back. I really had no idea why I was struggling so much with how to use Power Point, but I just could not seem to grasp how it worked, and of all of the Power Point presentations that were given that day, I received the lowest grade in the class.
I was very despondent when I left class that day, and I think that my teacher sensed it and took pity on me. The class was the first period of the day for me, and she told me to come by 15 or 20 minutes before class each day and work on it with her. I was quite relieved and agreed to do so.
Within a few weeks, Power Point presentations were a breeze for me, and I was delighted when my teacher told me that we would have another project later in the semester that involved a Power Point presentation. I would have a chance for redemption.
One thing she told me during one of those morning tutorials that sticks with me even to this day, because it was so accurate, is that Power Point presentations were the wave of the future. She said that in the business world, I would have to make them on a regular basis, and I had better understand how to do them inside and out.
During the Power Point presentations for the second project, I volunteered to go first, and mine was easily the best in the class. I had a couple of smiles and winks as I sat down; I guess the pride at how my hard work had paid off really showed in my smile as I walked back to my desk.
In college, I had to do numerous Power Point presentations, and they were really no problem at all. I actually begin to seek out classes that mentioned Power Point presentations in their descriptions, because I felt very comfortable making them.
What I ultimately found out was that my teacher was exactly right. I use Power Point presentations on a regular basis in my career, and they are very useful visual aids and learning tools. I often marvel at how far my relationship with these presentations has come ó from being a terrified 16-year old who had no idea what I was doing, to viewing them as something that are almost second nature.