Defending the Scapegoat

During a summit for trainers for a national entrepreneurial model in Chicago recently, the coordinator said that PowerPoint was not allowed to be used in delivering the course because it led to poor discussion flow among the participants.

With great reluctance, I had to speak up because I’ve suffered through my share of clumsy, inane, pointless PowerPoint presentations. I had to say it was the user, not the tool that was at fault and that we would be better off establishing guidelines and best practices than eliminating a — dare I say — valuable tool in our facilitation toolkit.

To hang the blame on PowerPoint alone would be comparable to banning Word the first time a poorly written report, letter, or article was produced.

Can you relate to people blaming the wrong source of the problem? Avoid the temptation to pick the easy target, just because it is familiar ground. Instead, pursue the real source and you’ll be on your way to building a stronger business.