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Slide Salads

Your boss can articulate your ideas better than you do. This may be one of the reasons why he or she is your boss.

In this competitive world, your career growth is directly linked to your ability to articulate new ideas and explain them using compelling PowerPoint presentations. The skill to create a PowerPoint presentation is one of the most important tools in our survival kit.

Everyday, we come across many brilliant people with several bright ideas. They have a burning desire to do something different and useful for themselves and for their co-workers. They make vain attempts to explain the features and benefits of their ideas. Sadly, there are no takers of their fresh thoughts and perspectives. They then commit a ‘Thoughticide’ and bury the idea. May their thought not rest in peace but resurface strongly!

Similarly, there are many young ‘Solopreneurs’ who come up with innovative products and solutions. They bet their careers on building what they believe and making sure that they work. Finally, when it comes to selling their idea or product, they fumble. They find it extremely difficult to express the benefits of their product or invention to the investors or the people who can fund their mission.

We see many people who lose opportunities, skip their salary raise or chances of moving up the ladder. What is common to these failures? They lack the power of expression. What causes communication failures? Such people suffer from a condition called Thought Constipation. They have excessive difficulty in articulating and expressing their thoughts in a simple fashion.

When they start expressing their thoughts, they encounter another problem called ‘Word Salad’. And I assure you, this salad has nothing to do with good health!

Wikipedia describes this condition as follows:

Word salad is a “confused or unintelligible mixture of seemingly random words and phrases”, most often used to describe a symptom of a neurological or mental disorder. The words may or may not be grammatically correct, but semantically confused to the point that the listener cannot extract any meaning from them. Word salad may describe a symptom of neurological or psychological conditions in which a person attempts to communicate an idea, but words and phrases that may appear to be random and unrelated come out in an incoherent sequence instead. Often, the person is unaware that he or she did not make sense.

So then, what do we call a PowerPoint presentation created by a person with this condition? Slide Salad.

In my book Slide Spin, I have explained the reason for Slide Salads and how to avoid them.

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