Wednesday, June 02, 2004

"Power Points"

Which is the subject each MBA student is expected to be most proficient at??... Financial management, organizational behavior, consumer marketing?..... nope.. it’s the art of making and giving presentations..

Not a single day of a b-school student passes without him seeing a power point presentation given by someone, or he making one himself.... All..well..almost all profs. use power point presentations in their lectures.. All assignments and projects are invariably terminated by a presentation.. Presentations are the lifeblood of MBA education, and MS Power Point is the most useful software.. Even during exams, most students prefer to skim thru the short and concise stuff given in power point slides, than delve into volumes of text books..

Making a cogent presentation is an art in itself.. Those who are good at this have a definite advantage over those who are not.. Just doing a good job is not enough.. Convincing others that you have done a good job is more important.. Many people win competitions simply on the basis of their brilliant presentation skills.. It’s something which all MBAs strive to achieve.. After all, an MBA has only 2 all important assets.. his mouth and his PC.... If either of these is missing or malfunctioning, he is a dead duck....

Many next generation softwares like flash, swish etc. can be used to bring in fanta-bulous text and graphical effects.. But the good old fashioned MS Power Point still remains an all time favourite.. as they say.. it’s sasta, sundar, tikau....

When I was in PT, preparing for MBA entrance, we were told about the importance of having a good personal folder.. It was suggested that we give original tag-lines on the folder covers.. Many guys came up with clich├ęd stuff like ‘in search of excellence’, ‘spectrum’ etc.... Being my usual “pun”ny self, I decided to name my folder ‘Power Points’.... Never knew that the word would become such an integral part of my life in this way........

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