President Obama gave his third State of the Union address to the Congress in January. The unique thing about the speech this time was that the address was live cast on YouTube. See the whole speech here
See the screen shot above. Do you see the blue region on the right in the video? That was where the White house broadcast the PowerPoint presentation! Yes, you read that right – they used a PowerPoint to support the president’s speech and showed it simultaneously.
Bloggers have written about the Presentation. Fast Company has put up a slideshow assessing their choice of the 5 best and worst slides of the presentation. Here’s an example:
Some experts also feel that the enhanced version video – i.e. the video on YouTube along with the presentation was slightly distracting.
We feel that while it is true that the 2 sections were slightly crowded in the one small screen on the YouTube screen – the PPT was actually helpful. The reader got to see statistics and facts related to what the President was talking about. Also, since the entire speech was live cast on YouTube, so for those who missed it, the presentation and the speech are both available to view anytime.
Some slides on the other hand, could have had more explanatory graphics than text. The slide below talks of GDP growth, and depicted graphically, it would have immediately caught the eye of the reader.
Something like this slide below which shows numbers – and you can actually see the size shrinking.