I’m currently in a role that involves having to watch a lot of (powerpoint-assisted) presentations.
Often, after the initial Title slide, the next thing is one or more slides of Objectives. These are usually dense, bulleted lists that the presenter reads out.
And I don’t really get the point of them. You’re having a list of things thrown at you, many of which are meaningless to you prior to the presentation proper.
It doesn’t matter whether you listen to this part of the presentation, and often I notice an audience “zone out” through these slides.
I can only really think of two possible reasons for these slides, and they both don’t seem “worth it” to me:
1. So people can be sure that the presentation is the correct one for them
But I think it’s a reasonable assumption that the vast majority of your audience have a reasonable idea of what you’re about to serve up. And in any case, thanks to social niceties, it’s rare that people actually get up and leave in the middle of a presentation, so they’re stuck anyway.
2. So people can “tick off” things, and be sure you covered everything you were supposed to.
Ok, but what happens if you have forgotten to fulfil one of your objectives?
…or is there some other purpose I’ve missed?