Bus Stop

While my friend and I were in Santiago, Chile, we were waiting for a city bus and learned from the trials of a mass transportation systems.  Our bus came and our bus went, leaving us waving our hands frantically in the dusty air.

Since this was the first time that we had actually tried to hail a bus on our own, we thought we must be doing something wrong.  When our blue city bus came into sight, we made sure to signal exactly as we had been taught and to stand where we definitely could be seen.  No luck.  We were still left standing with our hands in the air.

On the third time there was a Chilean waiting for the same bus, so we were sure that he would be able to get the driver to stop.  Wrong again!  When we saw a couple of police officers standing nearby, we realized that we must be trying to get on at an illegal bus stop.  After walking the extra three blocks to a true bus stop, we caught the next bus and finally made our way to our destination —  a little late yet a little wiser.


PowerPoint can explain anything or confuse everyone

Any questions?

“When we understand that slide, we’ll have won the war,” General Stanley McChrystal, the US and NATO force commander, remarked wryly when confronted by the sprawling spaghetti diagram in a briefing. via Afghanistan PowerPoint slide: Generals left baffled by PowerPoint slide | Mail Online.

PowerPoint and other graphic presentations should help communicate your message simply so that others can understand it. This example did teh exact opposite and confused people. Sometimes you have to break down complicated topics into their simple forms and approach them one piece at a time until they can be understood.

Think SIMPLE! Communicate better.