PowerPoint might seem like a tool used by and for business people. However, it seems that an increasing number of kids have realised the presentation software can be used to connect with, and pitch to, their parents. Mainly to ask for stuff.
As highlighted by New York Times writer Katherine Rosman, in order to talk to adults in their own language, kids and teenagers are turning to PowerPoint to pitch. Their aim is to present their cases when seeking permission for something.
The original article, published by the NYT, featured examples of several children. They had all taken the inventive plunge of creating a PowerPoint presentation slide deck to back up their arguments. “With a PowerPoint it was a little bit more impactful,” said Lucy Frisch, 14, from New York. “Because they could see the amount of effort and work I put into it instead of just my usual begging.” Lucy was asking for a horse.
Cade Collins, also 14, is from Maryland. He reportedly used PowerPoint to make the case for his family to get a new dog. However, they already owned another dog, Cooper. One slide declared: “Coopers years are numbered and he is slowing down, but a younger energetic presence wouldn’t hurt and may improve his lifestyle.” He’s clearly thought about it.
Not phoning it in
The article’s own daughter, ten year old Ella, also seemed to favour PowerPoint. She made her presentation about why she should have her own phone. Her main argument, so Rosman details, is that should the nightmare situation of a school shooting occur, she wouldn’t be able to text her mum to let her know she was okay. Again, this is a kid who knows how to pull heart strings.
Clearly PowerPoint is so deeply ingrained in our culture. It seems that even children can see how effective it can be at conveying a strong message. You might use it to pitch a new business idea or to present a new way of doing things to your team. But, there are children out there doing far more important things with it.
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