Over the weekend Saturday Night Live aired a sketch about PowerPoint.
We know, PowerPoint has been the butt of many jokes over the years but this one really stood out for us. Mostly because everyone in the sketch comes across as a loser.
The sketch stars Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant as receptionists who struggle to build a PowerPoint presentation as part of a Microsoft workshop. Also making an appearance is Idris Elba, who was guest-hosting that episode of SNL, playing a Microsoft executive. From a PowerPoint designer’s point of view, the sketch is perfect, highlighting the arrogance of the sales and market research teams. No, their bullet-point slides don’t cut it.
But then the SNL PowerPoint sketch moves in tricky areas, by showing off the efforts of the receptionists. Needless to say, they didn’t do well, resulting in some of the best ‘worst PowerPoint slides’ we’ve ever seen. And we’ve seen a few. Check it out:
Note also the clothes worn by the Microsoft execs – classic presentation attire, don’t you think? We love that the sales team can’t help but talk about themselves, while the market research team think they’ve completely nailed it with that border and image on their slide. Clearly this SNL sketch has been written by someone who has sat through a few business PowerPoint presentations.
Joking aside, the SNL PowerPoint sketch does highlight the fact that not everyone can churn out a professional and effective slide deck. If you’re struggling to make a presentation (as the receptionists clearly were) get some professionals on your team.