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What is a Powerpoint Party and why aren't you hosting one?

OrcaOrca Also known as EspressosaurusWrexRegistered User regular
A Powerpoint Party, AKA A Drunk Ted Talk, is a party where a group of friends or acquaintances get together, and some or all of them present a short (~10 minute) talk on some subject.

https://www.cnn.com/2024/03/25/us/tiktok-powerpoint-parties-presentation-nights-cec/index.html
For McCall Mirabella’s 21st birthday party last month, she asked guests to bring only one gift: A PowerPoint presentation. Mirabella...assembled her closest friends and asked them to present a slideshow on anything they could think of. The only criteria was “the sillier, the better.”

Her guests delivered. One attendee ranked the attractiveness of 10 animated characters while another humorously explored the disparate stages of being high. Mirabella herself presented her predictions for how long her friends would survive in the Hunger Games (and how they’d meet their violent ends, seemingly a popular template for a PowerPoint party).

The only requirements are a space to present, a means of presenting like a TV or projector, and a group of friendly people!

I've attended a couple so far, and the topics have included:
  • My vacation (presented by someone who was visiting home)
  • How well do you know me? A multiple choice quiz on the presenter's preferences on things like favorite childhood TV show
  • The weird things I've seen working in hospitality
  • My PHD thesis
  • My last photo trip
  • A rant about taxes and how the local metro area is too expensive
  • My adventures with unpowered flight. Wings optional.
  • What does your name mean and why are you not living up to it?

It's a fun way to get to know your friends, or to get to know your acquaintances.

If you've hosted or attended one, I'd like to hear about it! If you're interested, let's talk about it!

Why aren't you hosting one?

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    AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    Because PowerPoint is a blight upon the world that should not be inflicted on anyone as per the Geneva Convention?

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    OrcaOrca Also known as Espressosaurus WrexRegistered User regular
    So use a whiteboard instead! Or just a bunch of pictures in a slideshow. The format is immaterial.

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    QuidQuid Definitely not a banana Registered User regular
    edited June 13
    I need no software to go into drunken detail about the Beast Wars timeline and its Judeo Christian influences.

    Quid on
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    ElJeffeElJeffe Roaming the streets, waving his mod gun around.Moderator, ClubPA Mod Emeritus
    We had to do something similar to this in a public speaking class I took in college. Everyone was doing reports on something related to their major and I did "A Brief History of the Console Wars and Why You Should Buy a Dreamcast." Mine was more popular than most.

    I submitted an entry to Lego Ideas, and if 10,000 people support me, it'll be turned into an actual Lego set!If you'd like to see and support my submission, follow this link.
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    SummaryJudgmentSummaryJudgment Grab the hottest iron you can find, stride in the Tower’s front door Registered User regular
    Quid wrote: »
    I need no software to go into drunken detail about the Beast Wars timeline and its Judeo Christian influences.

    The PS1 video game was in the animorphs TV show!

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    OrcaOrca Also known as Espressosaurus WrexRegistered User regular
    I'm trying to convince a friend to attend the next one and do a talk on nailpolish or nailpolish art

    I think the women would appreciate it and the men will learn something new!

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    amateurhouramateurhour One day I'll be professionalhour The woods somewhere in TennesseeRegistered User regular
    I've been wanting to do a Hot One's night where I make plates for 6-10 people, and take turns asking them pre-written questions from like a deck of whatever card game strikes your fancy.

    I like drunken Ted Talks too, so that might have to happen.

    Now the trifecta would be a mock trial/debate club night.

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    Hahnsoo1Hahnsoo1 Make Ready. We Hunt.Registered User, Moderator mod
    The trick is to not have it feel like "homework" or a "school project" that you have to do (unless that's the sort of thing that gets your motor running), and also to have a strict guideline on the amount of time someone can spend (i.e. Keep it short).

    My friends and I did this online during the pandemic. We called it "Turt Talks" (our group mascot is Google's old Turtle cartoon emojis, specifically the one sitting at a drum kit doing a rim shot), and covered subjects like "What is the best Pokemon to keep as a pet?" and "Birds aren't real".

    Dropout.tv currently has a show called Smartypants that is basically this, with professional improv/standup comedians giving the talks. It's pretty hilarious.

    https://youtu.be/64SoFWJHSd8

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    spool32spool32 Contrary Library Registered User regular
    Jackbox Party Pack 7 has a game called Talking Points that is very much this!

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    Dark Raven XDark Raven X Laugh hard, run fast, be kindRegistered User regular
    edited June 13
    tbf Demi Adejuyigbe could make a lecture on paint drying fun

    Dark Raven X on
    Oh brilliant
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    GyralGyral Registered User regular
    Because PowerPoint is a blight upon the world that should not be inflicted on anyone as per the Geneva Convention?

    Like, I work in managing print and the number of people who think PowerPoint and Canva should be used to make brochures is appalling. When I'm dictator of the world, these people will be first against the wall.

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    ElJeffeElJeffe Roaming the streets, waving his mod gun around.Moderator, ClubPA Mod Emeritus
    spool32 wrote: »
    Jackbox Party Pack 7 has a game called Talking Points that is very much this!

    Jackbox is pretty great. A lot of their games are basically just "fuck around and laugh at the results".

    I submitted an entry to Lego Ideas, and if 10,000 people support me, it'll be turned into an actual Lego set!If you'd like to see and support my submission, follow this link.
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    Havelock2.0Havelock2.0 Sufficiently Chill The Chill ZoneRegistered User regular
    spool32 wrote: »
    Jackbox Party Pack 7 has a game called Talking Points that is very much this!

    It’s actually pretty fun

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    MatevMatev Cero Miedo Registered User regular
    I love these kinds of games, but it's hard to convince friends to get into it. I definitely fall into a cadence that's somewhere between a carnival barker and a revival preacher once I get going on a presentation

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    ForarForar #432 Toronto, Ontario, CanadaRegistered User regular
    edited June 13
    ElJeffe wrote: »
    spool32 wrote: »
    Jackbox Party Pack 7 has a game called Talking Points that is very much this!

    Jackbox is pretty great. A lot of their games are basically just "fuck around and laugh at the results".

    I was fond of the You Don't Know Jack series, and was pleased to discover that they've been continued, or at least have a spiritual successor of some sort.

    Murder House Mystery Party is my favourite, with the 2nd version having some solid updates to the game.

    Variations of Quiplash and T.K.O. come up fairly regularly as well.

    Ever since early in the pandemic, I've been enjoying playing board games with a group of friends on Saturdays, and various Jackbox games are sometimes the focus of said game night, or an addendum if we wrap up the other games early. Sometimes it's custom Scattergories, or a variation on Trivial Pursuit they run that mixes up a series of categories, so you might be answering questions from Science and Nature, Seinfeld, Star Wars, Disney, Star Trek, and Lord of the Rings boxes.

    Other times it's actual board games. Fortune and Glory, Last Night on Earth, A Touch of Evil, etc.

    Forar on
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    RingoRingo He/Him a distinct lack of substanceRegistered User regular
    My Zoomer roommate tried to explain these to me as things people do, not just Comedians desperate for content on Dropout

    I calmly patiently clearly explained to them that, as someone in their 40's, PowerPoint is a testament to man's cruelty and that using it "for fun" is only something psychopaths would do

    Their rebuttal was, "But all the transitions!"

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    OrcaOrca Also known as Espressosaurus WrexRegistered User regular
    Ringo wrote: »
    My Zoomer roommate tried to explain these to me as things people do, not just Comedians desperate for content on Dropout

    I calmly patiently clearly explained to them that, as someone in their 40's, PowerPoint is a testament to man's cruelty and that using it "for fun" is only something psychopaths would do

    Their rebuttal was, "But all the transitions!"

    Do a 10 minute rant on why powerpoint transitions suck!

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    Jam WarriorJam Warrior Registered User regular
    This whole thing is white collar Stockholm Syndrome and it'll take one hell of a slick PowerPoint to convince me otherwise.

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    spool32spool32 Contrary Library Registered User regular
    edited June 14
    Orca wrote: »
    Ringo wrote: »
    My Zoomer roommate tried to explain these to me as things people do, not just Comedians desperate for content on Dropout

    I calmly patiently clearly explained to them that, as someone in their 40's, PowerPoint is a testament to man's cruelty and that using it "for fun" is only something psychopaths would do

    Their rebuttal was, "But all the transitions!"

    Do a 10 minute rant on why powerpoint transitions suck!
    Honestly this woudl be glorious. Use the most egregious transition insanity and then turn to the screen like "LOOK AT THIS SHIT, WHO THE FUCK THOUGHT IT WAS GOOD. Moving on, we'll examine star wipes *click* and OH MY GOD COME ON"

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    RatherDashing89RatherDashing89 Registered User regular
    I'm not gonna lie, though I consider myself fairly funny and don't mind playing it up a bit for my friends around a TTRPG or board game table, this sort of activity falls squarely in the realm of "things professional entertainers do for fun when hanging out with their professional entertainer friends." I have a hard time picturing this working in a group of normal people.

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    OrcaOrca Also known as Espressosaurus WrexRegistered User regular
    I'm not gonna lie, though I consider myself fairly funny and don't mind playing it up a bit for my friends around a TTRPG or board game table, this sort of activity falls squarely in the realm of "things professional entertainers do for fun when hanging out with their professional entertainer friends." I have a hard time picturing this working in a group of normal people.

    You don't have to be a professional entertainer to show off what you did on vacation. Or to regale your friends with stories about your bullshit job. Or hell, to do a presentation on your exes if you want to set yourself up to be roasted. It's squarely in the realm of "don't overthink it, the audience is forgiving (because it's your friends)".

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    OrcaOrca Also known as Espressosaurus WrexRegistered User regular
    It's like looking at professional comedians playing D&D and saying "I'm not a pro comedian, I guess I can't play D&D."

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    RatherDashing89RatherDashing89 Registered User regular
    I guess, it's just there's actually a pretty big gulf between the way Critical Role plays D&D and the way real people play. And going into a game of D&D expecting a Critical Role experience usually doesn't go well. And the "normal D&D" version of a Powerpoint Presentation about your vacation or job or some topic you're interested in seems like it would be...having a conversation with your friends? I suppose I can see some benefit of formalizing "everybody shut up until I finish my story and then you can tell yours", it just seems like it's going a bit too far on the formality.

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    kimekime Queen of Blades Registered User regular
    This sounds like something fun that I'll never do because I don't have any adult friends visiting anymore ever :lol:

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    Hahnsoo1Hahnsoo1 Make Ready. We Hunt.Registered User, Moderator mod
    Different strokes for different folks. I had fun doing them with my particular friend group, but I can also very easily see how it wouldn’t be appealing (I mean, good lord, it’s public speaking when you don’t have to do it!). It’s like asking me if I wanted to go hiking or hit the bars (presumably fun activities that bring me no joy). Still, humanity has a long history of doing unfun things in a fun way for laughs, and it’s all about the group vibe.

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    Nova_CNova_C I have the need The need for speedRegistered User regular
    Hahnsoo1 wrote: »
    Different strokes for different folks. I had fun doing them with my particular friend group, but I can also very easily see how it wouldn’t be appealing (I mean, good lord, it’s public speaking when you don’t have to do it!). It’s like asking me if I wanted to go hiking or hit the bars (presumably fun activities that bring me no joy). Still, humanity has a long history of doing unfun things in a fun way for laughs, and it’s all about the group vibe.

    To be honest, the last thing I want to have to do before going to a party/gathering is homework. I can barely muster the will to prepare for my D&D games that I DM. I am not doing up slides and a presentation.

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    syndalissyndalis Getting Classy On the WallRegistered User, Loves Apple Products regular
    I like public speaking, and I also am the guy who will quickly shoop up a meme or video edit for a laugh on the internets, so this is probably up my alley.

    Yeah - different strokes I guess.

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    OrcaOrca Also known as Espressosaurus WrexRegistered User regular
    That's probably part of who I'm seeing at these things. Teachers, doctors, nurses, and techies. All professions where you do some amount of presentation in front of small groups so it's not like that part is scary. The scary part is revealing something personal. Or just doing the work so you have something semi-prepared (complete preparation is not required).

    There's a self-selection going on as well for people that think it sounds fun and will respond happily to the suggestion, and those that think "meh" and won't respond.

    I heard about it from a stranger and thought it sounded hilarious and fun so I wanted info. If you don't like the sound of it you won't be raring to sign up.

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    CaedwyrCaedwyr Registered User regular
    Preparing a presentation is a skill that gets better with practice. My wife did a similar type of "show and tell" style presentation with a group of friends over the pandemic and since she is a teacher and prepares multiple unique presentations each week, it was the work of 15 minutes for her to slap something together in a template she's already experienced with using, grabbed some random images and had a presentation that came across as a professional marketing spiel compared to what everyone else had prepared.

    That said, selling it as a "show and tell" us something you are interested in or would think is funny, can be a way to get more interest instead of scaring everyone off with the words "PowerPoint Presentation". Show and Tell is something you did in kindergarten. PowerPoint is the uncomfortable and awkward to use tool for the dreaded public speaking presentation.

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    OrcaOrca Also known as Espressosaurus WrexRegistered User regular
    I love the framing of Show And Tell for Adults, because that's exactly what it is.

    I mean, you could literally go "here bugs I think are cool" and I for one would be here for it.

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    amateurhouramateurhour One day I'll be professionalhour The woods somewhere in TennesseeRegistered User regular
    Honestly it's what (mostly) dudes have been doing in man caves for a while. (me and the guy that taught me how to brew beer and what 3d printers were and stuff) Like I love Shakespearian Guesting Law© kinda stuff and this is absolutely due for a comeback

    are YOU on the beer list?
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    amateurhouramateurhour One day I'll be professionalhour The woods somewhere in TennesseeRegistered User regular
    It's probably a reaction to Covid, and the right one at that

    are YOU on the beer list?
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