10 things Dilbert cartoons taught me about presentations

I’m a huge fan of Scott Adams’ Dilbert comic strip. It’s witty, wacky and sardonic humour is right up my alley. And anyone who’s experienced the joys of working life can relate to Dilbert’s corporate mishaps. We all have a Pointy-Haired Boss, a Wally, an Asok and an Alice in our lives.

But when it’s the pain of poorly executed presentations that Scott Adams is poking fun at, well then, I’m doubly delighted! So, without further ado, here are 10 things I learned about presentations, courtesy Dilbert.

1. Presentations are central to workplace culture

Honestly, how would we function without PowerPoint slides to look at?

Dilbert comic on presentations

2. Presentations can make or break your career

It’s true.

Presentations can make or break your career

3. Presentations can be deathly boring

Actually, I already knew this one from experience.

Dilbert and death by PowerPoint

4. Presentations can change the world

Pointy-haired bosses notwithstanding, PowerPoint can pack a punch.

Dilbert discovers that presentations can change the world

5. Not all presentation tips are created equal

And please, don’t picture the audience naked either.

Dilbert receives presentation advice

6. Your image choice in presentations is important

No to clipart, no to stock images and no to poorly drawn illustrations.

Dilbert experiments with presentation images

7. Making presentations can be painful

Unappreciative audiences are the worst.

Presentation delivery pains Dilbert

8. Presenters must compete with smartphones

Ah smartphones… One of the many joys of presenting in the digital age.

Dilbert discovers that PowerPoint loses to smartphones

9. Nobody likes a long presentation

But one slide is a little extreme.

Dilbert discovers slide count matters

10. Post-presentation Q&A can be hard

The torture is inevitable.

Dilbert's team does presentation Q&A

What else have you learned about presentations? Let us know in the comments! Or click here for more Dilbert.

And drop us a line if you need help making your next presentation a not-painful, perhaps even pleasant, experience!