Some of you are no doubt beginning to prepare job talks in hopeful anticipation of the great things that will happen in the coming weeks. Anyway, given that I'm old enough to have never used Powerpoint, and will never need to use it, here are a few observations I found in my notes from an on-campus job talk or two that I witnessed some years back.... Some are a little cranky, but they can be reformulated as tips.
1. Do you really think anyone in the room needs paragraph one of Kant's Groundwork projected and then read aloud? Does the picture of Kant (the one we've all seen) really add anything?
2. If you're going to strawman Strawson, it would have been better not to project a quotation that demonstrates that you've done so. Maybe next time you should read the whole of the text you've placed on the fucking slide?
3. You've gone on for 10 minutes with no slide change. You moved from Kant to Kamm to Strawson to Blackburn. So why am I still looking at a stupid line drawing of a trolley?(What, no trolley photo on the Internet?)
4. A-ha! You've forgotten that you've been using Powerpoint! To catch-up or not catch-up? That is the question. Noooo!!! DO NOT FLIP THROUGH THE OLD SLIDES! The argument sounds even worse second time around.
5. Love the "Thank You!" slide at the end. Makes me think you were worried that otherwise you might forget to thank the audience. Probably should have said "I apologize" instead.