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The Best Way to Use Words and Pictures in Your Presentation by Jerry Weissman

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The Best Way to Use Words and Pictures in Your Presentation

Jerry Weissman

In 1873, John Godfrey Saxe, an American poet, published a poem based on an ancient Indian fable about six blind men who were asked to describe an elephant by touch.1 One man said it was a wall, another a spear, another a snake, another a tree, another a fan, and the sixth man called it a rope. The last stanza of the poem concludes

And so these men of IndostanDisputed loud and long,Each in his own opinionExceeding stiff and strong,Though each was partly in the right,And all were in the wrong!

The point of both the poem and the fable is to demonstrate the importance of seeing objects (and objectives) from an overarching view rather than just as component parts; to see the ...

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