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Presentitis: Conversation with Robert Befus

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Robert BefusBob Befus is passionate about helping scientists and clinicians present the results of their research. In the 1980s, he co-founded a company that eventually became Research Presentation Strategies (RPS). RPS developed and manages SlideSource.com, a presentation management tool that lets you organize and share your presentations from one secure online library anytime, anywhere.

In this conversation, Bob discusses Presentitis.

Geetesh: Bob, what exactly is Presentitis? Also, are those who suffer from Presentitis aware that they have a problem?

Bob: Presentitis (pre-sen-TIE-tis) is a serious, slide-related stress disorder that is common among all types of PowerPoint users. It causes a wide range of chronic health problems for both presenters and the people who create and manage their presentations.

Recent studies have shown that presentitis is on the rise around the world and often goes undiagnosed. It may affect as many as 26,000,000 people in the United States alone. But sufferers may not even realize they have this serious, debilitating condition.

Diagnosing presentitis can be tricky. Symptoms can be vague or extremely similar to other ailments like gallbladder problems, bladder or urinary tract infections or gastritis.

Presentitis - SlideSource

One of the first symptoms sufferers become aware of is a profound and chronic state of frustration resulting from disorganized PowerPoint slides and presentations. The second is often an overwhelming urge to sleep during the day due to anxiety and sleeplessness at night. While other symptoms may vary greatly from one sufferer to another, the most common symptoms occurring in the majority of sufferers include:

  • Feelings of frustration when changes to presentations are lost
  • Difficulty concentrating due to feeling overworked
  • A dull ache in the cranial region
  • Loss of appetite or cravings for comfort foods
  • Anxiety over version control problems
  • Sleeplessness as a result of having to recreate lost slides or merge versions of presentations
  • Embarrassment when the wrong version of your presentation makes its way to the screen
  • Cognitive dissonance when the slides you thought were in the presentation have inexplicably and completely disappeared
  • Feeling like you are the only person in your organization who understands the importance of effective presentation management
Presentitis - SlideSource

Geetesh: Can you tell us more about the cure for this state?

Bob: While presentitis is a common and serious disorder, it is largely preventable and can be cured even after symptoms appear. Preventing and curing presentitis is simple, and the cure has no adverse side effects.

Managing individual slides and presentations in an easy to use online library will prevent the onset of Presentitis… and quickly cure it once it has developed.

Years of research and clinical testing have gone into the development of SlideSource.com, the only approved cure for presentitis. Slidesource.com brings powerful slide and presentation management to every PowerPoint user and presenter in an easy to use cloud-based solution.

With SlideSource.com, users report 100% elimination of the symptoms of presentitis... along with increasing feelings of control and confidence because they always know where the most current versions of all their slides and presentations are.

If you are wondering if you might have presentitis, you can find excellent resources and even take a self-assessment test at Presentitis.com.

If you know you are a presentitis sufferer and want to move right to the cure, visit SlideSource.com.

Presentitis - SlideSource

See Also: So Many Slides: Conversation with Robert Befus

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