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DEATH BY POWERPOINT Ian Trimble
“PowerPoint doesn’t kill meetings. People kill meetings. But using PowerPoint is like having a loaded AK-47 on the table: You can do very bad things with it.” –PETER NORVIG (GOOGLE)
Approximately 350 PowerPoint presentations are given every second around the world.....
and approximately 99% suck.
POWERPOINT IS NOT THE PROBLEM
So....... What can I do?
Tell A Story
Begin with the Narrative Compare & Contrast
I N F O R M AT I O N O V E R L O A D
Engage Your Audience
USE BOLDING AND COLOR FOR EMPHASIS
"People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint" –STEVE JOBS
S H O W Y O U R PA S S I O N
You're Audience Knows When You Don't Care
WORKING WITH IMAGES Q U A L I T Y M AT T E R S BIGGER IS BETTER M AT C H C O L O R S , S T Y L E S A L I G N C A R E F U L LY
SIMPLE DESIGN RULES
An Extra Slide is
DON'T DO THIS • Here I am writing down every word that I am going to say aloud when I give the presentation. All the text taking up space on the screen is going to make it really difficult for people to listen and to read everything at once, even though they are the same thing.
ONE POINT PER SLIDE
Be A Merciless Editor
F E W M AT C H I N G C O L O R S
Don't Cause Eye Damage
P H O T O S , N O T C L I PA R T
KNOW YOUR SLIDES
'T N O D “ T E L L T H E M W H AT Y O U ’ R E G O I N G T O S AY, S AY I T, T H E N T E L L T H E M W H AT YOU SAID.”
DON'T USE $!*#& FONTS!
TA H O M A MICROSOFT SANS SERIF ARIAL VERDANA COURIER NEW TIMES NEW ROMAN TREBUCHET MS LUCIDA CONSOLE COMIC SANS ! ! ARE $!*#& FONTS
Why do People make fonts TOO BIG or TOO SMALL
W H I T E S PA C E I S A G O O D T H I N G
AV O I D TOO MANY SPREAD SHEETS
100 75 50 25 0 Only Use Charts When Necessary
SPEND TIME REHEARSING. AND AGAIN. AND AGAIN.
• An outstanding 1 hour presentation can take hours or more of prep time. 30
I F Y O U R E A L LY N E E D N O T E S , U S E P R E S E N T E R V I E W.
U S E B U L L E T P O I N T S S PA R I N G LY
PowerPoint is NOT the only game in town.
L E T ' S R E C A P. . . . . M I S TA K E S T O A V O I D : U G LY S L I D E S LOW QUALITY TOO MUCH INFO L A C K O F P R E P E R AT I O N NOT ENOUGH VISUALS
Have A Backup Plan
IN SUMMARY Effective Presentations Are: Concise Clear Make effective use of visuals
DON'T KILL YOUR AUDIENCE
DON'T BLOW THE ENDING
YOUR AUDIENCE WILL REMEMBER THE ENDING
“Power corrupts, PowerPoint corrupts absolutely.” – E D W A R D T U F T E ( YA L E P R O F E S S O R )
I promise to never kill anyone with my presentation again. ........................................................... (you sign here)
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