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PowerPoint Power Tips (hint – stop doing what you always do!)

by | Apr 16, 2024 | 2 comments

Audiences rebel against PowerPoint

Have you ever gone to sleep at night saying to yourself, “Darn! I wish I had seen one more PowerPoint deck today.” ?

Have you ever gone to sleep saying to yourself, “Darn! I wish I had been more inspired today.”* ?

You, all of you, from CEO to Sales to Personnel to Purchasing, you are killing us with your PowerPoint.

That’s because bullets kill.

Five Main PowerPoint Offenders

  • Too many graphics on one slide.
  • Too many topics.
  • Too many bullets & too many sentences (which are worse than bullets).
  • Too many details.
  • Too many dissolves, spins or other cheesy transitions.

Every Main Offender on this list starts with “too many” because you are over-stuffing each slide. We do not know where to look first. In the midst of our confusion, we stop listening to you in hopes of being entertained by something on your slide.

Boredom + lethargy sets in and we shift over to what we really want to do – a sneaky wild round of Candy Crush Saga.

So, what’s a great slide look like?

It’s VISUAL.

Effective slides incorporate these three commandments

  1. Thou Must use good, clear (not copyrighted by someone else) pictures that support your message.
  2. Thou Must think ‘Less is More’ when putting your slides together. At the very least, can you please take one busy slide with many points and divide it into several slides so that each one has only one point/slide?
  3. Thou Must remember YOU are the presenter, NOT your slide deck. Don’t hide behind your PowerPoint deck – literally (you’re standing in the dark or hidden by your computer) and figuratively (you’re reading your slides and adding nothing else).

On the other hand, keep doing what you always do and Speak For Yourself® & Associates will remain busy cleaning it up for you!

Any exceptions?

PowerPoint can serve as a report for the judge, or a financial record for a publicly held company. Depending on the industry and the speech function the PPT must include all the data.

For most presentations PPT needs to be streamlined. OR put the detailed charts and graphs as an appendix.

*FYI, inspiration comes from stories that reinforce your message that can be supported by great visuals.

© 2024 Karen Cortell Reisman, All rights reserved 

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2 Comments

  1. Kay Hickey

    100% agree!

    • Karen Cortell Reisman

      Hi Kay – Yes… keep your visuals … well, visual!

      But I did have a conversation with an attorney this morning and there are times when the PowerPoint serves as a report for the judge, or in the business world the PPT serves as the CFO financial record. Depending on the industry and the speech function the PPT can be detailed.

      For most presentations PPT needs to be streamlined.

      Always great to hear from you.

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