Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Using PowerPoint Effectively
Seth Godin doesn't like the way most PowerPoints are used and has been saying so for several years.
Here's his summary of how to use a PowerPoint effectively - it sounds good to me.
Here are the five rules you need to remember to create amazing Powerpoint presentations:
1. No more than six words on a slide. EVER. There is no presentation so complex that this rule needs to be broken.
2. No cheesy images. Use professional stock photo images.
3. No dissolves, spins or other transitions.
4. Sound effects can be used a few times per presentation, but never use the sound effects that are built in to the program. Instead, rip sounds and music from CDs and leverage the Proustian effect this can have. If people start bouncing up and down to the Grateful Dead, you’ve kept them from falling asleep, and you’ve reminded them that this isn’t a typical meeting you’re running.
5. Don’t hand out print-outs of your slides. They don’t work without you there.
Read his more recent post on the subject: PowerPoint makes us stupid.
Photo by Gareth Saunders