Corina Yen - 12/03/2007
Consider using less text on a slide
- just include enough to prompt you, the speaker, and to keep the audience on
Use powerful visuals. they can be
iconic. (Check out Corbis or
Veer for stock photography or do a
Google image or
Remember where you are presenting -
size of the auditorium and lighting conditions (images may be difficult to see
and if the text is too low on the slide it'll be hard to read)
More slides don't necessarily have
to take more time - sometimes it's better to spend less time on each slide so
you can add more (bigger) visuals to your presentation and make each slide
easier to digest
Focus not on what you did but what
you learned and insights you came to - start with a vision, then use your
activities this quarter to explain why that is the path - don't just
chronologically list every benchmarking activity and prototype you
Number your slides so that audience
members can refer to specific slides with their questions
Be sure to explain unfamiliar terms
Consider using other media and
presentation options: a short, well editted video clip, a prop, or a
Karp - 03/24/2008
PowerPoint - Is It For Them, Or For
The concept is "Speaker Support".
PowerPoint - or whatever you use for presentation graphics - is supposed to
reinforce the information you're sharing.
Is that what you do with it? Or do
you use it as a prompt for yourself?
Worse yet, do you read your
PowerPoint slides to the audience? (Just don't.)
If you need something to prompt you
during your talk, use paper. Reading off the screen is boring (frankly) and
also makes you turn away from the group. They get your message better when you
face them and make eye contact.
Keep your slides simple with
minimal text. Otherwise you're dividing people's attention between trying to
read what's on the screen and listening to you. They can't do both at
And the more text on the screen,
the less likely anyone in the back can read them at all. More type equates to
smaller, harder to read font.
Bullets are simply to keep people
oriented to the point you're on. Use as few words as possible, and no more than
five per bullet.
Learn how to use the "build"
feature to bring up one point at a time. Again, it limits distraction. You'll
find it in Slideshow: Animations: Custom...: Options.
Better yet, consider simply using a
large title. I often use a single word or an image on the screen as I speak.
Just as often, I use nothing.
These rules are violated on a vast
scale, as well-intentioned presenters fail to communicate their important
information and insights.
With these few simple methods, the
power of your presentations will explode!