You would think in this day and age of Garr Reynold and Presentation Zen, Seth Godin and Really Bad PowerPoint or Cliff Atkinson and Beyond Bullet Points, there would be no excuse for poor quality PowerPoint presentations. Unfortunately, people continue to churn out ineffective presentations.
Here are some links and resources for improving presentations:
Joseph Sommerville provides a list of common presentation sins.
- Slide Transitions And Sound Effects
- Standard Clipart
- Presentation Templates
- Text-Heavy Slides
- The “Me” Paradigm
- Faith in Technology
The 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint by Guy Kawasaki
Nine Steps to PowerPoint Magic by Seth Godin
How to Prevent PowerPoint overload by Cliff Atkinson
Presentation Tips from Garr Reynolds
There’s no excuse for bad PowerPoint. There are lots of resources available to help you create a presentation that will communcate effectively.
It’s easy to compound our innate fear of public speaking by delivering a really bad presentation. There’s nothing worse than fighting the nervous butterflies in your stomach and seeing the glazed-eyes look of your audience as you slowly bore them to tears.
Neil Patel has posted 10 Tips for a Killer Presentation. My three favourites:
- Don’t abuse your visuals – Usually your visuals are posters, charts, or even a PowerPoint presentation. Whatever your visuals may be, keep them simple and don’t put too many words on them. The audience isn’t there to read your slides, they are there to listen to you present.
- Make them laugh – Although you want to educate your audience, you need to make them laugh as well. I learned this from Guy Kawasaki and if you ever hear any of his speeches you’ll understand why. In essence, it keeps the audience alert and they’ll learn more from you than someone who just educates.
- Talk to your audience, not at them – People hate it when they get talked at, so don’t do it. You need to interact with your audience and create a conversation. An easy way to do this is to ask them questions as well as letting them ask you questions.
I have one more tip that I’ve had to learn the hard way: Tell stories – People don’t want to sit through a dry recitation of facts, statistics, policy, etc. They want to hear how what you have to say plays out in real life. Learn to tell stories.